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Promoting Women in Sustainable Energy Sector

Promoting Women in Sustainable Energy Sector

As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, REN21 and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organised a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.   Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, pointed out that “there is a gender gap in the global renewable energy workforce. The under-representation of women in sustainable energy is part of a bigger problem of the under-representation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   At a reception that followed the event, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) was launched. The network aims to empower women who work in sustainable energy in developed, emerging and developing countries through mentoring, coaching, advocacy and technical cooperation.”   For more information on gender mainstreaming at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, click here.      

REN21 Executive Secretary Featured in GineersNow

REN21 Executive Secretary Featured in GineersNow

REN21 Executive Secretary Christine Lins is featured as one of three leaders in shaping the global renewable energy landscape in the inaugural issue of GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, The highlighted leaders have been identified because of their efforts in campaigning for safer and cleaner energy alternatives. In their pursuit to educate and inform people of the dangers of global warming, GineersNow asked REN21 and experts from EKOenergy and the World Wind Energy Association to discuss the importance of pushing the world to become 100% renewable. Find out how 2016 became a huge year for the renewable energy sector, which countries have made huge efforts to use sustainable energy and the latest technology shaping our future.  Read about all this here.      

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

On 20th April from 12:00 – 13:30, a discussion on: “The prospects of a Zero Net GHG Power Sector in Latin America,” will be held in the Large Conference Room at World Resources Institute, Suite 800, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20009.   A presentation on the topic by Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will be followed by a distinguished panel including Gabriela Elizondo (Senior Energy Specialist at the Latin American Department of the World Bank); Alexander Ochs (Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute and Founder and Managing Director, SD Strategies) and Guy Edwards (Co-Director of the Climate and Development Lab, Brown University). Opening remarks will be provided by Laura Williamson (Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21) and Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy, World Resources Institute.  The presentation and the panel discussion will be webcasted.   Current power generation in Latin America is estimated at about 6.0 EJ (1.7 PWh), which represents close to a 60% increase since 2000 (Enerdata, 2016). Over half of the power today is generated using hydropower and to a much lesser extent other renewables, resulting in a relatively low GHG emission factor per MWh generated. Drivers behind this vigorous demand include an expanding population, a robust increase in GDPs across the region and associated improvements in living standards. These trends are expected to continue over the foreseeable future, requiring major investments in infrastructure even after gains in efficiency are accounted for. If power generation is decarbonized, many economic activities that depend on power...

Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

The Executive Committee of Global 100% RE has recently announced the launch event of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform, taking place at Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, Germany, on 8 May 2017.   Over the course of the last couple of years the Global 100% RE Campaign has succeeded in creating a global movement for 100% Renewable Energy focusing on inclusive bottom-up processes and uniting very big, worldwide networks in the field. After years of functioning successfully as a network, the campaign will become a legal entity in the form of The Global 100% RE Platform. This will be a pivotal moment for accelerating the campaign’s outreach and operability, as well as demonstrating our commitment to making Global 100% RE a reality. In addition to the official ceremony, participating organizations will present actual solutions and strategies for achieving Global 100% RE.   The event will feature video contributions by some of the world’s leading renewable energy advocates: – Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org – Michael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club – Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan – Dipal C. Barua, Founder of Grameen Shakti – David Suzuki, Journalist   Leading international experts in the field will provide the basis for a fruitful discussion. A detailed programme will be available on the Global 100% RE Platform website.

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