Energy is the natural resource paving the way for the stimulation and development of the lives of human beings. Energy supports the model of societies and, as a multifaceted concept, sparks intriguing questions regarding the universe and humanity itself. Societies’ access to energy sources directly determines concrete scenarios in their social, economic and environmental development. Scientific research and technological advances, linked to the optimization of the various energy sources, define the functional approaches of societies and can drive a sustainable energy future. Expo Astana 2017 Future Energy is conceived as an extensive, integral project that addresses the fascinating topic of energy from several perspectives, allowing for it to be contemplated as a determining factor in how societies and everyday life function.
Future Energy is a broad and thought-provoking theme for addressing the challenges of today and anticipating future solutions.
The Future Energy project is supported and organized on the pillars of sustainable development, understood as a process aimed at meeting economic and social needs as well as those relating to cultural diversity and a healthy environment.
Future Energy has the clear objective of exploring strategies, programmes and technologies aimed at sustainable energy development, promoting energy security and efficiency, encouraging the use of renewable energy, and guiding visitors through their essential, active role in the design and execution of a plan for energy efficient production and use.
Both in its construction as well as in the message it conveys, Future Energy presupposes an abstraction that assumes the adoption, implementation and use of the best energy practices for the immediate future, condicio sine qua non for sustainable development. Future Energy also contemplates raising awareness regarding energy as an inherent asset of humanity that should be used responsibly and efficiently.
The mission of Future Energy is to appeal to the international community’s sense of responsibility by way of institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals, with the aim of generating debate and awareness regarding the decisive impact that energy management has on the lives of people and that of the planet.
The vision of Future Energy is to highlight solutions and paths that ensure sustainable energy management. These pathways are aimed at combating climate change and reducing CO2 emissions; promoting energy alternatives – renewable energy in particular – and driving energy efficiency programmes; ensuring energy security; managing energy production, storage and use; and guaranteeing universal access to sustainable energy.
These solutions are expressed in the Expo’s subtitle: “Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge”. They impact social, economic and environmental development and provide ways of addressing this greatest of all challenges.
The key concepts of Astana EXPO 2017 – socio-economic and environmental – derive from the contemplation of energy use in a context linked with sustainable development.
In regard to the socio-economic sphere, the key concepts addressed within the project can be summarized as follows:
• Promoting renewable energy and other energy alternatives.
• Energy efficiency and responsible consumption.
• Electrification of transport.
• Universal access to clean energy.
• Energy security.
• The inseparability of energy and matter, life, and human beings.
In regard to the environmental sphere:
• Fossil energy resources, limited and highly polluting in their use as the primary source of electric energy.
• Global warming and climate change.
• Pollution and its health risks.
• Reduction in fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Dedicating an International Exposition to the theme of FUTURE ENERGY entails thinking about a topic that is basic to our existence and critical for safeguarding and improving our quality of life. This is the case especially since the more or less conventional energy sources powering our machines, heating our homes and lighting our cities are triggering uncertainty and alarm because of their progressive depletion, their viability and the serious impact of their use on the planet, our health and our security.
It is not only natural but necessary, therefore, for an event such as Astana EXPO 2017 to address the possibilities of FUTURE
ENERGY in an effort to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans.
Astana EXPO 2017 will help us look at energy from a common, global viewpoint that takes into account the challenges and concerns facing humanity, safeguarding our health and the environment while boosting economic and social development. This balance depends on many elements and is everyone’s responsibility.Source: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en/page/energy/