Over 50 participants from 14 different EU and non-EU Countries took part to the 3rd ESEIA Conference at the Technological University of Dublin, Ireland, on 10-12 April 2018, to discuss future pathways for Europe´s transition to smart energy systems in cities and regions.
In the opening ceremony, Brian Norton, TU Dublin Rector, defined ESEIA 2018 as “an important European meeting gathering together industry, universities and research laboratories concerned with achieving a coherent understanding of our fast-changing energy systems”. Over 30 papers were presented and highlighted challenges and solutions in smart energy systems in cities and region; sustainable and smart mobility; urban regeneration and sustainability; and bio-resourcing for cities and regions.
For three days, a distinguished panel of speakers, encompassing politics, academia, public and private sector, contributed to stimulate the debate, encompassing the regional and European perspectives on these issues. Deidre Clune, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport & Tourism, focused on the policy challenges posed by the decarbonisation of EU transport system, funds for infrastructures in the sharing economy, as well as drivers´ changing mobility requirement in terms of technology, environment, and aging population.
Furthermore, Dr. Marlene Kienberger, Graz University of Technology, offered an interesting perspective on the opportunities and challenges of bio-resourcing for cities and regions. From the public sector, Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority in Ireland, intervened in the debate on mobility, targeting the provision, regulation and integration of public transport services, as well as the provision of supporting infrastructure for sustainable transport. Dr. Amadou Ba, IBM Research Scientist, tackled instead the topic of artificial intelligence and the impact of control theory, machine learning, signal processing, and online monitoring in the realm of energy and smart buildings.
Amongst the keynote speakers, Owen O´Doherty, Deputy City Architect of the Dublin City Council; Donna Gartland, Executive Energy Planner of the City of Dublin Energy Management Agency; Brendan O’Brien, Head of Technical Services (Traffic) of the Dublin City Council, contributed to give to the audience a better understanding of the regional dimension of smart energy systems.