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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8th LCS-RNet Annual Meeting in Wuppertal, Germany

News from WISIONS posted on September 5th, 2016

The 8th Annual Meeting of the LCS-RNet will take place from 6 - 7 September 2016 at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. The event aims to discuss decarbonision concepts and their financial instruments while also generating useful impulses for German climate politics and contributing to a beneficial framework for a global energy transition.Read moreMinimize

The 2016 annual meeting is of particular importance in the context of the follow-up to the COP21 in Paris, as well as the G7 meeting in Elmau, G7 EMM in Toyama and in the preparation process for the IPCC’s AR6It will contribute to setting the global transformation agenda towards full decarbonisation and particularly discuss the future role of science.

The meeting will address:

  • How to trigger the non-linear transformation towards full decarbonisation (by2050) as targeted by G7 (Elmau) COP21 (Paris) and G7EMM (Toyama)
  • How a “new deal” for green growth could be designed and achieved
  • How to explore and exploit the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and low carbon societies
  • The new role of science in the context of the SDGs and climate policy after Paris

The LCS-RNet (Low Carbon Society Research Network) was established in 2008 by the G8 Conference of Environmental Ministers and comprises independent scientific institutions, whereby Germany is represented by the Wuppertal Institute. The network aims at generating recommendations for the development towards a low-carbon society as well as supporting the exchange between industrial and emerging countries.

Information on this event is also available at LCS-RNet and on the Wuppertal Institut's homepage.


Meet the WISIONS Team at the 11th SDEWES Conference 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal

News from WISIONS posted on September 4th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the 11th edition of the Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) from 4th until 9th September 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. Read moreMinimize

This year’s conference is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. 

We will present a study entitled „Small scale energy projects in the global South - what makes them suitable and what are their (mid-term) impacts? - Results of a Post-Evaluation“.

More information on the conference is available here, along with a full programme.


Meet the WISIONS Team at the 4s/EASST Conference 2016 in Barcelona

News from WISIONS posted on August 30th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s 4S/EASST conference, held in Barcelona from 31st August until 3rd September 2016. The conference aims to explore the ways in which science and technology are increasingly performed ‘by other means’, in a variety of activities that include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors in science and technology, or in ways that question the established value systems involved in the production of knowledge and technologies.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team will be part of the session "Energy Experiments" with a study entitled "Energy Experiments in Off-Grid Regions - Practitioners Roles and Social Impacts". 

Today it is widely accepted that non-technical aspects (or "other means") are highly relevant for the success of decentralised renewable energy projects. Especially in regions with no or low energy access these projects can be understood as interventions that trigger and accompany transformative processes – in that sense they can be seen as energy experiments. 

The practitioners, such as implementing organisations or individual experts, can be seen as the facilitators of transformation. They possess accumulated know-how not only in terms of technical expertise and on-site troubleshooting, but as well as in the appropriate ways of achieving sound and long-term success.

The results we will present in this session are based on insights from a) a post-evaluation of 30 SEPS projects 2-8 years after implementation; b) the analysis of practitioners networks, like RedBioLAC and the HydroEmpowerment network; c) lessons learned during ten years of monitoring small-scale energy projects supported under the WISIONS initiative.

More information on the conference is available here, along with a full programme.


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