Energy and Equity: framing the WGSI Summit

WGSI Opening panelOpening Panel at the 2016 OpenAccess Energy WGSI Summit 

Global public policy is messy.

How do you even begin to provide meaningful access to energy to the approximately 1.1 billion people on Earth who are energy insecure?

That’s what we’re here to find out.

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a partnership of the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Every two or three years, WGSI convenes a summit of leading scholars, scientists, and policy specialists and puts them to work on a global policy challenge.

This year, it’s about global energy access. Specifically, we want to develop a framework for ensuring electricity is available to “energy isolated” communities around the world.

Last Friday I kicked off this year’s summit by putting our conversation in the context of global equity.

 

You can read or watch the full speech online.

I think it’s important to develop scholarship in the context of real-world challenges and opportunities — there are millions around the world who could benefit from our efforts. That’s as exciting as the scholarship itself.

The Summit wraps today, but really our work is just getting started. We’ll develop a "blueprint" going forward to provide actionable policy options to make open access energy more of a reality. When we publish, it will be available online.

Follow @WGSISummit to stay on top of the group’s activities and communications - and thank you to everyone who participated!

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