November 2011 Issue
ESMAP to Partner with Energy+ Initiative
Energy+, an international partnership to promote universal access to energy and low carbon development, was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Energy for All conference in Oslo on October 10. ESMAP will be a partner in the Energy+ initiative, with a focus on results-based approaches to addressing energy access issues, including improving indicators, as well as on development of country-level frameworks for expanding access. World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati spoke at the Oslo conference in support of the Energy+ initiative and the UN Secretary-General s Sustainable Energy for All campaign. More information.
Lighting Africa Announces Global Awards for Innovative Products
Lighting Africa is accepting nominations for the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards 2012, which will recognize outstanding off-grid lighting products. Nominated products will be judged on quality, performance, design and affordability. The winners will be announced in October 2012 in Dakar, Senegal at the Lighting Africa Business Conference and Trade Fair. Supported by ESMAP and other partners, Lighting Africa aims to supply modern off-grid lighting to 2.5 million people by 2012 and to 250 million by 2030, contributing greatly to Africa s social and economic development. For more information on the awards and how to apply, go here.
Integrating Gender into Energy Projects - New Approaches
A workshop held by the Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI) in Dakar, Senegal on November 14-16, 2011 that focused on innovation and new technologies for energy practitioners also provided an opportunity to review recent best practices in integrating gender into energy operations. Over 30 participants representing agencies from across Africa attended the session, which highlighted new approaches to gender and energy taking place in Mali and Tanzania, including working with rural energy agencies to identify local champions, consulting with both women and men and doing assessments to understand the needs and opportunities at the ground level in villages and communities. The session was part of the Gender and Energy work being done by the Africa Renewable Energy Access Program (AFREA), funded by ESMAP. More information.
Key Findings of Low Carbon Growth Study for Poland Published
ESMAP has just released Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Poland a briefing note highlighting key findings of a study done by the World Bank for the Polish Government with support from the UK Department for International Development. The briefing note argues that Poland s transition to a low carbon economy, while not free or simple, is affordable. However, capturing the full package of technologically feasible and economically sensible abatement measures requires coordinated and early action by the government. More information.
-- Briefing Note: Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Poland
-- Urban Accessibility Planning Support Systems: Case Study in Wuhan, China
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