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:

  • Introduction: Peter Traupmann, Managing Director Austrian Energy Agency (AEA)
  • Overview of renewable Energy Policy & Market Development worldwide: Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21
  • Linked Open Data to facilitate rapid up-scaling of sustainable energy deployment: Martin Hiller, Director General of REEEP
  • Overview of renewable energy development in Central & Eastern Europe: Ulrike Radosch, ProjectProject is an intervention designed to achieve specific objectives within specified resources and implementation schedules, often within the framework of a broader program. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS) lead enerCELL, AEA

 

The ” Overview of renewable EnergyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. 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 roadA road is a thoroughfare, route, or way on land between two places, which has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travel by some conveyance, including a horse, cart, or motor vehicle. Roads consist of one, or sometimes two, roadways (British English: carriageways) each with one or more .... 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 renewablesRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. and energy efficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less., 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 floodThe overflowing of the normal confines of a stream or other body of water, or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged. Floods include river (fluvial) floods, flash floods, urban floods, pluvial floods, sewer floods, coastal floods, and glacial lake outburst floods ... of comments. Finally it was agreed that access to data, apart from increasing accountabilityAccountability is the responsibility for the use of resources and the decisions made, as well as the obligation to demonstrate that work has been done in compliance with agreed-upon rules and standards and to report fairly and accurately on performance results vis-a-vis mandated roles and/or ... 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.

 

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