We live on income, which is a lot more appealing than day-to-day work. These incomes, in the words of Gorka Bueno< /a> (Doctor in Telecommunications and professor of Electronic Technology at the UPV), are represented by fossil fuels, a great deposit of energy accumulated over hundreds of thousands of years and which, in a few decades, it is foreseeable that start to get empty. The day-to-day work would be renewable energy. An energy that flows constantly but that requires considerable effort to be harnessed.
This is one of the messages that Gorka conveyed most forcefully during his speech in the second edition of Naider Topagunea: What to expect after the Copenhagen Summit?, event in which, as I already announced a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of participating.
Another aspect that stuck with me from Gorka’s presentation: slide 8 which shows a graph of the World Energy Outlook 2008 in which from 2010 the known reserves of crude oil begin to decrease rapidly, while it is assumed that other reserves not yet known will appear or whose extraction will begin to be technologically viable. What he conveyed is the uncertainty that the International Energy Agency is beginning to convey regarding fossil fuel stocks.
Other interesting messages from his presentation and the subsequent debate: we need oil to move towards a model based on renewables, which involves using those incomes in the most efficient way possible; the doubt expressed about small-scale solutions, more local, based on the concept of self-consumption and distributed generation, as opposed to global solutions on a broader scale, such as what I exposed in a post from months ago about the Desertec initiative; Lastly, the reflection on the ultramobility” era that we are currently living in, something unprecedented about which Gorka raised its sustainability.
As icing on the cake, a video summary prepared thanks to the efforts of several of Naider’s colleagues.