EXPO 2017 – Future Energy
10 June – 10 September 2017
Astana, Kazakhstan

IRENA’s activities during Astana EXPO-2017 include a Ministerial Dialogue on Renewable Energy in Central Asia on 11 June as part of the Energy Ministerial Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy. From 12 to 14 June, within the 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, the Agency will be leading various renewable energy related sessions, and on 20 June, IRENA will conduct a round table discussion on REmap: Global Renewable Energy Outlook at the World Scientific and Engineering Congress. Please see table below.

EXPO visitors can familiarize themselves with IRENA’s activities by exploring the Pavilion of International Organizations, where the Agency will have a booth throughout the three months of the Exhibition.

Event Date Time Venue
Ministerial Dialogue on Renewable Energy in Central Asia as part of the Energy Ministerial Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy 11 June 2017 14:30 - 16:00 Congress Center
Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy as part of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 12 June 2017 16:00 - 17:30 Congress Center
Regional Cooperation on Renewable Energy in Central Asia as part of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 13 June 2017 9:00 - 10:30 Congress Center
Renewable Energy Finance as part of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 14 June 2017 11:00 - 12:30 Congress Center
Realising Renewable Energy Targets through Policies as part of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 14 June 2017 16:00 - 17:30 Congress Center
REmap: Global Renewable Energy Outlook as part of the World Scientific and Engineering Congress 20 June 2017 9:00 - 13:00 Congress Center
IRENA booth as part of the Joint Pavilion of International Organizations 10 June - 10 September 2017 9:00-21:00 (Daily) Pavilion of International Organizations


RRA Validation Workshop-Panama
19 – 20 June 2017
Panama City, Panama

Co-organized with the Secretariat of Energy of Panama, the Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Panama validation workshop will provide the opportunity to present and validate the preliminary findings resulting from the RRA process initiated in Panama in August 2016. Feedback from national energy stakeholders will consolidate the recommendations identified and feed into the final RRA-Panama report. The validation workshop will also serve as a platform for in-depth discussions among key national stakeholders on actions needed to enhance Panama’s readiness for scaled-up renewable energy deployment.

In Panama renewable energy deployment is accelerating. The national supply of electricity generated from wind resources grew by 259% in the period January-May 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Electricity generation using solar power increased from around 502,000 kWh in the first five months of 2015 to more than 19 million kWh in 2016. To further support the uptake of renewables in Panama and help the country reach its renewable energy mix target of 70% by 2050, IRENA initiated in August 2015 a RRA for the country, at the request of and in close cooperation with the government of Panama. The RRA provides a holistic assessment of key conditions for renewable energy deployment and short- to medium-term actions and recommendations to improve readiness and overcome barriers through enabling framework conducive to renewable energy investments.

EU Sustainability Week
19 – 25 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium

European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe, bringing together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.

IRENA will hold two events at this EUSEW on 21 and 22 June 2017, as well as take part in the Networking Village over the same dates:

21 June 2017: REthinking Energy — Innovation in Renewable Energy Policy and Regulation, an IRENA session on Renewable Energy Policies and Market Design, during which participants will share experiences from the design and implementation of policy instruments to support deployment in their countries, with a focus on innovative policy designs to address market-specific barriers. Participants will also discuss the adoption of policies and regulations that go beyond deployment policies, such as flexibility measures, for the integration of larger shares of variable renewable energy. IRENA will set the scene with a presentation on the findings from its latest work.

More details about the event can be found here.

22 June 2017: EU’s Renewable Energy Prospects for 2030 — What Can We Expect?, will cover the findings of IRENA’s ongoing assessment of renewable energy prospects of the European Union by 2030. The assessment is based on deepened analysis of existing REmap studies for 11 EU Member States, augmented and aggregated with additional analysis for the other 17 EU Member States. The aim of the study is to provide an open platform for EU Member States to assess at an aggregated level the impacts of their national renewable energy plans and options.

More details about the event can be found here.

CECCA-Regulatory and technical components meetings
20 – 21 June 2017
Panama City, Panama

The Clean Energy Corridor Central America (CECCA) team will undertake consultations with key CECCA stakeholders (SNE, ETESA, AES, EGESA, ASEP among others) to discuss the methodologies used in pilot projects while ensuring commitment and buy-in from national entities (ETESA, and ASEP). The meeting aims to gather key data that is necessary for the final implementation phase of the pilot projects in Panama. During the consultation mission, IRENA will also conduct interviews and surveys to develop tailor-made recommendations to help establish policy and regulatory frameworks that are conducive to the reliable and efficient integration of larger shares of variable renewables to the national and regional power systems.

Another series of interviews will be conducted by IRENA to collect data and information from ETESA, ASEP, National Energy Secretariat, ENSA, EGESA, AES, Union Eólica, and the Environmental Secretariat in an effort to identify technical integration needs of variable generation in the grid of Panama. These consultations will all help tailor the recommendations to address the required changes in the planning and operations to support a reliable integration of larger shares of variable renewables. Finally, the IRENA will identify and agreed in close consultation with key stakeholders the training needs for system operators to support higher levels of variable generation.

International Workshop on Linkages between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and GBEP Sustainability Indicators (GSIs)
3 – 4 July 2017
Bonn, Germany

Co-organised with Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the German Development Institute (DIE), this IRENA event seeks to build consensus on how to ensure that bioenergy expansion contributes to sustainable development goals, adequate food supply, and effective response to global climate change. One key way to do so is the set of 24 GBEP Sustainability Indicators (GSIs), of which 8 each relate to economic, environmental and social sustainability. The brief on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development, which was jointly developed by IRENA with the UN Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) and IEA Bioenergy technology cooperation programme, will be highlighted.

Workshop on Sustainable Rural Biofuel Strategy in Africa
Early 2018
Location: TBC

In Africa, bioenergy is a main source of energy for 70 to 80 percent of its population (approximately 800 million people). It has become more challenging for Africans to respond to the global demand towards low-carbon society while adapting themselves to the rapidly changing environment and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change, population growth and land degradation among others.

In cooperation with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), this workshop, to be held at the 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, will provide information on how to increase bioenergy availability with improved food security while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts in rural Africa.

Call for submissions: IRENA is collecting good practices till the end of August 2017 that will be reviewed by an expert group. All the contributions meeting the requirements will be asked to submit a full paper to be submitted by the end of October 2017.

Selected contributions will be invited to give a presentation at the Workshop to be held at 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, in early 2018 (TBC).

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