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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Participation by the WISIONS team at the IOREC and Asia Clean Energy Forum

News from WISIONS posted on July 14th, 2014

From 16 – 20 June, the WISIONS team attended the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC, 16 – 17 June) and the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF 2014) in the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, The Philippines. Read moreMinimize

The IOREC conference was an event that preceded the forum and was organised by IRENA, in cooperation with ADB and ARE. Over 400 Asian and global key stakeholders participated and attended the seven sessions that addressed different perspectives on how to improve access to modern energy in off-grid regions. Examples of promising business models were a particular topic for discussion. 

During the three day ACEF 2014 event, a total of 1,500 participants from 90 countries came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the clean energy sector. Five thematic sessions were held (themes included Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Policy and Regulation) and these served to shed light on the current debate surrounding these issues. 

In addition the newly introduced deep dive workshops allowed for participants to be more actively involved. All the presentations from throughout the week are available on the ACEF website (under "Agenda").


Project Visit to Ulu Papar, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 14th, 2014

In June 2014, the WISIONS team visited our project partners Tonibung & Green Empowerment at the Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE) on the island of Borneo in Malaysia. Read moreMinimize

During our stay we had the opportunity to meet with residents of Ulu Papar (in the village of Buayan) and discuss their experiences of the electricity system that runs on micro hydro power. It was particularly interesting to learn about the daily routines and the local management of the tariff system, which is a pre-paid meter system. 

In addition, we talked to the project managers of the SEPS project that is currently being implemented: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (SEPS 9). The project involves the development of integrated micro hydro and water distribution systems in three villages and also includes the planning and implementation of watershed protection measures. 

Since the start of the project, feasibility studies, surveys and designs for all three sites have been completed and consultation and awareness-raising has been undertaken with the communities. In addition, the residents have already cleared the designated areas for the intake, forebay and pipelines. Over the next few months the turbine will be manufactured and installed. 

You can find more information on TONIBUNG's Facebook page, the TONIBUNG Renewables Blog and at Green Empowerment.


First National Meeting of RedBioCOL in Medellín, Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on July 7th, 2014

The First National Meeting of the RedBioCOL network will take place at the Universidad Potificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia. From 30 July to 1 August 2014, Colombian stakeholders will present and discuss "Experiences on Sustainability from Rural Communities, Academia and the Private Sector".Read moreMinimize

Biogas technologies have the potential to become a key factor in providing a better life to the Latin American and Caribbean population, as these technologies offer excellent alternatives for dealing with huge flows of organic residues which often are the main cause of severe environmental problems in the region.

WISIONS has been actively supporting the work of RedBioCOL, a national network emerging from RedBioLAC, which gathers institutions and individuals involved in Colombia’s biomass energy sector, impulsing the development of biogas technologies.

The First National Meeting of the RedBioCOL will take place at the Universidad Potificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia. Details and contact to the organisers can be found here: Invitacion PrimerEncuentro RedBioCol


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