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LCEDN 3rd Conference: Private Sector Roles in Low Carbon Energy Solutions to the Climate Challenge’?:
How to create effective markets for low carbon energy solutions that ensure equitable and widespread access to energy services in the Global South?
Hosted by the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College, our third event took place at the Wellcome Trust over the 24th/25th June, 2013
Our previous events have been very succesful in bringing together academic colleagues from a variety of different disciplinary and regional backgrounds and providing a forum for interaction between these communities and a range of other participants drawn from policy-making, NGO and other sectors. Our of the chief aims of this third event was to continue this process of bridge-building between different communities by providing a forum that brought together the LCEDN’s academic community with the UK (and overseas) private sector who are actively engaged in low carbon energy markets in the global south. It also aimed to provide an opportunity to explore the role of the private sector with policy-makers, NGOs and other interested parties.
The event featured presentations from a range of large and small-scale private sector organizations, academics from a range of different disciplines, NGO and Civil Society groups, as well as representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFiD) and the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). There were also plenty of time for networking and several dedicated break-out sessions.
The main themes that the event addressed were:
- Evidence for what worked/didn’t work in low carbon energy project implementation; research into and evidence for good / best practice standards;
- What is an appropriate scale for investment and how technology dependent is the outcome?
- Market creation and market failure in the delivery of safe and cost effective low carbon energy access
- Exploration of the investments types/sources for low carbon energy projects
- Enhancing engagement between the public and private sectors
- Enhancing collaboration between the academic and business worlds. How can we best learn from each other?
- Potential tensions and synergies between technology transfer and efforts to build innovation capacity