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Bahrain 7th Seminar in Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development
15-18 february 2015, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Aim & Objectives

Sustainable development is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the pres- ent, but also for generations to come. The term “sustainable development” emerged from the 1987 report of the UN’s World Commission on Environment and Development, entitled Our Common Future* . The commission was created to address growing concern “about the accelerating deterioration of the human environment and natural resources and the consequences of that deterioration for economic and social development.” In establishing the commission, the UN General Assembly recognized that environmental problems were global in nature and determined that it was in the common interest of all nations to invest in and establish policies for sustainable development. The field of sustainable development can be conceptually broken into three constituent parts: environmental, economic, and sociopolitical sustainability.

In this seminar, the environmental sustainability will be discussed through discussing the contribution of sustainable and renewable energy towards a sustainable environment. Sustainable development and environmental sustainability will be first intro- duced. Then, components of sustainable and renewable energy will be thoroughly dis- cussed. These components include: photovoltaic technology, solar thermal technology for heating and cooling, and wind technology. Other renewable energy technologies – such as wave power, geothermal power, tidal power, nuclear power, biofuels, and fuel cell – and energy efficiency improving technologies will also be briefly discussed. Ample time will be available for discussion and answering participants’ questions.