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 August 23rd, 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 RGS-IGB 2016 in London

News from WISIONS posted on August 22nd, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG from 30th August until 2nd September 2016 in London, United Kingdom. We will be chairing a session entitled "What does access to sustainable energy really mean for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid: Findings from an impact evaluation" on 1st September. Read moreMinimize

Our authors conducted a systematic evaluation of the outcomes, impacts and mid-term sustainability of 30 small-scale energy projects in developing countries supported under the WISIONS initiative to address the question why many energy development interventions fail to achieve positive livelihood impacts. The reasons for the lack of impact and sustainability are seldom exceptionally technical issues but can often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects. In order to enhance not only the technical but also the social and economic development it is therefore necessary to better understand what "access to sustainable energy" really means for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid in terms of livelihood impacts. 

This year’s overall conference theme at the RGS-IGB is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction.

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


Micro/Mini Hydropower Library

News from WISIONS posted on August 18th, 2016

The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) together with Energypedia announced the launch of its Micro/Mini Hydropower Library. It was created after members of the HPNET identified the need for a participatory knowledge portal for sharing information on relevant themes.Read moreMinimize

The library features the following:

  • Publications on mini and micro hydropower on topics ranging from technology and policy to people and environment for South and Southeast Asian countries
  • An updated list of consultants, developers, funding agencies, policy experts, programs, and suppliers working in the mini/micro hydropower sector
  • A searchable library with a world map displaying the results
  • An interactive library where the users can also upload publications
To browse the library, click here.

To upload a new publication, click here

The creation of this library has been supported by WISIONS, Practical Action South Asia and EnDev Indonesia.


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