Consultative Expert Group Meeting “Renewable Energy for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (ISID)”

On 20th and 21st November 2014, UNIDO convened the Consultative Expert Group Meeting (EGM) “Renewable Energy for ISID” in order to discuss the two key areas of (i) upgrading of renewable energy technologies and (ii) renewable energy quality infrastructure.

UNIDO’s global vision on “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)” aims to promote sustainable and resilient economic and industrial growth for poverty reduction that goes hand in hand with economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

In the first area, the upgrading of renewable energy technologies, emphasis was put on the possibilities and implications of such upgrading for small hydropower plants. Hence, the specific objective for this track of the EGM was to discuss the possible and most appropriate scenarios for SHP development, refurbishment and greening in developing countries and emerging economies. In particular, the workshop aimed to:

  • Discuss examples and best practice of SHP standards and certification schemes
  • Options for support for environmentally friendly SHP development and refurbishment
  • UNIDO’s role in green SHP development and refurbishment
  • Case study on China (GEF Proposal with ICSHP)

With respect to renewable energy quality infrastructure, the objective of the EGM was to identify the key avenues through which international/regional and national standards and conformity assessment infrastructure can assist the robust and widespread uptake of renewable energy technologies while creating confidence in the market. In particular, the workshop aimed to:

  • Develop a common understanding of the standards and conformity assessment capacities needed across the RE value chain ‐ components, assembly, installation and maintenance; 
  • Discuss the elements considered to be essential to the successful adoption of renewable energy technologies for productive uses by developing country SMEs and the role of standards/conformity assessment 
  • Validation of a proposed methodology to assess the quality infrastructure for small‐scale renewable energy technologies in developing countries and emerging economies. This methodology aims to define common appropriate capacity requirements at the level of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) for different types of developing countries and their current/prospective RE uptake scenario (e.g. pure importer, significant user, specific RE promotion policy, manufacturer).

The EGM commenced with a plenary session presenting UNIDO’s work in the area of renewable energy and small hydropower, outlining the organizations experiences with national quality infrastructure as well as illustrating general concepts about certification schemes for SHP and quality infrastructure for small-scale RE technologies. Thereafter, discussions in two Working Groups addressed the topics of sustainability criteria and support schemes for SHP, and the draft Renewable Energy Quality Infrastructure (REQI) methodology. Main results were then shared in the plenary together with the remaining gaps and challenges identified, as well as an outlook on the way forward. (source: UNIDO)

For the background paper, Aide Memoire and presentations, visit the UNIDO website

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