"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789
"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

The first Latin American edition of the world renowned SDEWES was held 28-31 January, 2018 in the fabulous Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. It brought together 180 scientists, researchers and experts in the field of sustainable development from 35 countries and 5 continents. There were 178 presentations in 28 regular and 5 special sessions, and we also had the privilege of listening to 3 invited lectures from some of the most distinguished experts in the field.

Presentations from the LA SDEWES invited lectures can be found on the conference website Please feel free to also share it and for more information and updates, look for #sdewes and follow us on social media:

It’s not too late to be a part of one of the best conferences in the field of sustainable development in the 2018. Send your abstracts to one of the following SDEWES conferences:

  • 3rd South East Europe edition of SDEWES, to be held June 30 – July 3, 2018 in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 13th SDEWES conference, the first one to be held on an island, coinciding with the start of "Greening the Islands" initiative, to be held September 30 – October 4, 2018 in Palermo (Sicily), Italy

For all your questions, please contact us on or, we look forward to your abstracts.

LA SDEWES2018 Local organizing committee

The award for Best paper has been granted to:

1. Henning Meschede

"Increased Utilisation of Renewable Energies through Demand Response in the Water Supply Sector – A Case Study"

2. Fausto Freire

"Life-Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Key Electricity Generation Systems in Portugal"

Third place is shared by two papers:

3. Liliana Rusu

"The wave and wind power potential in the western Black Sea"

3. Assed Haddad

"Increasing energy efficiency of building envelopes towards nearly zero energy buildings integrating BIM and LCA"


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