LONDON, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - A competition sponsored by Statoil and
managed by The Economist Intelligence Unit has launched, designed to
generate ideas and build awareness of innovative solutions to the
world's energy challenges.
The competition looks to stimulate discussion and generate entries,
focused on three core questions:
Skills for innovation - To build on its past strengths and successfully
adapt for the future, the energy sector will need to access a skilled
pool of talent - well-trained engineers, technicians and scientists.
How do engineers, technicians and scientists stimulate innovation in
the energy sector? How can education systems and businesses develop a
broader approach to STEM skills and make related professions more
Diversifying our energy mix - The world faces two major energy
challenges over the next 40 years. The first is to meet rapidly rising
demand for energy and the second is to realise this goal while also
achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions. How can
technology and innovation help meet these twin challenges? What are the
most promising alternative sources of energy?
Ensuring access to energy in developing countries - Affordable, reliable
energy is critical to boosting prosperity, health and education. Yet
more than 1.5 billion people in the developing world lack access to
grid electricity. This has become even more acute because of the
increased vulnerability brought about by climate change, the global
financial crisis and volatile energy prices. What key policy changes
and investments are needed to secure access to energy in developing
countries? What are some of the most innovative local approaches that
could be rolled out elsewhere?
Students, graduates, business executives and energy experts are invited
to contribute their ideas and views on these issues in the form of a
written essay, video or infographic by 17:00 GMT on 23rd December 2013.
Entries will then be reviewed by a high-level panel of judges who
specialise in each category, including Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate
Group; Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council,
James Smith, Chairman of the Carbon Trust; and Jose Goldemberg,
Brazil's former Secretary of State for Science and Technology. Format
specifications can be found on the contest website http://www.energyrealitiescompetition.org.
The competition will culminate in a 90 minute live-streamed webinar on
25th March 2014, facilitated by The Economist Intelligence Unit. This
webinar will bring together four energy experts and the competition
winner to debate how these challenges should be approached.
View the web video: http://www.digitalnewsagency.com/stories/7794-competition-launches-to-inspire-innovation-in-energy
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