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Low Carbon Energy for Development: Past Experiences & Future Challenges

Loughborough University, 4th & 5th April 2012

The inaugural meeting of the LCEDN was international in both its scope and significance.The two-day symposium addressed the interplay between low carbon energy issues (specifically solar and bio), climate change and international development in the light of past experiences and looking toward future challenges.

Participants were drawn from across a wide array of academic communities, government departments, private sector organisations and NGOs, as well as a range of countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit some of the event’s discussions, please use the links in the programme below. To view footage of an individual session please click on the title of the session that you would like to watch. Alternatively, to view the PowerPoint slides for a particular speaker, please click on the relevant name.

Day 1

Ed Brown
(Associate Director, Sustainability Research School, Loughborough University and National Co-Coordinator, UK, Low Carbon Energy for Development Network) – Welcome Address.

Speaker Session 1: The Wider Policy Context: Energy Access, the MDGs and the Low Carbon Agenda
(Chair: Ed Brown, Loughborough University)
Nafees Meah
(Head of Science, Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Government) – Low Carbon Energy for Development: Past Experiences and Future Challenges.

David Woolnough
(Chief Energy Advisor, Department for International Development, UK Government) – Low carbon energy and developing countries: research priorities to help scale energy access, stimulate innovation and drive wealth creation for poor people.

Katie Welford
(Practical Action) – The UNʼs International Year of Sustainable Energy for All – Katie will talk about the role of Practical Action as the European Co-ordinators of Sustainable Energy For All and will present a short video on the UNʼs campaign this year.

Discussion Session One: Table Sessions: Key Conference Themes and Discussion Points

Speaker Session Two: Historical experiences of Solar Energy projects in the Global South
(Chair: Rob Byrne, SPRU)
Jamie Cross
(School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh) – History, Science and Society in the Solar Assemblage.

Louise Tait
(Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town) – A case study of rural off-grid solar PV in South Africa.

Md Ashraful Islam
(Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) – Historical experiences and Current Challenges of Solar Energy Usage in Bangladesh.

Claudio Wheelock
(Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua) –The Social Responsibility of Universities in Combatting the Technical and Non-Technical Barriers facing the Development of Solar Energy Projects in Nicaragua: Experiences and Challenges.

Speaker Session Three: Historical experiences of Bio-Energy projects in the Global South
(Chair: Jem Woods, Imperial College)
Ewan Bloomfield
(Energy Consultant, Practical Action) – Key Successes and Lessons Learned from PISCES Bioenergy Policy Research Project.

Gideon Baklit
(University of Jos, Nigeria) – Prospects and Barriers for the adoption of Biomass-Based Electricity generation in Nigeria.

A K M Sadrul Islam
(Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh) – Bio-Energy Utilization in Developing Countries: Past Experiences and Future Challenges.

Francis Yamba
(Centre For Energy Environment and Engineering, Zambia ) – Bioenergy prospects, potential and application to a low carbon development in Zambia and SADC.

Keynote Speaker
Masami Kojima
(Lead Energy Specialist, Sustainable Energy Department, World Bank) – Video-link from Washington.

Day 2

Welcome Address: Richard Davies, Director, Durham Energy Institute

Speaker Session Four: Looking Forward by Looking Back – Setting Future Priorities From Past Experience
(Chair: Marcus Power, Durham University and National Co-Coordinator, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network)

Md Wahidur Rahman
(Chief Engineer, LGED, Bangladesh) – Low Carbon Energy for Development: an initiative by LGED, Bangladesh.

Dinesh Bhuju
(Nepal Academy of Science and Technology – Nepal’s Climate Change Scenario and Efforts to Promote Low Carbon Energy.

Eli J. Bala
(Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Commission of Nigeria) – Combating Climate Change in Nigeria with Renewable Energy Sources.

Rob Byrne and David Ockwell
(Sussex Energy Group, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex) – Pro-poor pathways to low carbon energy access in LDCs: Informing emerging policy via insights from innovation studies and socio-technical transitions theory.

Ivan Azurdia Bravo
(Rijatzul Q’ij (Semilla de Sol), Guatemala) –Adaptative Resilience & Technological Syncretism.

Discussion Session Two: Meeting the UN 2030 Targets: The Role of Low Carbon Technologies

Speaker Session Five: The Role of New Technologies in Meeting the Low-Carbon Challenge
(Chair: Richard Blanchard, Loughborough University)
Michael Walls
(School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University) – Photovoltaic Research & Development in the UK.

Gavin Walker
(Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham) –BioCPV – bringing a renewable energy system to a village in India.

Graham Ault
(Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde) – Integrating Renewable Energy into Power Networks: smart grid, micro-grid or off-grid?

Speaker Session Six: Demand Management, Energy Efficiency and the Low Carbon Transition
(Chair: Rosie Day, University of Birmingham)

Ijaz Hossain
(Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) – Energy efficiency potential in Bangladesh.

Monjur Mourshed
(School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University) – Managing energy demand from buildings: Profile, energy efficiency and the effect of climate.

Binoy K Choudhary
(Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata) – Low carbon energy use in SMEs and larger industrial contexts – some cases from India.

Discussant – Nafees Meah (DECC)



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