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Driving on the Impact Highway

Friday, June 1, 2012

From Qatar to Canada, Iceland to India, an engaged group of Forum Associates and key Advisors from last June's Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 have been leading implementation initiatives for a low-carbon energy future.

This group is actively working across international borders to create lasting impact from the recently launched Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030.

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) will be using this Energy 2030 Blog to share exciting news and updates of their activities.

What is the Impact Phase?

In June 2011, the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 brought together scientists, policy advisors, entrepreneurs and young leaders to shortlist key energy technologies and create a roadmap for their implementation over the next 20 years.

This roadmap was called the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030.

Following the summit, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) launched a global impact phase for Forum Associates and key Advisors to help bring us closer to a sustainable energy future. They are actively working to lead projects, make valuable connections, and share the unique process behind the findings.

Metaphorically, this group is building an energy-efficient bus and following this roadmap down an impact phase highway.

Launching the Blueprint

One major stop on the impact highway was launching the Energy Blueprint in February 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).The kick-off session consisted of a panel discussion and presentation with:

  • Wilson da Silva, Editor-in-Chief, COSMOS Magazine, and Equinox Summit Moderator
  • Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo, and a Lead Author of the Energy 2030 Blueprint
  • Dr. Jason Blackstock, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, and a Lead Author of the Equinox Blueprint
  • Lauren Riga, Equinox Summit Forum Associate and Director, Environmental Affairs & Green Urbanism, City of Gary, Indiana

This launch also garnered some impressive media coverage on the front page of the Globe and Mail, and in ScienceNOW, Nature News, Policy Options Magazine, and a cover story for COSMOS Magazine.

You can watch the session on video here.

More to Come

Other pit stops along the impact phase highway have and will include activities across the globe – and WGSI will be sharing more about those in the upcoming months.

Keep watching the Energy 2030 Blog to follow our progress, as well as a forthcoming events tool at WGSI.org. We invite you to stay connected via Facebook and Twitter (@wgsisummit) as well!