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WFEO Committee on Energy symposium: Energy transition and Covid-19 crisis: the role of engineers

The WFEO Committee on Energy organized a symposium devoted to “Energy transition and Covid-19 crisis: the role of engineers” on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th October 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our economies and our lifestyles, but both climate and biodiversity emergencies are still with us. New health, economic, political and societal uncertainties complicate the fight against environmental damages and require more efficiency and realism, cooperation and solidarity.

Just over a year ago, let’s remember that there were many debates on the energy transition: the stakes were mainly environmental, with the fight against climate change at the top of the list. The composition of the energy mix, the capacity of our societies to evolve towards other modes of transport and the consequences of the emergence of digital technology were discussed, to name but a few of the debates that were very present in the “world before”.

And then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, a shock of unprecedented violence that surprises us more and more each day by its power, its persistence and the extent, still poorly estimated, of its consequences. Has it modified, directly or through its numerous consequences, our perception of energy issues or of possible energy transitions? What will be the contribution of the engineers in building our new energy landscape?

Wednesday, October 6th

Opening session

Session 1 – Resilience of energy systems to Covid-19 crisis: experience feedback

Session 2 – A larger definition for resilience: a new understanding of risks

The recording is available by clicking on the below image.

Thursday, October 7 th

Session 3 – Energy demand: evolution or disruption ?

Session 4 – On the supply side: the demands of the citizens

Roundtable: Lessons learned so far: the role of engineers


  • Jean Eudes Moncomble, WFEO Committee on Energy Chair (France)

The recording is available by clicking on the below image.


For more information:

Proceedings of the symposium

Video recording of October 6 th

Video recording of October 7 th

WFEO Committee on Energy webpage

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