6. Event

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
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
Technical workshop: Exchanging best practices to incorporate variable renewable energy into long-term energy/power sector planning in South America
28 – 31 August 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This workshop will exchange and discuss the regional — and global — best practices for enhancing capacity expansion planning to achieve greater renewable energy deployment. Participants will encounter novel, cutting-edge approaches, and emerge with new ideas that could be applied in their national and/or regional planning contexts.More specifically, the discussion around best practices to enhance capacity expansion planning would focus on four main topics, including capacity credit of variable renewable energy, flexibility of a system, transmission investment needs, and stability constraints in a system.

Kindly note that this event is by invitation only.

RRA-Mali Validation Workshop
7 – 8 September 2017
Bamako, Mali
As follow-up to the Kick-Off meeting that was held in April 2017, this Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Validation Workshop will take place on 18 and 19 July 2017 in Bamako, and will discuss issues and possible service-resource pairs for Mali. This workshop is a platform to discuss and peer review the recommendations and actions for renewables deployment in the country.Kindly note that this event is by Invitation only.

High-Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance
11 – 12 September 2017
Florence, Italy
Organized by IRENA in collaboration with the government of Italy through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, this high-level gathering of the Global Geothermal Alliance constituency is taking place at a time when the global energy transition is advancing rapidly propelled by the business case for renewables which has never been stronger. Geothermal energy, as a mature technology providing clean and low cost energy for power generation and heating, has an important role in accelerating further this transition; however, it currently experiences modest growth.In this context, the High-Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing global efforts to accelerate the deployment of geothermal energy, in particular, the barriers hindering the substantial increase of investments in this energy source and the means to overcome them. High-level representatives of Member countries and Partner institutions of the Alliance will also examine actions and best practices to develop comprehensive technical, regulatory, policy and financial frameworks for scaling up geothermal energy, as well as, will focus on the strengthening of necessary institutional and human capacities.

The Global Geothermal Alliance (PDF) was established in 2015 to accelerate the deployment of this energy source. It serves as a global platform to enhance dialogue, cooperation and coordination action between geothermal industry, policy makers and other geothermal stakeholders.

Kindly note that this event is by Invitation only.

Forum on Regional Cooperation: Developing Quality Infrastructure for Photovoltaic Energy Generation
11 – 15 September 2017
Santiago, Chile
This event will engage policy-makers and regulators in the region in the development and implementation of Quality Infrastructure (QI) for solar PV systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will support the establishment of a collaborative network between QI institutes in the region, by sharing experiences and lessons from other regions, and will identify the major challenges in terms of quality infrastructure development for PV systems in the region, as well as the next steps to be taken by the stakeholders.
IRENA Co-hosted session at the European Utility Week 2017 – Spreading innovation for the power sector transformation globally: What EU’s experiences mean for the rest of the world?
3 – 5 October 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
IRENA will co-host a session, as part of the European Utility Week 2017, that aims to showcase and share the emerging experiences and innovative practices that support the power sector transformation towards a more decentralised and renewables-based system. Innovations can result in cost reductions of enabling technologies, and approaches to operate power systems that enable a 100% variable renewable energy mix in the system.
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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