WISIONS at COP25 in Madrid

The WISIONS team will be attending COP25 in Madrid, where we will co-convene two side events. You can meet us on December 5th and 6th at the two events, which promise to offer stimulating debate and the opportunity to share ideas and experiences.



Side Event 1:
IDFC Pavilion, Blue Zone, Feria de Madrid
December 5th, 15:00-18:30


Expert dialogue on bioenergy and climate ambition in the framework of COP25.

Bioenergy has significant potential to contribute to climate change mitigation and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, due to barriers related to policy coherence, inter-institutional coordination, business models, financing and knowledge – among other factors –bioenergy development is lagging behind other renewable sources in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The need to raise ambition in future NDCs under the Paris Agreement creates the opportunity to explore new bioenergy policy goals, strategies and measures as an integral part of the LAC countries’ sustainable development policies and climate mitigation commitments. In the context of COP 25, CAF Latin America Development Bank is collaborating with LEDS LAC, LEDS GP EWG and other partners to bring together experts from government, private sector and international organisations in climate, energy, agriculture, forestry, solid waste and other relevant policy areas to participate in a dynamic and results-oriented dialogue event. The event aims to identify concrete lines of action and foster new partnerships to advance the contribution bioenergy can make to climate ambition and sustainable development.

Register here for this side event: Click here!

Side event 2:
SDG Pavilion, Madrid
December 6th, 13:30-14:45


Transformative potential of small-scale energy access investments: linking community action to SDGs and NDC implementation

With the current state of affairs, it is unlikely that SDG 7 as a policy objective will be achievable until at least 2030. However, the coming 3 years will be crucial for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Off-grid solutions have the potential to create the necessary impact for achieving the goals but, at present, only 30 countries are actively considering these options (RLI 2019).

In this context, this COP25 side event aims to highlight local community action and small-scale energy solutions, which are often overlooked or ignored in national ambitions. Appropriate and proven local solutions are laying the groundwork of new infrastructure at community level and addressing the energy service needs of rural, urban and remote communities and entrepreneurs who do not have access to the central grid (in the case of electricity) or centralized distribution systems (in the case of cooking and heating fuels). There is a wealth of good practice and experience among local energy practitioners that could make a greater contribution to improving access to energy and enriching the NDCs.

The event will feature experts and energy practitioners who will explore practical ways of anchoring national and global policies and commitments in the local context, as well as opportunities to amplify local knowledge and innovation through larger policy frameworks. The event will be organized in the form of an interactive panel with panel members:
⁃ Carmen Dienst, WISIONS Project Coordinator, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
⁃ Willington Ortiz, Regional Coordinator, RedBioLAC (Latin America)
⁃ Local practitioner ACCESS (Africa) or HPNET (Asia) (TBC)
⁃ Co-benefits expert, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany (TBC)
UN Agencies:
⁃ UNDP (Bahareh Seyedi, Program Adviser, Energy)
⁃ UNDESA Energy team (TBC)
Moderator: Angelica Shamerina, Climate Change Program Adviser, SGP



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WISIONS hosted a side-event at the COP23 in Bonn:

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What Role Can Local Energy Practitioners and Existing Knowledge Networks Play? 

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level.



The people who are active in the implementation of energy and development solutions in the global south – the energy practitioners – could become important advocates. They are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. They draw on their several years of expertise and offer a direct link to communities. 

For the fair, just and sustainable implementation of climate-friendly technologies, mutual trust and strong links with the target communities is a prerequisite. At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks – such as the UN Energy practitioner network and regional networks – have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 


Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action. 

In this panel discussion we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia. Key questions tackled will be: 

  • Where is the synergy between local initiatives implemented by energy practitioners and the diverse climate actions implemented on other levels? 
  • How can energy practitioners and their networks effectively contribute to advancing both the climate and sustainable development agendas? 
  • How can climate and sustainable development action instruments and platforms support and strengthen the role played by energy practitioners?