The conference was formally opened by Mr Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21. Keynote speakers included the German Ambassador, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
Day 2 saw over 14 side events, an exciting continuation to the exhibition and several parallel sessions discussing the challenges and opportunities for renewables.The core conference themes were further developed in two high-level panel discussions held in plenary. The sessions focussed on Sustianble Energy for All and Transitioning to Renewables respectively.
REN21 launched the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, produced by the Renewable Energy PolicyNetwork for the 21st Century (REN21) and commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The Lookout on the Waterfront was the venue of the Gala Dinner. Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson spoke, reiterating South Africa’s commitment to growing RE, and citing the DoE’s newly launched publication, State of Renewable Energy in South Africa.
A high-level summary of proceedings is available here.
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