Despite efforts since the late 1980’s by the global community, especially the United Nations, to take a proactive stance on the sustainability of energy resources, the stark reality is that global consumption of energy has not diminished. In fact, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have increased nearly 30% since 2000, and roughly 85% of global energy now comes from fossil fuels. Moreover, recent spikes in world oil prices, as well as energy related crises such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan have focused attention on challenges with the existing energy landscape.
The 2013 Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Conference will be held in Hiroshima, Japan: the City of Peace. The three-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and professionals. Under the theme of Integrating the Disciplines, the objectives of PRESCO 2013 are to exchange ideas, present research, debate issues facing sustainable energy as it intersects with the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the global sustainability paradigm.