"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)




Opening session
Awards ceremony


Invited lecture: Prof. Detlef van Vuuren Untying the Knot: Explorations to Meet Climate and Sustainability Goals
Invited lecture: Prof. Bernd Möller The Essence of Geography in Energy Sciences
Panel: Sustainable development in smart cites and smart islands for faster energy transition and democratization of public utilities

Moderator: Prof. Goran Krajačić
Prof. Davide Astiaso Garcia
Dr. Yee Van Fan
Dr. Julian Wang
Prof. Iva Kovacic
Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek

Invited lecture: Dr. Joeri Rogelj The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: a New Milestone for Our Understanding of Human-caused Climate Change
Invited lecture: Prof. Marie Münster The Impact of Sector Coupling on Future Energy Systems
Invited lecture: Prof. Soteris Kalogirou Status of Renewable Energy Systems in the World
Invited lecture: Prof. Şiir Kılkış Enabling Pathways towards Sustainable Urban System Scenarios for Effective Climate Mitigation
Invited lecture: Prof. Pierluigi Mancarella Flexibility and resilience from multi-energy systems
Closing session



Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.