24 Mar 2013
Last Friday, March 22nd, REEEP co-organized the Renewable Energy Policy and Market Development Worldwide event here at Vienna’s International Center. Of course, REEEP staff attended and our Director General spoke.
The conference consisted of several interesting presentations and a discussion round. Speakers and their presentations were:
The ” Overview of renewable Energy Policy & Market Development worldwide” by REN21 consisted of a selection of relevant statistics, many from their flagship product the Global Status Report, as well as an outlook to the future with a presentation of their Renewables Global Futures Report.
REEEP’s presentation once again stressed the importance of energy-relevant data being available, and illustrated this fact by showcasing a REEEP funded project: Implementing low carbon public transport in Jakarta is a project that relies on demographic, housing and employment data to optimize a so-called ‘trunk/feeder’ system where a main busline connects services to remoter areas rather than many services running in parallel and congesting the road. The project implementers found that getting the relevant data was a major challenge in the project. REEEP wants to encourage more innovative solutions through the availability of open data.
The AEA’s presentation ” Overview of renewable energy development in Central & Eastern Europe” focussed on their recently overhauled website enercee.net where data from mainly Eastern European countries is presented in country dossiers. These dossiers include news and policies for renewables and energy efficiency, but also energy data with explanations and graphs.
The discussion that followed the presentations was also lively and challenging, with the atmosphere being very open and inviting to voice one’s opinion. For example was the idea that open data increases clean energy capacity challenged, and set off a interesting flood of comments. Finally it was agreed that access to data, apart from increasing accountability and transparency, does support increased uptake of new technologies by lowering the risks for investors. Project planning tools such as RETScreen also rely on data to accurately predict a clean energy project’s viability. Especially developing countries still lag behind in making the data available to accelerate uptake of new sustainable technologies.
All in all, and interesting day for all who attended.