Side Event - Sustainable Energy Solutions for All: Made in Austria, Vienna Energy Forum, 29 May 2013, Hofburg, Vienna

The sectoral and enabling Action Areas of the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative's (SE4ALL) Global Action Agenda provide a framework for multi-stakeholder actions across all relevant economic sectors on a national and international level. The SE4All process poses challenges but also opens exciting opportunities for many actors in the energy field.

The side event presented the Austrian expertise and engagement in energy for sustainable development. Examples of technologies, know-how and support instruments in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency were given, illustrating the contribution that Austria can make to the the achievement of SE4ALL objectives. The event also highlighted the substantial opportunities available in developing countries for actors that decide to engage in the SE4ALL process. In this context, West Africa and the activities of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) were presented as a prominent example. In addition, future opportunities for cooperation between Austrian actors in the energy and development cooperation fields and actors in developing countries were explored. GFSE can play a catalytic role in making concrete SE4ALL oportunities materialise.

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Presentations

Austria’s Engagement in Energy for Development
Mr. Robert Zeiner, Director of International Programmes and Projects, Austrian Development Agency

Austrian Know-How in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Mr. Peter Traupmann, Managing Director, Austrian Energy Agency

Opportunities for SE4All in West Africa
Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

Small hydropower as an instrument for energy access
Mr. Michael Sponring, Director of Energy, Utilities and Mining, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Austria, and Energy Consultant to the Austrian Development Agency

Combining energy efficiency and solar thermal energy in buildings: Austrian Know-How-Transfer to developing countries
Mr. Werner Weiss, Director, AEE INTEC

Financial mechanisms & cooperation instruments of the Austrian Development Bank (OeEB)
Ms. Andrea Hagmann, Member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Development Bank

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