We’re in full swing preparing for Rio+20, which will mark REEEP’s 10th birthday. One major activity is a speed-brokering event that we will be co-hosting with UN DESA; see below for details on how to pre-register. If you’re not going to be in Rio, don’t worry, I’ve got news of a major RE finance event taking place in New York at the same time, as well as another upcoming event in Brasilia and one in Durban.
Pre-registration for REEEP/UN-DESA Speed-brokering event
Pre-registration is now open for an exclusive speed networking session at the Rio+20 conference; an event we are co-hosting with UN DESA. This session will be a unique opportunity to quickly forge a number of prominent senior contacts in the sustainable development arena – particularly for those with a stake in three key thematic areas of energy, sustainable cities, and water.
The Speed-brokering event takes place from 3-6pm on Thursday, 21st June in Pavilion T (Major Groups), and if you pre-register by next Wednesday 23rd May, event access can be provided for participants who do not otherwise have Rio+20 accredition.
Take 2-3 minutes to pre-register now, using this link:
There you’ll be asked to give contact details for yourself and your organization, your areas of interest and expertise, and information about the sort of contacts you’d like to make at the session. Just one senior level nomination per organization, please.
The final selection of participants will be made to ensure a balanced mix of private sector, public sector, major groups and Partnership representatives. We’ll confirm by the end of May whether or not we’re able to offer you a slot.
Further information on the event and a flyer/info sheet for download is available here. If you don’t pre-register you can’t be there – so if you are planning to be in Rio, take 2 minutes to pre-register now!
Cloudy skies don’t look good for solar power in the US
Increased uncertainty surrounding what, if any, US federal support will still be available for renewable energy projects and the shifting focus of government in this election year make for uncomfortable times for many in the renewable energy sector: this FT article paints a rather gloomy picture. Join the 9th Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street to look through the political cloud and consider alternative strategies on 19 & 20 June 2012 (New York, USA).
LATE NOTICE Distributed Microgeneration in Brazil
Very late notice on this one, for which apologies, but if you’re in Brasilia next week you might be interested in attending the 3rd Seminar and Exhibition on Distributed Microgeneration (22-23 May, Brasilia, Brazil). By generating energy at the point of consumption, micro-generation can become an important tool for poverty eradication policies, particularly in isolated and remote regions.
DATE CHANGE for Smart Cities in South Africa
No, I don’t mean some cities in South Africa have decided to follow Somoa’s example and switch sides of the international dateline! The date for the Smart Cities Summit in Durban that I told you about last time round has been moved to 10-12 July 2012 to allow inclusion of points raised at the Rio+20 summit in the agenda.
Smart city planning is becoming the norm in countries as far apart as the USA, China and Europe. This event will cover a host of local challenges related to smart cities, most notably: an increased demand for energy, inefficient transport services, outdated water and waste networks, adapting IT integration, rising pollution levels, a strain on health and security, education and poor urban management.
I’m going to be skipping a week between now and the next Events Listing, so next edition will be during w/b 4th June. See you then!