The Symposium R&D on Energy in Barcelona will bring together high ranking researchers in the field of energy economics. The energy sector is facing major challenges in most of its activities and segments. The main challenges are related to the mitigation of climate change and increasing efficiency, and fostering innovation is crucial to meeting these challenges. The meeting will examine various questions related to the link between the energy sector and R&D activity. The first topic is on the main challenges and issues for R&D on energy, comprising the climate change mitigation, the roadmap 2050, and the debate regarding the R&D investment targets and sufficiency. The second topic is patenting which is focuses on patents as proxy of innovations with impact over the energy sector, developed both within and outside of this sector. The third topic regards efficiency projects and financing constraints, which include issues as the impact of R&D over the efficiency, and the debate regarding financial constraint to perform R&D activities on energy sector.
The meeting, to be held in Barcelona on 28 January 2014, forms part of the activities organised by the UB-IEB Chair in Energy Sustainability, sponsored by the Foundation for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (FUNSEAM). The group hopes that the symposium will help disseminate the work of leading researchers in the field of energy economics, with a particular emphasis on R&D on energy.