Please join REN21 Thursday 24 May at 9:30 for a high-level roundtable where government, inter-government and business will discuss what it takes to drive the energy transition in the heating, cooling and transport sectors. The debate will focus on answering two questions: What can be done to drive sector coupling? What can be done to support sustained uptake regionally? The discussion will draw on REN21’s soon-to-be-released Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. Attendees will be able to get a sneak peak of the upcoming report. Event Location: The Danish Centre of Architecture, Copenhagen Room 2 9:30-10:30 You must have registration for CEM9/MI3 in order to be able to participate
The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit is for policy makers to navigate the mini-grid policy design process. It contains information on mini-grid operator models, the economics of mini-grids, and necessary policy and regulation that must be considered for successful implementation. The publication specifically focuses on Africa. Progress on extending the electricity grid in many countries has remained slow because of high costs of gird-extension and limited utility/state budgets for electrification. Mini-grids provide an affordable and cost-effective option to extend needed electricity services. Putting in place the right policy for min-grid deployment requires considerable effort but can yield significant improvement in electricity access rates as examples from Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania illustrate. The toolkit is available in English, French and Portuguese.
Steve Sawyer joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in April 2007, representing the major national and regional associations as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry. Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Steve is also a founding member of both REN21 and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, and is as well an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989.
Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. He is member of the managing committee of the RENAlliance, the executive committee of the Global100%RenewableEnergyPlatform, the steering committee of REN21, chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action community energy subgroup, and is adviser to governments and international organisations.
Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is the member of several international advisory committees. A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment.
Irene Giner-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Her main area of expertise is economic and social development, women’s rights’ issues, environment, energy, and development cooperation. She has held numerous international bureau functions. From 1995 to 1998 she was the director of the international department of the Austrian Ministry for the Environment. From 1998 to 2001 she was Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO in Vienna. From 2001 to 2004 she headed the UNIDO Office in New York in the rank of an Assistant Director General. From 2005 to 2012 she was in charge of Austria’s development policy and cooperation as Director General in the Ministry for European and International Affairs. Between 2012 and 2017 she was the Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia, since July 2017 she is the Austrian Ambassador to Brazil and Suriname. Irene Giner-Reichl founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in 1999 as a multi-stake-holder platform for dialogues on energy in the service of sustainable development and acted as Convenor for the GFSE’s global and regional meetings (www.gfse.at). Since 2013 she is Vice-President of REN 21 (www.ren21.net) and since May 2017 Founding Member of GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition.
Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry association, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21’s Secretariat is based at the UN Environment Programme in Paris/France. Christine Lins came to REN21 from the European Renewable Energy Council, the united voice of Europe’s renewable energy industry, where she served as Secretary-General for 10 years from 2001 – 2011. Previously, Ms. Lins worked in a regional energy agency in her home country, Austria. She has a Masters degree in international economics and holds more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
REN21 is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector. Community Management/Research Internship Social Media/Data Intern Vacancy The internships are for six months and are paid. How to apply: If interested, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to email@example.com. Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” or “REN21 Community Management/Research Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Application deadline: Sunday, the 19th of November. Best of luck!