Energy security today and tomorrow: definitions, measurements, policy implications

Aleh Cherp, Central European University

The talk will start with a discussion of approaches to defining and measuring energy security in a policy-relevant way. It will outline the three fundamental questions of energy security: What to protect? From which risks? By which means? and explain the three historic perspectives on energy security: Sovereignty, Robustness and Resilience. Subsequently, the talk will illustrate these ideas with findings of the recently completed Global Energy Assessment on present-day energy security worldwide as well as on future energy security under various energy de-carbonization scenarios. It will explain what issues dominate the energy security landscape today and which are likely to dominate it tomorrow.

About the speaker
Aleh Cherp is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and the Academic Secretary and Research Director at CEU. His research interests include energy security and sustainable development strategies under transitions. He is the Convening Lead Analyst on Energy Security of the Global Energy Assessment and has undertaken professional work for the European Environment Agency (EEA), UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and USAID among others. He has also served on the editorial boards of several journals. He is also the coordinator for MESPOM, the Erasmus Mundus Masters course in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, which CEU operates jointly with Lund University (Sweden), the University of Manchester (UK), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute for International Relations (USA) and the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He is also a visiting professor at Lund University, Swedish Agricultural University and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden). Prior to joining CEU in 2000, he earned his Masters and PhD at Manchester University and worked with NGOs and the United Nations in Central Asia, Russia and Belarus. He also founded an Environmental NGO in Moscow during the political change in the Former Soviet Union. His first degree was in Physics. He currently lives in Sweden.

Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference Room

Date: 22 March 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET