Workshop on Energy Access, Security & Efficiency

L³EAP project partner University of Mauritius (UoM) hosts a Workshop on Energy Access, Security & Efficiency on 24 September 2015. The workshop takes place at Cotton Bay Hotel, Pointe Cotton, Rodrigues.

Please download the official invitation here:

Programme: Workshop on Energy Access, Security & Efficiency

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First global clusters of Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN) launched

Set up by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), GREIN resembles a new platform for pooling knowledge, sharing best practices, and seeking innovative solutions to accelerate the uptake of clean and cost-effective renewable energy technologies on islands in the Pacific, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, as well as to virtual islands across the world. GREIN’s first activities were the start-up of two global interest clusters, one on renewable energy technology roadmaps for islands (led by Solomone Fifita of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) and another one on renewable energy for power grids (led by Andrew Daka of the Pacific Power Association).

Find slides from the official launch here: http://bit.ly/1HReuEz

Read more about the clusters here: www.irena.org

4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development9 – 11 September 2015, Hamburg

In 2014 the UN-decade of “Education for Sustainable Development” which generated manifold activities and projects in the field of sustainable development came to an end. After its completion there still exists a growing demand for international cooperation and initiatives. As a subsequent agenda to the UN-decade the UNESCO proclaimed the Global Action Program on “Education for Sustainable Development” for the years 2015 to 2019. A roadmap was published as a schedule that clarifies the aims, facilitates the strategic focus and stimulates engagement in the program.

For this reason the RCE Hamburg and Region together with the Research and Transfer Centre Applications of Life Sciences (FTZ-ALS) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) organizes the sustainability fair European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development - „Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions“.

Thematically, the event focuses on a wide range of areas which include (but are not limited to) Education for Sustainable Development initiatives surrounding themes such as renewable energy and resource efficiency, environmental management and climate change.

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Germany leading Renewable Energy Employer in Europe

[By team IRENA, 19/5/205] According to a report being released by IRENA, more than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The 10 countries with the largest renewable energy employment figures are: China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, France, Bangladesh and Colombia.

The report „Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015“ (download here: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015), also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.5 million direct jobs worldwide. As in previous years, renewable energy employment is shaped by regional shifts, industry realignments, growing competition and advances in technologies and manufacturing processes. Jobs in the renewable energy sector are increasingly being created in Asia.

See full news text on IRENA’s homepage.

Fiji, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu: Renewables Readiness Assessments released

[by iisd SIDS Policy and Practice] The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released Renewables Readiness Assessments (RRAs) for three small island developing States (SIDS): Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu.The RRAs find that the three countries could meet their energy needs, expand energy access, decrease electricity costs and strengthen energy independence through a combination of renewable energy resources. As outlined in their RRAs, all three countries are heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports, despite abundant renewable sources: solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biofuel in Vanuatu; solar and wind in the Marshall Islands; and hydropower, biomass, solar, geothermal and wind in Fiji. The Assessments call for employing a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel energy to lessen the islands' dependence on imports and cushion their economies from oil price fluctuations. They find that developing domestic sources of renewable power will be a win-win for both the climate and the economy, mitigating these countries' carbon emissions and creating local jobs.

Read full article at: http://sids-l.iisd.org/news/

17 Nations attending Mauritius Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Mauritius Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate ChangeDelegates from a total of 17 nations, among them many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from as far as Fiji, attended this year’s “International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change” (www.iceecc.org), held in Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius, from 8-9 July 2015. The multidisciplinary event, hosted by the University of Mauritius, focused on a broad range of matters, related to energy conversion and management, green energy, environmental engineering, environmental management, climate change and sustainable development.

By providing a forum to exchange latest technical, policy and capacity-building know-how, this conference successfully disseminated high-quality research results from SIDS and other parts of the world. In a total of eight session and more than 35 presentations, the speakers presented the latest insights from SIDS and beyond, and it discussed future sustainable development with relation to three key aims: energy access, energy efficiency and energy security. Moreover, a dedicated L3EAP session focused on the contributions of higher education institutions in terms of capacity-building for energy efficiency, energy access and energy security.

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3rd L3EAP project meeting held in Mauritius

The L3EAP team, Dr. Thomas Krimmel, Indian Ocean Commission, and delegates from the ICEECC 2015 at the “Fête de l'énergie verte””The L3EAP team, Dr. Thomas Krimmel, Indian Ocean Commission, and delegates from the ICEECC 2015 at the “Fête de l'énergie verte””The L3EAP project team met for its third project meeting in Mauritius. Besides reflecting on project progress, the comprehensive working session discussed next steps towards the implementation of the transnational learning module as well as of the upcoming individual capacity-building activities at the partner institutions. All partners have scheduled some capacity-building workshops that are tailored to the demands of university staff and companies, for the second half of 2015. Moreover, the dates for the next conference in Germany (November 2015) and the final conference in Fiji (July 2016) have been set.

