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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Meet the WISIONS Team at the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum 2016

News from WISIONS posted on April 5th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum, which will take place from 12th to 13th April 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is part of a series of events which the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting free-of-costs to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and cooperation.Read moreMinimize

ARE is hosting a one-day Energy Access Investment Summit at ING headquarters to bring together key decision makers as well as institutional and business representatives to develop business strategies.

This event aims to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities in developing and emerging markets. It offers a chance for interested participants to understand where the opportunities lie and how you can take advantage of them, while also creating the appropriate networks to get engaged.

The summit is open to the private sector, financiers, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, business networks and CSO that would like

  • to meet ARE members and partners; and 
  • to venture or to expand investment and operations in rural electrification and renewable energy markets.
More information on the event, including a detailed list of speakers is available at ARE's website here.


Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference

News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2016

The coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, will participate in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It will take place from 5th to 7th April 2016 at Elilly International Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Read moreMinimize

HivosSNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia are organising, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The conference has three specific objectives:

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.
It also includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. 

More information on the event is available at the conference's website here.


Meet the WISIONS Team at EURELECTRIC Conference

News from WISIONS posted on February 24th, 2016

"Access to Electricity for All: The role of the European power sector in the advancement of sustainable and climate resilient development“, Brussels, February 25, 2016. On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda entitled “Transforming our world – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Read moreMinimize

This includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an inter-governmentally agreed set of objectives relating to international development, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals once these expire at the end of 2015. To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is one of the agreed SDGs.

Electricity is a precondition for economic development. Yet today, 1.2 billion people in the world still have no access to electricity. Action is thus urgently needed. Improving access to low carbon electricity means bringing energy independence and security to vulnerable countries, while also providing an important tool in the battle against climate change. The European electricity sector is fully committed to fulfilling these fundamental development and environmental needs. As the world energy demand grows day by day, low carbon electricity will provide an important opportunity to satisfy such demand in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.

Representatives from public and private sectors, as well as the EU institutions and NGOs, will be invited to EULECTRIC CONFERENCE to discuss and engage in frank discussions on the EU’s strategy and efforts with regard to providing access to electricity in developing countries, in the context of the outcome of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. This will prove an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on the role of the EU, the European electricity industry’s best practices as well as financing instruments.


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