Events

ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum | Vienna, Austria | June 16-17, 2015
       

ESMAP KEF
 
Livable and Energy Efficient Cities | June 16, 2015 |Day 1

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The ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum on Livable and Energy Efficient Cites event brought together stakeholders from around the world to exchange experiences and lessons learned on the development of livable and energy efficient cities.

Topics of discussion included: creating a vision for a livable, energy efficient city; institutional, financial and regulatory barriers to development of urban energy efficiency; successful delivery models; aligning national and local priorities; and the roles of civil society and the private sector. Through moderated discussions, this event was designed to encourage active participation throughout the day and enable learning from peers.

This event was organized by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and hosted by the Government of Austria, Federal Ministry of Finance with support from the Austrian Development Agency and UNIDO.

       

Sustainable Energy for SIDS| June 17, 2015 | Day 2
 

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The ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum on Sustainable Energy for SIDS event aimed to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and partners to share lessons learned from the clean energy efforts in SIDS and deliberate on the challenges and potential solutions to inform scale-up strategies. The event brought together key country stakeholders, partner agencies, financial institutions and subject experts, and will highlight project activities across different SIDS regions.

Topics of discussion included lessons learned from energy sector reforms in small islands states, how to overcome the regulatory and institutional barriers to scale-up renewable energy, how incentives for renewables can be more effective while minimizing societal cost, and the role of energy efficiency in SIDS.

Each session opened by one to three keynote presentations followed by a moderated discussion amongst all participants. Depending on their fields of expertise, participants were requested to actively contribute to the sessions with their views and experiences at the request of the moderators. A field visit to the Austrian Institute of Technology took place. The event was organized by ESMAP in partnership with SIDS DOCK, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).