WISIONS of Sustainability
Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Meet The WISIONS Team At The 10th LCS-RNet Meeting & ISAP 2018 In Yokohama, Japan
News from WISIONS posted on July 7th, 2018
To fight climate change, nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement in December 2015. However, the current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to lower greenhouse gas emissions will not be sufficient to realise the well below 2 degrees target. What is required are more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction scenarios, roadmaps and actions to achieve zero-carbon.
On 17 July, the 10th annual meeting of the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) will be held in Yokohama, Japan. In this meeting, proposed actions towards an ambitious decarbonised world in various regions and sectors will be shared and their effective implementation discussed.
Dr. Julia Terrapon-Pfaff of the WISIONS team will give a presentation within a session on the 1.5/2 degree targets and long-term low-carbon global development strategies, which will focus on the implementation of NDCs in emerging, developing and least developed countries. The meeting is free of charge. If you wish to participate, please follow this link.
The LCS-RNet meeting takes place in conjunction with the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific, which Dr. Julia Terrapon-Pfaff will also attend.
Next Webinar: “Great Expectations – Productive Uses of Energy Off the Grid”
News from WISIONS posted on June 28th, 2018
Great expectations abound for the so-called “productive uses of energy”. These uses of energy go well beyond solar lamps and cell phone charging. They aim to fundamentally improve livelihoods for people living beyond the grid by powering computers, agricultural machinery, and more.
increasingly support energy projects and programmes that use energy
productively. The assumption is that using energy for productive uses
will enhance social and economic development and help reach the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
productive uses of energy could certainly help to reach these goals, as
many examples attest. However, systematic evidence of these outcomes
and impacts is still limited and questions remain:
complementary services are necessary to establish productive uses? Do
productive uses of energy contribute to social and economic development?
Why do many energy projects fall short to establish productive
activities? Is there a tipping point for the amount of energy that will
have the greatest impact? Which “productive” activities should be
supported, and who will benefit?
Join us in this webinar to discuss these important questions. You will also receive an overview of the current state of evidence on productive uses of energy and learn about pitfalls and successes along the way to improving livelihoods across the Global South.
Our experts this month include:
- David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
- Pooja Sharma, Practical Action
- Dr. Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Wuppertal Institute
In the meantime watch our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series
A Biogas E-Learning Platform For Latin America And The Caribbean
News from WISIONS posted on June 27th, 2018
Activities build upon the existing training materials offered by WISIONS' project partner CIBiogás, as well as including wider knowledge and experiences from RedBioLAC. The courses will be offered in a dynamic and interactive web learning environment by means of a Portuguese and Spanish language internet website offering a bilingual tutor and formal evaluation procedures to ensure knowledge transmission and teaching quality and to prevent students withdrawing from the courses. Courses have the purpose of introducing the issue of biogas in the Latin American and Caribbean context,
with a special focus on small scale biodigesters.
Recently, CIBiogás successfully concluded the following activities:
- Definition of course topics and detailed contents to be offered under the framework of this SEPS project
- Creation of educational documents for each course (the "Small Scale Biodigester" course is already being elaborated by one of the consultants
- Selection of consultants who will produce the course contents
The next steps include the digitalisation of course contents, the technical validation as well as the translation from Portuguese to Spanish language.
More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available on our SEPS project page: "Biogas for Energy" – E-Learning Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean