Some upcoming events in South Africa, Canada, Belgium and Bulgaria…
Planning Africa’s energy future
South Africa’s new energy resource plan (IRP 2), which aims to reduce the country’s reliance on coal by increasing renewable energy and nuclear, is expected to be passed into law in April, according to a report on ESI-Africa.com. 95% of the country’s power is currently supplied by coal; the draft plan calls for 16% renewables.
To learn more about all things energy in Africa, attend Power & Electricity World Africa 2011, 28 March-1 April 2011, Sandton, South Africa. ‘Africa’s clean energy vison’ is one of the key themes.
Financing Renewable Energy in Canada
Did you know that Canada is the second largest producer of hydropower? It currently produces about 60% of its energy requirements this way and that’s due to rise as some large projects currently under construction come online, such as the installation of two additional 500 MW generators at the Mica project, which has been generating power with four smaller generators since 1977. For further details and other examples see this entry.
Developments of this scale need serious financing; if that’s your bag attend REFF Canada, 5-6 April, in Toronto, which promises to bring together financiers and developers.
Rise of the Green Economy
The Renewable Energy market in Europe grew from 10 bn euros turnover in 2004 to 70 bn in 2010, and the number of people employed during that period rose from approximately 200,000 to 550,000, according to EREC’s report REthinking 2050. They clearly believe this growth will continue, creating new jobs and market opportunities, which chimes with UNEP’s call for us to develop a global Green Economy, in its recent report ‘Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’.
In Brussels, Belgium, on 24th May, EREC’s 4th biennal conference will outline Europe’s energy pathways to 2050.
Early Bird still open
You’ve got until 13th March to qualify for the early bird discount when registering for the South-East European Forums on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Waste Management, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 13-15 April. The forums will put you in touch with 700 international and regional experts during the three days of business and networking. More than 200 leading manufacturers and service providers from Austria, China, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and the Balkans will be at the parallel exhibitions.
Spreading the learning
We’ve improved access to documents produced as a result of REEEP-funded projects on our website – you can now click-thru from Project pages to any project outputs contained in our digital library; see e.g. Cap and Trade Scheme for the Mexican Auto Industry with the documents linked under ‘project outputs’ in the beige box on the right-hand side of the page.
There are lots more examples on our Toolkits site, which you can search by a range of filters – project theme, type of technology, geographical location, etc. That should keep you busy for a couple of weeks until I’m back with more events news!