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ICEECC 2015 conference with L3EAP special session

From 8-9 July 2015, the University of Mauritius hosts the "International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC 2015)", a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed international conference on sustainable energy and environment. The 2-day event focuses on energy conversion and management, green energy, environmental engineering, environmental management, climate change and sustainable development, in the context of Small Island Developing States and beyond. One dedicated session on "LifeLong Learning for Energy security, access and efficiency in African and Pacific SIDS" will be facilitated by the L3EAP project (for further information about the conference, see: www.iceecc.org; a review will also be published at: www.project-l3eap.eu).

The conference thus provides a forum to exchange latest technical information, serves to disseminate high-quality research results, presents the latest developments in these areas and discusses future global progress in terms of energy access and energy security together with the associated environmental impacts. The participants attending the event come from a range of sectors associated with energy and the environment. Many have a development background in these areas, e.g. environmental research centres and universities, companies, government and civil society.

Find further information and final programme available online at: www.iceecc.org

Out now: Release of 2nd L³EAP Newsletter

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New Global Atlas App to be launched

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launches a Global Atlas App for smartphones that could be a useful tool to assess renewable energy opportunities in interesting locations all over the world. According to IRENA the pocket helps to answer questions like, can geothermal energy power this island? What percentage of this city can be powered by solar energy? If I want to invest in a wind power project, where are the highest potential locations?

The App will be available for free and will be launched in a webinar on the 16 June 2015 at 6PM GST / 3PM CET / 2PM GMT / 10AM EST.

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Completion of L³EAP´s Work Package 2: Baseline Study - Needs for life long learning in the energy sector

Recommendations for the Conceptualization of SIDS-specific Lifelong Learning Offers on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Security

Recent findings and recommendations from a set of surveys undertaken in the frame of the L³EAP project indicate a distinctive set of hot topics for LifeLong learning and Capacity-building in selected small island developing states. The results of the surveys clearly indicate that there is a demand for training in energy access, security and efficiency (EASE) in the African and Pacific SIDS.

The data gathering for this needs analysis confirmed, amongst other things, that there is a shortage of qualified local personnel (especially in the Pacific SIDS) who could successfully bid for energy tenders and/or provide expert consultancies. As a result, due to limited local capacities, most of the relevant personnel or organizations operating in these areas are still being recruited from developed countries. A single course may represent a valuable starting point to serve these specific demands as well as the general purpose of offering training in EASE. It is suggested that a more comprehensive capacity-building programme may be needed to meet the entire spectrum of training needs of the SIDS.

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Defining the Energy Sustainable Development Goal

By now, ongoing discussions and global negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) appear to take for granted that access to sustainable energy is a key aspect not only in terms of development and poverty reduction but also concerning tackling the challenges climate change poses to many regions of the world, including SIDS. According to an NGO position and well in line with the core objectives of the L3EAP project, the current SDG No. 7 is said to focus on ensuring “access to affordable, sustainable, reliable, and modern energy services for all”, with targets on universal access to energy, increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix and doubling the annual rate of improvement in energy intensity.

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Facilitating the uptake of renewable energy on small islands - IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouse Initiative

In September 2014, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched its SIDS Lighthouses Initiative at the Climate Summit in New York. Through partnerships and focused cooperation, the Lighthouse Initiative aims to mobilise funding and political will to advance renewable energy deployment in island settings around the world. IRENA’s initiative offers a structured, holistic, sustainable framework for small island developing states to foster renewable deployment, taking medium and long-term needs and impact into account.

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International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC 2015), 8-9 July 2015, Mauritius

From 8-9 July 2015, the University of Mauritius hosts the "International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC 2015)", a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed international conference on sustainable energy and environment. The 2-day event focuses on energy conversion and management, green energy, environmental engineering, environmental management, climate change and sustainable development, in the context of Small Island Developing States and beyond. Participants are expected to come from a range of sectors associated with energy and the environment in a development context, e.g. environmental research centres and universities, companies, government and civil society. Finally, ICEECC 2015 will include plenary sessions, keynote speeches, poster sessions and parallel oral presentation sessions. One dedicated session on "LifeLong Learning for Energy security, access and efficiency in African and Pacific SIDS" will be facilitated by the L3EAP project (www.project-l3eap.eu).

Find further information and register online at: www.iceecc.org

USP to kick off new energy project

A new research project which will focus on efficient methods of using clean and affordable energy will soon kick off at USP.

The LifeLongLearing for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP), is a three-year project that will also concentrate on learning about how to become energy secure.

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USP launches new energy project

The LifeLongLearning for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP) project was officially launched at The University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus on January 28.

The three-year half million Euro project will be coordinated by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in partnership with USP, University of Mauritius and Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

At the launch, Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Esther Williams said the university was committed towards improving human capacity in all areas of need.

Read more: USP launches new energy project