Please join us for our first CSS Research Forum of Fall 2018.
Whether you are brand new to CSS or a veteran, you are strongly encouraged to come join us and hear about the work other researchers are doing.
We will serve a selection of PIES.
When: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:00 to 2:30 PM.
Where: 1028 Dana Building
We'll hear a presentation from:
Tedd Moya Mose - Visiting Scholar
Bio: Tedd Moya Mose is a visiting graduate student at the School for Environment and Sustainability and Urban Energy Justice Lab. He is the inaugural PhD scholar at the Energy Law Institute, Queen Mary University of London. His current research interests are inter-disciplinary with a focus on: international energy law and policy, the transition to sustainable energy systems, energy justice, and the role of technology in shaping a more sustainable energy future. He has held visiting multi-disciplinary research positions at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (School of Geography and Sustainable Development) and the University of Cape Town, South Africa (Energy Research Centre). Tedd was a partner at a law firm in Kenya where he advised on energy, environment and natural resources law, corporate and commercial law, and dispute resolution.
Title: Ethical Investment in Energy as a dimension of Energy Justice
Abstract: Energy production, distribution and consumption create problems that raise fundamental questions about what is right or good. Redirecting attention to people, the environment and energy services (not just commodities) exposes the inequity that is prevalent across the energy cycle. A focus on people and the environment connotes that various ethical dimension and sensibilities arise. Questions on justice, rights and equity cannot be detached from the issue of whether the energy system is sustainable. Why is this a problem?
Global energy consumption and demand are rising astronomically. Similarly, carbon emissions are growing exponentially. The energy industry is at the centre of these emissions; with two-thirds of global emissions traced to about 90 companies. Moreover, about a billion people do not have access to electricity and modern energy services. Their lack of access is characterised by disproportionate morbidity and mortality rates caused by use of smoky rudimentary fuels for cooking, heating and lighting. The accelerated programs to connect these populations to electricity will increase the already spiking global energy demand. All stakeholders in the energy system shall grapple with complex issues to meet this demand in a sustainable way.
International energy investment trends indicate that more money flows into fossil fuel projects. There are diverse ethical problems to this. With utility-scale energy projects being long-term, current ventures determine the energy mix for decades to come. Are inter-generational and intra-generational equity a priority to the energy industry? Is it right to wantonly exploit finite resources? Also, the distribution of benefits and disadvantages of energy infrastructural projects present another dimension of injustice. A global assessment of energy investments suggests that (even renewable) energy projects can be destructive and exploitative.
The presentation aims to give an introduction of various concepts that deal with the issue of ethics in energy investment. Through these concepts, it is hoped that we can share diverse perspectives on the issue.