"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban
"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
"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
SPECIAL SESSION: Challenges and Solutions for More Sustainable Urban Systems: Perspectives from Latin American Cities and Beyond
Session resume:

More efficient, sustainable, and cleaner urban systems are one of the most strategic necessities in realizing scenarios that limit global temperature increases to at most 1.5°C. Based on projections for cities in a 1.5 degree scenario, urban CO2 emissions will need to peak by the year 2020 and rapidly reduce thereafter by the year 2030 towards reaching average net-zero emissions by mid-century. In C40 cities, which includes Rio de Janeiro, such reductions will need to be at least 26% and 69% by the year 2030 when compared to the emission levels of 2015 and those of the business as usual scenario, respectively.

As the venue of the 1st Latin American SDEWES Conference, the city of Rio de Janeiro is continuing its leadership for sustainable development since the Earth Summit with Vision Rio 2065 (Visão Rio 500). This guiding strategic framework provides the target of attaining carbon neutrality by the 500th anniversary of the city. Under the theme of attaining a green, sustainable, and resilient city, Rio de Janeiro envisions to be a global benchmark for sustainability, including the Guanabara Bay, and increase the penetration of green districts with the use of renewable energy. Currently, Rio de Janeiro has also become the first city in a developing country to join the international efforts of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.

This Special Session will bring leading researchers from multiple disciplines in sharing research results that analyze challenges and/or propose solutions in support of more sustainable urban systems in Latin American cities and beyond. Within this integrated scope, this Special Session will provide a platform for disseminating original research results on urban energy modeling, urban renewable energy and/or energy efficiency solutions, transit-oriented urban planning, water and municipal solid waste management, urban metrology, air, water, and soil pollution prevention due to urban resource flows, as well as cross-sectoral approaches to address the climate, energy, water, and food nexus in the context of urban systems. In addition to districts, university campuses, research institutes, airports, and ports will also be upheld as strategic assets for more sustainable cities. Tools for benchmarking urban systems, including the composite indicator of the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Index, which has been applied to world cities, including Brazilian cities, will provide an international comparison and outlook for the future.

Prof. Şiir KILKIŞ
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
Ankara, Turkey
Şiir KILKIŞ is alumna of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Faculty of Civil and Architectural Engineering, and Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude as the gold medalist in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the SDEWES Center, a Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) for the chapter on “Urban Systems and Other Settlements,” Associate Professor in Energy Systems Engineering, and Senior Researcher at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey with specialization in sustainable urban systems. In her interdisciplinary research work, she developed and applied a SDEWES Index to benchmark cities, ranked international airports and airlines, analyzed sustainable campuses, and deployed a novel net-zero district concept for the pilot project of the Östra Sala backe district in Uppsala Municipality in Sweden. She also developed the Rational Exergy Management Model (REMM) to provide guidance to curb CO₂ emissions in the built environments of the future. Her research foci centers on cities, integrated energy system analysis, net-zero targets, exergy mapping, and benchmarking studies. During her ten year work experience, she contributed to national policies on science, technology and innovation, coordinated the Energy Efficiency Technology Roadmap, served as a delegate to the UN, and led R&D and innovation study visits to Singapore, China, Brazil, and India. She is lecturer of courses within the Energy Engineering and Earth System Science graduate programs at Başkent University and Middle East Technical University. She is actively involved in the International Energy Agency Annex 64 on “Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles.” Prof. KILKIŞ has authored numerous SCI publications, a chapter on “Green Cities and Compound Metrics Using Exergy Analysis” in the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, and co-authored a book on Cogeneration with Renewable Energy Systems.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Materials, buildings and construction systems for sustainable development in different climates
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Cities are a composition of networks, buildings and open spaces. Buildings and networks both need huge amounts of energy, water and materials which are key components to the function of cities. Buildings have special problems concerning performance assessment, many of them related to energy efficiency, water consumption and materials usage. Although the contribution of energy demand is more relevant in buildings compared to the total amount of materials and water usage, it is important to improve all of this three in a large number of buildings, both considering retrofitting, rehabilitation and new constructions. Demand of energy, water and materials in the near future, especially in regions with tropical or subtropical climate differ significantly from cold to tropical and subtropical climates. Suitable solutions for different types of climates may vary substantially from traditional solutions proposed in colder climates. Considerations of sustainability including technical, environmental, economic and social aspects are essential in building design, planning and performance assessment. The whole life cycle perspective should also be included in the full framework towards understanding of the complete set of issues.

The objective of this special session is: Address problems related to materials, buildings and construction systems oriented for the sustainable development of cities in different climates mainly the ones of tropical, subtropical and temperate ones; Recommend solutions for the improvement of energy efficiency, water and materials use in the whole life cycle assessment of buildings.

