G-STIC is a conference series focused on accelerating the development, dissemination, and deployment of integrated technological solutions needed to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC is all about implementable solutions that are scalable, feasible and affordable both from an economic and a societal perspective.

The first edition of G-STIC took place from 23-25 October 2017 in Brussels (Belgium) and was attended by more than 1,000 participants. By capturing real‐life experiences and knowledge of participating policy makers, technology researchers, business and industry captains, and civil society, G‐STIC 2017 aimed at jumpstarting transitions to more sustainable production and consumption processes, with a clear purpose to connect technological innovation to policy making for sustainability.

G-STIC helps accelerating opportunities

G-STIC 2017 highlighted that, to realise and accelerate opportunities for integrated technological solutions, it is vital to work across sectors, to promote new business models and value chains, to demonstrate how the combination of integrated solutions and new business models works, and to rethink local, national and global policy making. That requires leadership in sustainable development to advocate and make the changes that are good for people, planet and prosperity.

Thematic Cluster: Energy Positive Communities

A clear outcome of G‐STIC 2017 is that to achieve the energy‐related SDGs, demand‐driven, energy positive community approaches are as important as, if not more important than, supply‐driven centralised systems. Hence a paradigm shift is needed to ensure that

  1. local, regional, national  and international energy planning, provision, etc. give at least the same amount of attention to energy positive community approaches compared to centralised energy systems, and that 
  2. the technologies used to deliver energy to end users reflects both a decentralised, bottom‐up as well as a centralised, top‐down approach.

Decentralised solutions as such do not present themselves as an alternative to a centralised grid, but rather as integrated or synergistic options with a central grid. This demands a balanced approach to energy planning and a number of technology innovations for the integration of centralised and decentralised solutions, such as advanced hybrid management systems and flexible power electronics.

The focus of G-STIC 2018 will be on the energy system and scenario planning tools. If applied correctly and effectively, they can provide the basis that is required for large-scale long-term investments in integrated technologies. With the energy-related discussions at G-STIC 2018, we want to

  • discuss current status and gaps of new tools for central and local energy planning and scenarios,
  • explore how affordable integrated technologies & energy services, going beyond the basic energy needs and the energy/water/food nexus, are included in these planning approaches,
  • analyse the impact of these tools on the decision-making process of national and local governments, investors, large and small energy players.

ARE is pleased to be a partner of the Conference.


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Date events
28 November 2018 to 30 November 2018
Brussels, Belgium
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Ling Ng

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