Proceedings of the
Second International Energy 2030 Conference,
November 4-5, 2008, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
A Systems Approach to Energy and the Environment
Prof. Ronald M. Sega
Colorado State University, USA
Many aspects of energy and the environment contain interacting elements that are best viewed as a system, albeit a complex one. This paper addresses energy and the environment from a broad perspective and frames the solution space via a systems approach. It recommends advances in technology that will be critical for our future and presents a strategy that involves supply, demand and culture change with respect to energy and the environment. Examples of development and implementation of energy strategies include: the Department of Defense technology investment plan for energy and power technologies from 2001 to 2005; the U.S. Air Force comprehensive energy strategy actions and organizational approach from 2005 to 2007; a recent national energy plan released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy; and the Colorado State University’s current efforts to address energy and environment from perspectives of education, research, and operations on its approximately 100,000 acre campus.