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.

Delegates discussing the scientific poster presentationsDelegates discussing the scientific poster presentationsThe 55 delegates were affiliated with environmental research centers and universities, but delegates also came from companies, authorities, NGOs and the Indian Ocean Commission. Through more than 35 presentations and a set of poster presentations from young researchers, conference chairman Dr Dinesh Surroop, University of Mauritius, and his professional team succeeded in fostering an extensive exchange between science, technology and also decision-makers. As such the conference offered manifold possibilities to network and become inspired by energy-related approaches and know-how found in SIDS and other regions of the world.

Prof Hongwei Wu during his keynote speechProf Hongwei Wu during his keynote speechAfter welcoming addresses by Chairman Dr Dinesh Surroop and Franziska Wolf, the representative of the L3EAP lead partner Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Sunjiv Soyjaudeh, and Professor Thanika D. Juwaheer, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Planning and Resources, both from the hosting organization, addressed the delegates and reiterated the great relevance and need for research and applications of renewable energy, energy efficiency and access to energy, especially for small island nations. Finally, the conference was officially declared open by H.E. Susan Jane Coles, High Commissioner of Australia, who underscored in her speech the many opportunities that renewable energy and a more efficient use of energy offer to a global sustainable development.