Side Event: Showcasing Innovative Austrian Clean Energy Technologies, 10 May 2017, 14:00 – 15:30

The private sector offers unique solutions to overcome the pressing challenges of climate change. Innovative and holistic solutions, for example solutions that are tailored to the local context and the needs of the local populations, are needed. Technological, political and social innovations are needed to transform the energy system. In many countries, suitable clean energy solutions exist, but they have not obtained market-wide penetration due to a lack of regulatory frameworks and funding to scale them up. In order to enable a full transition to clean energy in developing countries, multiple actors have to be involved to provide effective and sustainable solutions.

The side event, organized in cooperation with the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA (Austrian  Federal Economic Chamber), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), brought together different stakeholders including representatives from the private sector and international organizations, to discuss clean energy solutions for the developing world. The event showcased examples of innovative technologies from Austria that could be deployed in developing and emerging countries, while also emphasizing the importance of effective partnerships to strengthen local energy systems.

Federico Villatico Campbell, Climate Technology Manager at UNIDO, highlighted that as a result of its well-established network of consultants, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is able to single out what has worked, bring together the necessary stakeholders and include inputs/lessons learned from previous initiatives in order to maximize project success. CTCN can help pair up promising projects in developing countries with expertise and financing options from the developed world.

As the development level of emerging countries continues to improve, these countries have a growing demand for heating and cooling. The company SOLID - solarinstallation+Design offers turn-key solutions, ranging from construction and consulting, to tackle such energy challenges. As Robert Soell, Head of Project Development at SOLID, mentioned, the realization of projects is often hindered by barriers such as lack of available data, lack of awareness about solar thermal energy, as well as high investment costs. The right, innovative and appropriate technology can help support the diffusion of renewable energy sources in developing and emerging countries.

As Manfred Stockmayer, Carbon Asset Manager at Likano Climate Protection Projects, demonstrated, it is absolutely necessary to involve local stakeholders in the development process to generate local value and acceptance. Robert Buchinger, CEO of Sunlumo Technology, emphasized the need for developing solar technologies for making solar energy affordable for everyone and for creating affordable mini-grid systems for rural areas.

Agenda

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Opening and Welcome Address

  • Ms. Cornelia Schenk, Advisor Sustainable Energy, Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
  • Mr. Franz Bachleitner, International Projects Network, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber 

Moderator

  • Ms. Cornelia Schenk, Advisor Sustainable Energy, Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

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Panellists

  • Mr. Federico Villatico-Campbell, Climate Technology Manager, Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
  • Mr. Andreas Feichtinger, Area Sales Manager EMEA, Gildemeister Energy Solutions
  • Mr. Manfred Stockmayer, Carbon Asset Manager, Likano Climate Protection Projects
  • Mr. Robert Soell, Head of Project Development, SOLID - solarinstallation+Design
  • Mr. Robert Buchinger, CEO, Sunlumo Technology

To learn more about the side event, check this summary report, which includes background information and a list of the key outcomes.

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