MILESECURE-2050: Transition towards Low Carbon Energy Society

MILESECURE-2050 is a FP7 SSH.2012.2.2-2 project funded by the European Commission. It aims to understand and overcome the political, economic and behavioural trends that led Europe to its difficulties in reducing fossil fuel consumption, and in diversifying its energy balance at rates which guarantee European energy security in the next years (2050), reduce the threat of climate change, and diminish the risk of an energy gap in the coming decades.


The main objective of the MILESECURE-2050 event is to present the first findings of the Project to a large European audience, create a fora for discussion and facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experiences among the members of relevant scientific communities and stakeholders at large.

Key policy actors in environmental sustainability, members of professional and technical associations and single researchers concerned with environmental issues, are all invited to discuss how the quantitative and qualitative models and scenarios produced through the MILESECURE-2050 project can contribute to the evolution of energy security within and outside the EU member states. The elements that have been taken into account over the course of the first year of the Project, range from the macro dimension of geopolitical tensions, economic factors, European policies, to a societal level with the study of  social cohesion aspects and individual awareness about energy related issues.

The research has been based on the analysis of key existing scientific literature about energy security, European transition policies and existing trends and scenario from the national to global level. Researchers have identified a theoretical framework designed to study the different societal dimensions characterising energy transition towards a post-carbon society and energy security. The aim is to explore the historical evolution of energy policies at the global and European scales as well as the international debates concerning energy security and transition.

A wide number of concrete best practices with energy transition at the local level throughout Europe have been identified and assessed. These “Anticipatory experiences” anticipate the basic features of a broader and more complex transition to environmentally sustainable ways of producing, consuming,) and distributing energy within all European societies. 


08.30 – 09.00: Participants registration

09.00 – 09.15: Welcome by Dr. Massimo Busuoli, ENEA BRUX Unit – EU Liaison Office and Prof. Patrizia Lombardi, Politecnico di Torino, MILESECURE-2050 Project Coordinator

09.15 – 09.45: Opening speech by Dr. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, European Commission Scientific Officer, DG RTD

9.45 – 10.45: Position Paper: “The Energy Security Trends and Strategies in the European Territorial Cohesion”. This analysis of the European energy trends, strategies and policies focuses on the capacity of EU to reduce its dependency on external energy sources and to improve the energy mix favouring renewables. The analysis includes a provision of a set of indicators through which evaluate current and future situations in Member States and a qualitative draw about macro-regions, corridors, paths, and, more generally, geopolitical strategies of the European Union with regard to energy security.

Presentation by: Giancarlo Cotella (POLITO)

10-45 - 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00: Position paper: The Human Factor in Energy Transition”. Results from the empirical study of 90 energy transition local experiences in 19 countries. Explanation of a new sociological theory, based on a holistic conceptualization of human energy, equating its technological dimension, social dimension and personal dimension. This approach demands to understand human interactions and behavior as constitutive aspects of human energy, considering energy transition as a social product and not as a technological process alien to society.

Presentation by: Gabriele Quinti (LSC)


Dr. Walter Wehrmeyer, Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES), University of Surrey

Prof. Evasio Lavagno, Coordinator of “Risk of Energy Availability: Common Corridors for Europe Supply Security” (REACCESS) Project

Prof. Steve Curwell, Heys Environmental Consultant Ltd (UK)



Dr. Massimo Busuoli
Dr. Massimo Busuoli
Director of the ENEA EU Liaison Office, Bruxelles. Evaluator and reviewer for the EC, he is Coordinator of the Secretariat of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) of the SET-PLAN and Chair of the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices.
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Dr Walter Wehrmeyer
Dr Walter Wehrmeyer
Center for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, focusing on contaminated land, environmental performance measures and management systems. Worked on Realising Transition Pathways; expertise on participatory approaches and co-operatives.
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Prof. Patrizia Lombardi
Prof. Patrizia Lombardi
MILESECURE-2050 Project Coordinator. Head of the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning at Politecnico di Torino. Professor in Cost Planning of Buildings and Environmental Evaluation at the Politecnico di Torino
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Dr. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero
Dr. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero
Principal Administrator at the EC, DG for Research and Innovation. He is responsible for managing a large part of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities theme of the 7th EU Research Framework Programme.
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Dr. Steve Curwell
Dr. Steve Curwell
Dr. Curwell (BSc, MSc, RIBA) is Managing Director of Heys Environmental Consultants Ltd which undertakes research and consultancy work for Local Authorities on sustainable development and intelligent city issues.
Professor Evasio Lavagno
Professor Evasio Lavagno
MSc in Nuclear Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, full professor in Energy Technologies and Systems, Dean of the Energy School (1993-2003), Director of the Italian Branch of the European Master on Energy, Technology and Environment (1991-2011).
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From 8:30 to 13:00
Brussels, Belgium
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