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We are pleased to send you our december edition of the GFSE newsletter, containing updates on recent activities of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, important events and news from other stakeholders working towards a sustainable energy future for all.

The GFSE team recently published another Policy Brief, this time on the Small Island Developing States. If you are interested in learning more, please follow this Link.

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The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

SEforALL’s New “Energizing Finance” Report Series

On the opening day of the general debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, the Energizing Finance report series was formally launched by ministers from Africa, Europe and the Middle East and by representatives from the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative. The research package provides an analysis of the development of finance flows and their effectiveness for electrification access and clean cooking access in twenty Asian and Sub-Saharan countries. The reports were produced in collaboration with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, the Climate Policy Initiative, and E3 Analytics and Practical Action Consulting. [more]

ECOWAS Launches Regional Off-Grid Electrification (ROGEP) Project

In the framework of the second ECOWAS sustainable energy forum in Dakar in October 2017, a new regional off-grid electrification project was launched. This project, one of ECOWAS’ Community Development Projects, aims to facilitate investments to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the region through the use of modern off-grid electrification technologies, such as Lighting Africa- and Lighting Global-approved lanterns, stand-alone solar systems and solar water pumps. ROPGEP will lend technical assistance to improve off-grid market ecosystems, create an environment for implementation of electrification programs within the project, and support financial intermediaries to finance service providers to electrify households and commercial enterprises. [more]

Energy 4 Impact – Wire Initiative
The Women Integration into Renewable Energy (WIRE) Value Chains initiative was launched in 2016, to support the role of women energy entrepreneurship in rural Tanzania and Kenya. It offers business and technology trainings, mentoring programs, and provides access to financing, clean cooking and solar lighting products. The initiative is financed by the US State Department and will end in 2018. [more]

IRENA: Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Under the umbrella of the renewable energy roadmap programme (REmap), IRENA analyses the potential of countries, regions and the world to scale-up renewable energy sources. The working paper called “Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” highlights the various benefits of combining the increased use of renewable energy sources with energy efficiency measures. [more]

Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) – Bringing Light to Villages in the Himalayan Mountains

In Ladakh, one of the most northern regions of India, the remote villages across the Himalayan Mountains have not always had access to electricity, which has meant darkness after sunset as well as limited chances to participate in income-generating activities and limited opportunities to study by light during the nights. The social enterprise called Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) has for the first time ever brought light to the un-electrified Himalayan communities living in the world’s highest mountain range. GHE provides clean energy, education and wireless connectivity access through solar power to help improve the living standards of these villages. The initiative implements a holistic development model for the rural region by providing energy access through solar micro-grids for these remotely-located villages. The company aims to implement solutions in a sustainable, scalable and environmentally beneficial manner in order to increase the development of the community and to empower the local village population. GHE plans to take its business model to other mountainous countries, including Peru and Cameroon, in order to reach its long-term goal of reaching 1 million people. [more]

Reduction in GHG Emissions of Latin American Water Companies

Water and sanitation companies in emerging countries are not only one of the largest energy consumers, but they also contribute significantly to overall GHG emissions of the countries. In order to capture the vast potentials, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting companies and authorities in modernising the water sector and improving carbon emissions by installing energy efficient pumps in initial sites of Peru and Mexico. The energy saving water purification methods help dramatically reduce the energy uptake of the power plants in this sector. Thanks to the various measures, the water and sanitation company (SEDACUSCO) in the city of Cusco in Peru has already managed to reduce its carbon emissions. In conjunction with the increased production of biogas, this equates to a reduction of 5,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Two Mexico-based companies in San Francisco del Rincón (SAPAF) and in La Purísima (SITRATA) are also working with GIZ to cut their greenhouse emissions, while doubling the connection rate to the sewage treatment plants. Thanks to more efficient pumps and optimised energy production from biogas, the companies have also managed to cut their energy costs for wastewater treatment. [more]

Winners of 2017 UN Climate Solutions Awards Announced

Nineteen game changing initiatives from around the world, which contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were announced as winners of the UNFCCC's Momentum for Change Solutions Award.[more]

Save the Date – 2019 IREC

REN21 recently announced that the Republic of Korea will be hosting the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) from 23th - 26th October 2019. Save the Date now![more]

GWNET – Global Mentorship Program

The Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), an international non-profit organization, offers a Global Mentorship Program for women in the energy sector. The mentorship program is designed for women in early career and middle management positions. Participants will be mentored by seasoned professionals, eminent experts and industry leaders. The mentoring programme will begin in March 2018 and will last for 12 months. Candidates for mentees can apply by sending an email expressing their interest, goals and attaching an updated CV to: The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. For more information, please check out the GWNET’s homepage by clicking here:[more]
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