Prof. Assed Haddad
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Prof. Assed Haddad is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Ph.D. in Production Engineering, a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering. Is a Civil and Safety Engineer (Professional Registered Engineer) and also a Juris Doctor. Certified Quality and Reliability Engineer by the American Society for Quality. He was a visiting professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA), in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). He is a researcher for the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil). Prof. Haddad´s interests and publications focus on life cycle and risk assessment of buildings and urban systems, as well as, sustainability in the construction industry. He has published many papers in journals, book chapters and refereed proceedings. He has also conducted several projects related to these fields.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable combustion
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The dependence of the world’s energy production on fossil fuels and related environmental pollution remain among the greatest challenges today. The combustion of fossil fuels releases large quantities of pollutant and CO 2 emissions into the environment, which are the largest drivers of climate change. The latest report from the scientific panel on anthropogenic global warming indicates that remarkable and joint global action is required to reduce these emissions, and the longer we wait to address this issue, the more difficult, technologically challenging and expensive will become. The need to burn more efficiently and cleanly remains a great challenge and huge responsibility for the international combustion community and therefore the main objective of this special session is to bring together the scientists, researchers, and experts to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of combustion science and sustainable combustion technologies: fundamental physical and chemical aspects of traditional and novel fuel sources; reaction kinetics, combustion emissions, pollutants, soot and particulates; IC engine combustion; gas turbine combustion; furnace combustion; coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion, multiphase flows and sprays; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies.

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and team leader of CFD Combustion Research Group of the Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb.
Prof. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in the combustion of fuels”. His research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of turbulent combustion, pollution formation, multiphase flows and sprays, and also in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. He holds lecturers within courses “Combustion and Radiation Modelling”, “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics” and “Energy Engines”. He has over 100 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Prof. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and several public authorities. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, member of the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, and member of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.
Prof. Mário Costa
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisboa, Portugal
Mário Costa is a Full Professor in the area of Environment and Energy at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). He graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Coimbra in 1984, obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 1992 and his Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. Currently, he teaches the courses of Thermodynamics, Combustion, Renewables Energies and Integrated Energy Systems. He has supervised more than 100 MSc and Phd students. He has participated in more than 50 national and international projects in the area of Energy and Environment and has (co-)authored 1 book, more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 150 papers in international conferences. He was the recipient of the Caleb Brett Award of the Institute of Energy in 1991, of the Sugden Award of the British Section of the Combustion Institute in 1991, of the Prémio Científico UTL/Santander Totta in 2010 and of a Menção Honrosa Universidade de Lisboa/Santander in 2016.
Prof. Guenther Carlos Krieger Filho
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), member of the Laboratory of Energy and Thermal Engineering (LETE) of the University of São Paulo. Holds the following degrees in Mechanical Engineering: B.Sc., Federal Fluminense University (1988), M. Eng. at the Pontificial University of Rio de Janeiro (1988-1991), Dr. Ing., at the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany, 1993-1997), Habilitation at the University of Sao Paulo (2012) and Pos-Doctoral research at the University of Washington (USA, 2012). Conducts applied research on thermal sciences and turbulent combustion using both experimental and computational approaches. His main research areas are turbulent combustion of natural gas and ethanol spray for internal combustion engines and gas turbines. He has also researched on modeling and experiments of forest fires. Has had research and consulting activities to public institutions and leading private companies such as Embraer, Petrobras, Vale, PSA and Shell. Authored more than 50 referred papers on scientific journals and national and international conferences. Advised 03 doctoral student and advised 13 master students. He has organized the 5th Brazilian Combustion School, in Sao Paulo, june 2015.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Life Cycle Assessment and Cleaner Production
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Life Cycle Assessment and Cleaner Production are the main approaches for governments and corporations concerning Sustainable Development, and for this, environmental friendly strategies allied to economical robustness of products and services must be assured. The Life Cycle Assessment and Advances in Cleaner Production Session is a multi/interdisciplinary forum for the exchange information and research results on technologies, concepts and policies based on Life Cycle Assessment and Cleaner Production, and conceived to assist the desired transition to a Sustainable Society. Sample of possible approaches (but are not limited to):

  • Source reduction
  • Environmental management
  • Operation practices
  • Valuation methods and decision making tools
  • Legislation, polices and regulations
  • Education, training and learning

