On-line Availability of Conference Presentations

All available Plenary, Dual-plenary and Concurrent Session presentations will be displayed at this Conference web-site after the Conference. For this purpose, we kindly request that all Speakers (who would agree to having their presentations displayed at the web-site) hand in an electronic copy of their presentation file to the Organization Committee member responsible for their Session Room.

The Conference Scientific Program is now finalized.

If you are a Speaker, Panel Member or Chairperson in any of the Conference Sessions, we especially request that you check and confirm the Time Window, Title and Session of your activity.

The lunches have been prepared by the Turkish National Culinary Team Captain, Ümit Yüksel”. Please check http://www.tumaf.org.tr/en/default.aspx.

Welcome message by the mayor of İstanbul.

It is our great pleasure to announce the 31st IAEE International Conference Bridging Energy Supply and Demand: Logistics, Competition and Environmentand invite you to the wonderful historical city of Istanbul.

Turkey’s geopolitical location provides a natural energy corridor bridging East and West, while at the same time linking Northern and Eastern Europe with the Mediterranean. It will serve as an appropriate backdrop for the conference’s exploration of the most sensitive, controversial and strategic issues facing the global energy sector in the opening quarter of the 21st century. Among them: oil and gas economics, geopolitical dimensions of maintaining reliable supplies, and alternative supply sources and transportation routes.

This Conference, hosted by the Turkish Association for Energy Economics (TRAEE), will provide a professional and objective discussion platform for people from all segments of the global energy industry (such as, researchers, developers, providers, transporters and users). This diverse gathering will provide an excellent opportunity to explore current energy issues, gain insights into global energy policies, understand factors that will shape the energy sector in coming years, and evaluate uncertainties in energy markets.

The Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period starts in 2008, and the conference will discuss emission certificate trading, pricing and post-Kyoto conditions. In order to highlight both this nice twist of fate, and Kyoto’s flexibility mechanisms facilitating emission reductions, the organizing committee will initiate a study to
reduce the environmental burden of the conference by establishing a fund to finance the reduction of an equal amount of emissions elsewhere. Our target is to organize a zero emission conference – for the first time in IAEE history.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable conference in Istanbul.

Let’s meet where continents and cultures converge.

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Energy Conservation And What Is Being Done

When it comes to energy conservation, it probably doesn’t surprise you to know that the USA is the second largest producer of energy in the world after China. One might say that this could equate to the size of the population. Whilst in essence this is probably true, the conserving of wasted energy is fast becoming a real priority.

The US the Department of Energy (DOE) has four key areas that use natural energy and these are transportation, industrial, commercial and residential. The DOE has specified a national energy policy and have implemented a series of incentives that can aid each sector to become more energy efficient.


Overview – This sector includes all personal vehicles as well as commercial haulage. Also included in this are boats, trains and aircraft (both passenger and freight). Out of this sector around 65% of energy is being produced by vehicles which are powered by gasoline. Around 20% is produced by ships and trains and the remaining 15% is through air traffic.

Energy conservation incentives  – The government introduced a ‘gas guzzler’ tax on low fuel economy vehicles to dissuade people from buying such large vehicles. They have introduced a heavily subsidized public transport system and are ploughing money into making it more efficient. Other incentives such as car pooling, particularly in larger cities where increased designated high occupancy lanes are being rolled out.


Overview – Refers to private residences, houses, condo’s or dormitories where people reside. Many alarms have been sounded when it comes to energy efficiency. The latest figures show that almost half of the total figure for energy wastage in homes is expended on heating and cooling places of residence. This figure obviously varies from state to state because of the variety of climates across the country.

Energy conservation incentives -Heating and cooling systems are far more efficient now than they were ten years ago and improvements are being made all the time. Companies will offer free checks to see just how energy efficient your system is. Passive houses is another approach that the government is looking into. Starting in Germany in the 1990’s houses were being built in such a way that they needed little or no energy for heating or cooling, using clever design techniques. At present there are around 3000 of these houses around the world, and in America, there are only 13.


Overview – This sector includes businesses such as retail, restaurants, office buildings and other work places that are non industrial. The biggest expenditure in this sector is again cooling and heating, however it only represents around 30% of the total energy expended. Instead lighting at around 25% has a much bigger part to play.

Energy conservation incentives – By clever use of light and space, energy wastage can be limited  through building design. A ‘turn it off’ campaign was also launched by the government  to promote energy efficiency through simply switching off lights. Smart meters were also introduced that make employees aware in cold hard cash terms, the amount of electricity being expended.


Overview – This sector includes the processing and production of all goods and this extends to manufacturing, mining, farming and water management. This is the sector that the biggest energy losses were being made but over the last 30 years have improved.

Energy conservation incentives – The energy consumption needed to produce paper and steel have fallen by around 40% in recent years and energy expenditure from the oil/petroleum refining and cement production industries has also dropped by 25%. This is mainly due to the focus on recycling of waste materials  using co-generation equipment. Governments are now forcing the hand of companies to be more energy efficient and to come in line with some of the other forward thinking countries.

Although energy conservation has become one of the top priorities for world leaders, we still have a long way to go if we are  to be totally energy efficient as a planet.

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What exactly is Green energy?

I’m sure that most people would have heard of the term ‘green energy’ at some point or other in the last decade or so, but when we really think about it… do we fully understand the meaning of the term? It would be worth hazarding a guess that the majority of people understand the term to mean an alternative energy source that doesn’t utilise our ever depleting supply of fossil fuels, that is also renewable and more importantly, sustainable. In a way they would be right, but if you dig a little deeper there is more to it than that.

Nuclear power

Some critics argue that nuclear power comes under the green energy umbrella, as it is a renewable energy source and it is also sustainable. Therefore this meets the criteria for green energy. However  organizations such as Greenpeace do not agree as they say that it carries with it a significant risk to both humans and the environment we live in.

Carbon Capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (otherwise known as CSS) is also a debatable green energy topic because although it doesn’t directly use fossil fuels, what it does do is to capture and store the carbon emissions that are burned by the power plant before they travel into the atmosphere. Although this is good for the environment, the carbon still has to be stored somewhere and  companies do this  by turning it back into a liquid and pumping it back deep into the sea bed.

The true meaning of green energy

As you can see this term can be slightly ambiguous and is fairly broad, and even if you check the internet, there are still differing explanations of what ‘green energy’ really is. With this being the case one has to be very careful in their choice of words. For many people the ideal ‘green energy’ would be an energy source that utilises our natural resources with very little pollution, that is also completely renewable and sustainable

So what would make an ideal green energy?

‘True’ green energy sources utilise the power of the sun, winds, tidal movements and also the natural heat of the earth. Good examples of this would be solar power using panels, wind energy utilizing large wind turbines, wave and tidal energy using hydro-power technology and also geothermal energy which harnesses the power of the earth’s heat. All of these methods utilise completely natural resources which are not likely to ever run out and by harnessing the power of them there will be little  pollution.

It is worth noting at this point that no power source is completely pollution free. Even from the point of construction of the plants that turn these natural resources into power, there simply is no ‘pollution free’ solution. Some people tend to object to any power plant on the grounds of cost, and other say that it can be an eyesore and ruin the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Whilst all of these things are probably true, one thing is for sure…we cannot rely on fossil fuels forever and we have to find other ways of producing energy before it’s too late.

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