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This second edition of FEET will be held in Montpellier from 24 to 26 May 2023.
This three-day cross-cutting forum brings together all the players involved in deploying a low-carbon circular economy (Regional and local communities, manufacturers, start-ups, academics, students, etc.).
The forum for finding solutions for a successful low-carbon energy transition
According to the International Energy Agency, 80% of the world's energy mix is based on fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), which are responsible for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving the goal of the Paris climate agreement, i.e., limiting the rise in mean global temperature to between 1.5 and 2°C, would require a 6.5-fold increase in wind power, a 12-fold increase in solar power and a 40-fold increase in electric mobility between now and 2040 (IEA 2020), while continuing to develop nuclear and hydraulic energy. All this means a high demand for strategic metals.
France’s Multi-year Energy Programme is based on diversifying its low-carbon energy sources: renewable (photovoltaic, wind, hydroelectricity, etc.) and nuclear. Achieving the energy transition therefore implies securing access to strategic metals (lithium, cobalt, rare earths, etc.) and controlling their use to ensure our energy independence. The transition is also an opportunity to organise new primary and secondary material supply chains, to innovate to diversify energy sources and to create new professions. Finally, reducing energy consumption requires new uses of technology in line with our real needs, based, for example, on mobility that allows us to limit emissions, control expenditure and contribute to individual and collective well-being.
FEET 2023 is mobilising researchers in science and social sciences, industries, institutions and civil society to present and design new technological solutions and applications for industrial sectors and regional and local communities. Re-industrialisation, collective sobriety and human development... what solutions for a desirable future?