This session have the support of Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN). The ACPN is an international network of researchers in different disciplines involved in sustainability issues. The ACPN is organized in the form of network formed by Sustainability Centers, which are administered by researchers at the Paulista University (UNIP) and its partners. The Inter-University Centre for Sustainability of UNIP is connected to several Sustainability Regional Centers: Beijing Normal University (Asia and Africa), Deakin University (Oceania), Firenze University (Europe), Sonora University (Latin America and Caribbean) and Manitoba University (North America). The partner list can be found at:

Dr. Luiz Kulay
Universidade de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Luiz Kulay holds Master degree (2000) and a PhD (2004) in Chemical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), and carried out a post-doctoral training at the University of Coimbra (2014-2015). In 2010, he began his teaching career at the Chemical Engineering Department from Polytechnic School (PQI-EPUSP) as Assistant Professor.
At PQI, he is member of the committees that coordinate both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and supervises projects at Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral levels. Luiz also co-directs the Pollution Prevention Group (GP2), a research group registered in the Directory of Research Groups of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in 2004. GP2's main line of research aims to provide solutions to improve (or even, optimize) the environmental performance of processes developed in different industrial sectors.
For this purpose, the students and researchers employs a wide range of methodological approaches such as Life Cycle Assessment, Cleaner Production, Multi-criteria Decision Analysis, Multi-objective optimization and Industrial Ecology. Since 2010, Luiz Kulay produced more than 70 technical-scientific communication (articles, book chapters and lectures) addressing the relationships between Industrial processes and Environmental performance, which have been well received by the academic community (Scopus: h index = 8; Google Scholar i10 index = 9). He is founder of the Brazilian Association of Life Cycle (ABCV), member of Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN), and serves to the Scientific Committee of some important journals from Engineering and Earth sciences areas.
Prof. Biagio F. Giannetti
Paulista University
São Paulo, Brazil
Biagio Giannetti holds Master degree (1989) and a PhD (1994) in Sciences from the University of São Paulo (USP), but since 1987 he has been teaching lectures continuously. In 1992, he began his teaching career at Universidade Paulista (UNIP) as Adjunct Professor III, and continues in the same institution occupying the position of Full Professor since 2016. At UNIP, he has already coordinated the Undergraduate Engineering Course and, at present, is professor in the Post-Graduate Program in Production Engineering (Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral levels) and coordinator of LaProMA, a research group registered in the Directory of Research Groups of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in 1995. LaProMA also receives financial assistance from the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP).
Since 2016, Biagio has become Visiting Professor at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, under the National High-End Foreign Experts Recruitment Program in China. He is founder of the International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production (IWACP) and the Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN), and Co-founder of the Paulista Round Table in Cleaner Production. Biagio Giannetti has more than 300 technical publications and products - including books, articles and lectures - related with Production and Environment, which are often cited (Scopus: h index = 20; Google Scholar i10 index = 38). He is Content Editor of the Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management, serves to the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Cleaner Production, is Guest Editor of Nova Science Publisher, and is Associated Editor in the INGE CUC journal. For some years now he is member of the Footprint Global Network Standardization Committee, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and the International Society for the Advancement of Emergy Research, and director of the Advances in Cleaner Production Network Global Center.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Small hydropower and development
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The electricity sector of Latin America has a strong contribution from hydropower electricity generation. In Brazil, for example, more than 60% of its 164 GW electric power generation is due to large hydropower plants, far above the world average that is below 16%. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of large hydropower is also its large social and environmental impact. On the other hand, Latin America has significant potential for smaller and non-conventional hydropower systems that are considered more sustainable and should be to be thoroughly discussed.

This session aims to provide a venue for researchers to present research progress on the technological, economical, environmental and social aspects of small hydropower converting technology and its applications.
Besides the traditional river damming structures to harvest hydropower, there are several new converting technologies such as run-of- river, hydrokinetic, wave and tidal systems that will have in this session the opportunity to be discussed by specialists interested in the sustainable development of water and energy systems.

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Dr. Rudi Henri van Els
University of Brasilia
Brasilia, Brazil
Rudi Henri van Els holds an undergraduate from the Federal University of Maranhão Brazil (1990) and master’s degree in electrical engineering and PhD in Sustainable Development from the University of Brasilia. Actually is a lecturer at the Energy Engineering undergraduate course and the graduate course of Mechatronics Systems of the University of Brasilia. He is also a visiting lecturer in the graduate courses Renewable Energy Technology and Education and Research for Sustainable Development of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.
His interest is in the sustainable use of hydropower electricity generation with special interest in hydrokinetic turbines, mini and micro hydropower plants and its use in decentralized electricity generation. He is conducting research on rural electrification, renewable energy and local development in South America, specially in the Amazon.
Prof. Alexandre Mesquita
Federal University of Pará
Belém, Brazil

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related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.