WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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New WISIONS Fact Sheet Presented at SE4ALL Forum in New York City

News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2017

The WISIONS team will participate in the 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum from 3 – 5 April 2017 in New York City. At the forum, the team will share success stories and experiences by presenting our latest publications - a fact sheet and a brochure on energy practitioner networksRead moreMinimize

Since its inception in 2004, WISIONS has aimed to empower local practitioners to identify and scale successful models and sustainable energy practices in their regional contexts. Twelve years on, we have taken stock of the achievements by quantifying our contributions to sustainable energy development. The facts and figures are summarised in our new fact sheet, which highlights benefits, numbers of activities, types of sustainable energy technologies supported and developments needs addressed. For example, the 110 projects and knowledge exchanges supported by the WISIONS initiative have provided access to sustainable energy for 95,131 households and 4,021 business and institutional units. For additional facts and figures and to learn more, download the fact sheet.

The Forum of SE4All takes place in the context of UN efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will bring together more than 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organisations. The theme of this year’s forum is “Going Further, Faster – Together” and the event will act as a marketplace to help broker new partnerships and ideas, spur investment and drive action towards sustainable energy and achieving SDG7.

The event will take place at Duggal Greenhouse, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City. Further information is available on theSE4All Forum Website, including a day-by-day conference programme.


RedBioLAC Establishes Five Thematic Working Groups

News from WISIONS posted on March 21st, 2017

This year the RedBioLAC network has initiated the creation of five topic-specific working groups. The working groups were formed through a bottom-up process, in which network members were called to connect with others to discuss and put forward their topics of interest.Read moreMinimize

The call for proposals was open until 31st January, after which an internal evaluation commission selected five topics for this new component in the RedBioLAC structure. The topics to be addressed by the initial working groups are:

1. Quality evaluation of effluents
2. Reducing the water demand of the technology
3. Solar-based thermal heating for biodigesters
4. Creation of a RedBioLAC magazine
5. Development of distance learning courses

The formation of topic-specific working groups is one of the main strategies formulated by RedBioLAC to increase the involvement of network members in the development of cooperative projects. It is also a way of harnessing the great diversity of knowledge and capacities within the network to address knowledge gaps or challenging issues in order to advance RedBioLAC’s central aim: “achieving universal use of biodigester technology as a tool for contributing to a better quality of life and empowerment of population in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

More information is available here. (Spanish only)

Meet the WISIONS Team at the First International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science

News from WISIONS posted on March 15th, 2017

The WISIONS team will participate in the First International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, which takes place from 2 – 5 April 2017 in Sitges, Spain. Read moreMinimize

The event aims to examine the relationship between energy systems and society. It will cover a range of topics revolving around the intersection of energy technologies, fuels and resources with social processes and influences – including communities of energy users, people affected by energy production, social institutions, customs, traditions, behaviours and policies.

Our team will present a study entitled “Localising the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: How are Local Level Sustainable Energy Projects Linked to Water and Food Issues in the Global South?

We conducted a systematic analysis of the linkages between selected SEPS projects and the food and water aspects of development. The analysis is based on the empirical data from process and impact evaluations as well as secondary data (e.g. project documentation and field visits) and relevant literature. 

More information on the conference is available here.


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