The Best Mix: An Energy Cultural Transformation
By 2050, the world’s population is projected to be centralized in megacities, defined as cities with over 10 million people. With this increase in population, higher energy amounts will be needed to power the daily activities of people. The most innovative way to generate power is having a conscientious effort in maintaining a fine balance of energy security, economic efficiency, and environmental sustainability. However, as renewable energy cannot keep up with current demands, fossil fuel usage will see an increasing trend. In fact, despite Central Asia’s significant renewable potential in wind, solar, hydro, and biomass energy sources, Central Asia is still predicted to be dependent on fossil fuels in the near future, as it is an area also rich in natural resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Thus, in this panel, delegates will discuss the implications of a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the reasons that propagate a cultural transformation based on regional demand and supply, the necessity of innovations with net-zero emissions, and finally the true prospect of an optimal energy mix.