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.
9th RedBioLAC Conference – Call for Papers
News from WISIONS posted on June 19th, 2017
2017 already marks the 9th edition of RedBioLAC's annual conference. This year's event will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
RedBioLAC's Call for Papers is open until 31st July 2017, 23:59 PM (local time in Argentina). More information about the conference and submission of papers is available on the event's website (in Spanish only).
Meet the WISIONS Team in Brussels
News from WISIONS posted on June 14th, 2017
The New European Consensus on Development was proposed in November 2016 and the European Parliament adopted its position in February 2017. On 7 June 2017 at European Development Days, the New Consensus was adopted by the EU Institutions and Member States. This New Consensus will play a central role in how the Sustainable Development Goals are approached via EU and Member State policies.
To this end, Smart Villages and EASAC aim to gather policymakers, civil society, private sector representatives, researchers, scientists and others for a series of presentations and open discussions regarding the direction of the new consensus and SDGs, particularly focusing on people living in rural areas of developing countries that are at the bottom of the pyramid and part of the "last mile".
The event takes place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM (CEST) in Brussels, Belgium. More information is available here.
Rural Energy Development in Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on June 12th, 2017
Around 80% of the populated areas in Argentina are rural communities with less than 2000 inhabitants, while 60% of the country’s population lives in the 17 biggest cities. Especially in the Humid Pampas region, many small towns lack power supply and waste management facilities, which makes access to energy difficult, expensive and unsustainable. In these areas the national grid is often unreliable.
Los Pinos, the site of this project led by INTA, is located around 400 km from Buenos Aires. It currently numbers 190 households with a population of around 350 people. The energy demand of Los Pinos was determined during the first working phase of the project.
Further successfully implemented activities include:
- The permission and approval of project activities by local authorities;
- The signing of an agreement by producers to ensure feedstock supply to a biogas demonstration unit;
- The formation of a “Public Services Cooperative” to ensure management and operation of the plant; and
- The completion of socioeconomic and environmental baseline surveys to measure the impact of the installation once it is in operation
In the coming months, the project team will work on the installation of the biogas plant, the training of the operators, and the optimisation of ongoing processes.
Find more general information about this project on our SEPS project site: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina