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Sustainable Economy Committee

Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) is the pioneer of sustainable development studies among the Iranian universities.
In the course of history, economy has been consistently noticed as one of the three essential bases of sustainable development and one of the fundamental principles of human societies.

As a result of the macro-economics’ crucial role in sustainable development studies, and lack of a dedicated Economics Department at AUT, establishing an economical study group in the Sustainable Development Office seems to be necessary. This is why some of the students interested in economics gathered together to form an organized study group, taking advantage of the well-known professors in this field to bring this less-regarded subject a position it deserves.

AUT Economics Group at the Sustainable Development Office (SUST-ECON) tries to focus on the fundamental economical issues in the macro level in addition to sustainable development studies, as well as conducting various activities aimed at raising the economical understanding of the students.

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Virtual water trade and sustainable Development

The second issue of virtual water series

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  • Virtual water trade and sustainable Development.pdf

We need to educate new environmental leaders for climate change mitigation

Climate change, an issues which is not only crucial in scientific societies but also in the life of ordinary people. We could not neglect the importance of this topic in Iran. Otherwise, our country will face with critical problems.

The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They serve as the formal meeting of the UNFCCC Parties (Conferences of the Parties) (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change, and beginning in the mid-1990s, to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. From 2005 the Conferences have also served as the “Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol” (CMP); also parties to the Convention that are not parties to the Protocol can participate in Protocol-related meetings as observers.

The COP conference are listed in following, 1995: COP 1, The Berlin Mandate, 1996: COP 2, Geneva, Switzerland, 1997: COP 3, The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, 1998: COP 4, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1999: COP 5, Bonn, Germany; 2000: COP 6, The Hague, Netherlands; 2001: COP 6, Bonn, Germany; 2001: COP 7, Marrakech, Morocco; 2002: COP 8, New Delhi, India; 2003: COP 9, Milan, Italy; 2004: COP 10, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2005: COP 11/CMP 1, Montreal, Canada; 2006: COP 12/CMP 2, Nairobi, Kenya; 2007: COP 13/CMP 3, Bali, Indonesia; 2008: COP 14/CMP 4, Poznań, Poland; 2009: COP 15/CMP 5, Copenhagen, Denmark; 2010: COP 16/CMP 6, Cancún, Mexico; 2011: COP 17/CMP 7, Durban, South Africa; 2012: COP 18/CMP 8, Doha, Qatar; 2013: COP 19/CMP 9, Warsaw, Poland; 2014: COP 20/CMP 10, Lima, Peru; and 2015: COP 21/CMP 11, Paris, France [1].

COP 19/CMP 9 meeting in Warsaw, 2013

 Furthermore, another main scientific intergovernmental body which works under the auspices of the United Nations is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It was first established in 1988 by two United Nations organizations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The IPCC produces reports that support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is the main international treaty on climate change. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is consisted of three Working Group (WG) Reports and a Synthesis Report. WG-I: The Physical Science Basis, WG-II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability; WG-III: Mitigation of Climate Change. This report provides an update of knowledge on the scientific, technical and socioeconomic aspects of climate change. IPCC also published an Inventory Software and its manual. In Iran also National Climate Change Office (NCCO) was established in January 1998 under the auspices of the Department of the Environment. This office published initial report and second report on March 2003 and December 2010, respectively. The third report is under publishing [2]. In these reports the status of Iran in Greenhouse Gas production in different sectors was mentioned. Because of the importance of climate change, the Goal 13 in SDG is allocated to climate change: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” [3]. Also, it is a main section in Global Environment Outlook (GEO), it should be mentioned that Dr. Maknoon will participate from Iran in GEO 6 .

climate change 2014 report was published

 By the way, recent projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raised fears that storm activity in the eastern Mediterranean would decline this century if global warming continues on present trends[4]. In addition, Iran will face a hotter and drier future due to climate change, Gary Lewis said, the UN resident coordinator in Iran [5]. Decrease on rainfall is the first effect of climate change in Iran. So, some environmental problems are going to become a catastrophe if the government doesn’t act immediately such as Khuzestan haze storm [6] and Lake Urmia [7]. Furthermore, Change the future of agriculture patterns [8],[9] air quality in cities [10] are the main issues regarding to climate change. Consequently, as discussed above, make a clear and robust road map for research institutes, universities, industries, private sections and NGOs should be next step by government.

Compare Lake Urmia in 1998 and 2014 photo adopted

AUT’s Office of sustainability has made its own moral responsibility to reduce the environmental foot print of AUT’s campus. So, we are following the last upcoming events and training students. Some research projects are done to achieve this goal such as green buildings at campus, increase the awareness of students toward climate change by meetings and visiting, calculate CO2 emitting from transportation at AUT’s campus, reduction paper consumption and create a platform for youth entrepreneur in sustainability. We also collaborated volunteering with the UNEP research project on the attitude of Iranian youths for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and a research project on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supported by the Iran environmental protection agency.In both of them, climate change is one of the main sections of both agendas.
It is obvious that we need an immediate action to mitigate or adapt climate change. And students as the youth leaders of future at university need to learn what they could do now and in future. Therefore, it will be necessary to allocate a course in the curriculum of the university or holding workshops for students to encourage them for practical and tangible action again climate change. I would like to finish this article by this slogan “Think Global, Act local”.
Written by: Morteza Nikravan

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/
[2]http://climate-change.ir/
[3]Open Working Group. “Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.” (2014)
[4]https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/news/climate-change-may-boost-middle-eas…
[5]http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/93-interviews/12247…
[6]http://financialtribune.com/articles/people/11450/dust-storms-also-infli…
[7]http://sustainability.aut.ac.ir/node/299
[8]Abbaspour, Karim C., et al. “Assessing the impact of climate change on water resources in Iran.” Water resources research 45.10 (2009).

[9]Gohari, Alireza, et al. “Climate change impacts on crop production in Iran’s Zayandeh-Rud River Basin.” Science of the Total Environment 442 (2013): 405-419.

[10]Orosa, José Antonio, Gholamreza Roshan, and Saeed Negahban. “Climate change effect on outdoor ambiences in Iranian cities.” Environmental monitoring and assessment 186.3 (2014): 1889-1898.

List of dissertation topic which is related to sustainability

AUT’s Office of Sustainability published the draft list of dissertation which is related to sustainability. 

This list prepared by searching the keywords in AUT’s library database and the help of four M.Sc. students (Sevin Mohammadi, Mina zakiPour, Zahra Ghaforian Hesami, Maryam Azarpira).

If your thesis’s topic related to sustainability and could not find in this list, please click here

Please find the list in attachment.

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 Thesis related to sustainability.xlsx

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewable Now

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.

Here are seven reasons why humanity’s transition to cleaner energy won’t be sidetracked by cheap oil.

Water overuse – at the top of the 2015 WEF global risk ranking

Over several years, World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Reports have identified water as one of the three most important challenges worldwide. This year it has moved to the top, as the biggest societal and economic risk for the next ten years.

In the first months of 2014 renewable energy in Scotland exceeded nuclear and became the top source of electricity.

In the first months of 2014 renewable energy in Scotland exceeded nuclear and became the top source of electricity.
In 2011 the Scottish government established a target for the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand to be supplied from renewable sources by 2020.
The government has also set an interim target of achieving 50 per cent of its electricity demand from renewable power by 2015.

After this AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter named by “PISHTAZ”

 

This issue of “PISHTAZ” include:

1. Environmental history

2. Role of women in sustainable development

3. Environmental NGOs summit

4. Introduction to YES

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*     PISHTAZ, Issue 2, Summer 2014.pdf