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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Recording Of Our Webinar: “Great Expectations – Productive Uses Of Energy Off The Grid”

News from WISIONS posted on July 9th, 2018

The recording and all presentations of our fourth webinar “Great Expectations: Productive Uses Of Energy Off The Grid” are now available to watch online.Read moreMinimize

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.

Funders 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).

The 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:

Which 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?

We have given an overview of the current state of evidence on productive uses of energy and learned about pitfalls and successes along the way to improving livelihoods across the Global South.

Watch the recording here.

Download the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Great Expectations All Slides

Watch all previous webinars here: WISIONS Webinar Series



Meet The WISIONS Team At The 10th LCS-RNet Meeting & ISAP 2018 In Yokohama, Japan

News from WISIONS posted on July 7th, 2018

The WISIONS team will participate in the 10th Annual Meeting of the LCS-RNet on 17 July 2018 as well as ISAP – the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific from 18-19 July 2018 in Yokohama, Japan.Read moreMinimize

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

On 9th July at 2:00 PM CEST WISIONS will host the fourth in a series of webinars 2018. It is entitled "Great Expectations – Productive Uses of Energy Off the Grid". Register now!Read moreMinimize

Register now for our upcoming webinar on 9th July!

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.

Funders 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).

The 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:

Which 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:

Register now!

In the meantime watch our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series


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