Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center

A Message from the L-CEM Group

To comply with one of the Rio+20 outcomes, the United Nations launched a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the about-to-expire Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The Low-Carbon Energy Management (L-CEM) theme was initiated at Stony Brook University (SBU) after we participated in a Low Carbon Society (LCS) conference that was hosted by the Institute of Global Environmental Strategy (IGES) in Hayama, Japan in June 2009. Subsequent efforts in this area focused on putting together components of the L-CEM, with input from the international community, in the form of two volumes: “Pathways Toward A Low Carbon Society” (2010); “Low Carbon Society for A Green Economy” (2012). Early this year, the L-CEM initiative was formally launched at AERTC with seed funding from SBU.

Thank you for visiting the L-CEM webpage. We invite you to further browse the site for faculty profiles, active projects and active international partnerships set-up to date. We realize that the impact of L-CEM is global and the scope is too large for any single institution to undertake. Our recent exciting partnerships are:

U.S.: A multi-university partnership National Science Foundation Center for Bioenergy Research & Development (NSF-CBERD), an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) focused on biofuels research (www.bioenergynow.org).

Europe: A 9-country Biomass consortium under the Marie Curie Actions- IRSES. A European Commission (EC)-NSF Collaboration that is exploring economical pathways to biomass volarization (http://eabiolab.industriales.upm.es/IRSES/index.html).

China: Partnership with Tongji University, China, administered by the U.S. Department of State and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), under the U.S.-China EcoPartnership program http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/partnership/stony-brook-university-tongji-university. The project will utilize landfill gas to power and transportation fuels.

Africa: Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), a partnership between the Leakey Family and Stony Brook University, to develop power, cooking and transportation fuel from regional sources to help alleviate poverty in Africa (www.turkanabasin.org).

We continue to look for strategic international partners to expand the scope of our portfolio that will supplement areas that are crucial to speeding up implementation of the L-CEM. After all, development of technologies in-line with the 2 Degree Scenario (2-DS) is key to maintaining the health of our planet http://www.iea.org/etp/etp2012/.