Clean Energy Events Listing: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, South Africa & UAE

I think I may have discovered a new renewable energy source… I just need to work out how to plug REEEP’s Programme Team into the grid! Since my last Events Listing they have been beavering away to whittle 577 applications under REEEP’s 9th Call for Proposals into a shortlist of 84. You can read more and download the shortlist here. I don’t have news of 84 events, but I’ve got a few – in Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Bonn (a Call for Contributions) and Brussels. As with last time out, I’m starting you off with Christiana Figueres…

Chatham House rules don’t apply

It seems Chatham House rules aren’t consistently applied at Chatham House: you can download a transcript of the speech that Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCCC, gave on Monday at the 16th Annual Chatham House Conference on Climate Change.

Talking of the clean energy transformation, she said, “the impetus… comes from the growing realization of each country that it is in its own self-interest to use its own local clean energy sources, to eliminate wasteful use of energy in all its forms, to provide access to clean energy to those who do not have it. The impetus comes as soon as we change our engagement from a “you first” attitude to “first mover” ingenuity , as soon as we understand that far from being a burden, solving climate change is actually a compelling opportunity.”

I’m sure that some of that ingenuity would come in handy in Southern Africa, and should be on display at the Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (2012SAEEC), 14-15 November, Johannesburg, South Africa. Topics covered will range from mining and industrial energy optimisation, business and technical case studies, energy management in buildings, alternative energies to standards and government requirements.

Energy and Water

The Masdar Institute is looking at large-scale solar thermal desalination plants, and according to Dr Hassan Fath, Masdar’s Professor of Practice – Water and Environmental Engineering, the UAE and the GCC region stands to benefit enormously. More on that here and if you want to catch up on the latest in the region, and the rest of the world, join REEEP in heading to the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, 15-17 Jan 2013.

Latin Winds

Brazil’s total installed wind capacity could rocket from the current 2769 MW to 19,420 MW by 2020 according to business intelligence provider GBI Research (see here for more).

That sounds like a decent reason to get yourself to Sao Paulo on 26-28 November for Wind LATAM!


As I said in the last Events Listing, REEEP’s International Secretariat is based in the offices of UNIDO in Vienna. Our landlords are organising an important event next month, so I’d better tell you about that, hadn’t I? The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) is on 19 – 23 November at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. It will showcase successful Southern-grown development solutions and is designed as a concrete response to the strong commitment made by the Secretary-General and the UNDP Administrator to help the global South realize its shared aspirations for achieving sustainable and equitable development.

Resilient Cities 2013 call for Contributions

While we’re on the subject of south-south development, one current REEEP-funded project is ICLEI’s Local Renewables: South – South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia & South Africa. The organisation’s main event each year is Resilient Cities, an annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation. They are currently looking for contributions for the 2013 instalment, in Bonn, Germany from 31st May to 2nd June. If you would like to make a presentation, run a workshop or exhibit a poster, you can apply here.

IEEFP stands for…?

Yep, it’s a new one on me too. IEEFP stands for International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol. If that sounds like something that might interest you and you want to find out more, there’s a One-Day International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol Workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on November 27, 2012.

News of that workshop comes via Pierre Langlois, President of Econoler, who are currently working on a REEEP-funded project on EE labelling system for household appliances in West African countries. Pierre and Shirley Hansen have written ‘World ESCO Outlook’ (just published and available here). For the book they brought together in-country experts from nearly 60 countries to share their knowledge and experience as to what makes Energy Performance Contracting  successful in their specific environments.

That’s it for this week. See you for the next edition, when I may have something to tell you about future Events Listings…

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