Women in energy workshop

Durban, South Africa

11-12 December 2000

The workshop preceded the Women in Energy Ministerial Conference, which was part of the second Africa US Energy Ministers’ Conference.

The workshop discussed the fact that women are primary energy users and consumers in most developing countries and there is a need to explore ways of using policy to empower women and to promote safer and healthier technologies for women.

More than 200 participants attended the workshop, including decision-makers from across Africa and from other parts of the world.

For more information, or to receive a copy of the workshop proceedings, please contact:
Jamal Gore, Winrock International, 38 Winrock Drive, Morrilton, AR 72110, USA.
E-mail: Jgore@winrock.org


Poverty and sustainable development summit "poverty: the global challenge for governments, industry, scientists and civil society"

Delhi, India

7-9 February 2001

For more information, please contact:
Ms Sangeeta Singh, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India.
Fax: +91 11 4682144/4682145;
e-mail: ssingh@teri.res.in;


Solid biofuel terminology, definitions and descriptions

Berlin, Germany

13-14 February 2001

This was the second meeting of the Comité européen de normalisation (CEN) on "Solid Biofuels", Working Group 1 "Terminology, Definitions and Descriptions". CEN has five working groups dealing with this topic. The meeting was jointly organized by CEN and IEA Bioenergy Task 28: "Solid biomass fuels standardization and classification". The objectives were to:

• develop a set of standards for solid biomass fuels to be used by efficient and economical energy conversion systems;

• promote the standardization of the specifications and classification for solid biomass fuels by international standards bodies such as ISO;

• help create an international solid biomass fuels market in which they can be traded among producers (farmers, foresters, fuel companies) and users (utilities, district heating companies, industries, etc.) with quality assurance and performance guarantees.

The terminology promoted by CEN overlaps with the bioenergy terminology for statistics development by IEA, Paris. Both working groups have developed bioenergy terminology in parallel processes without major contacts between them. Mr Miguel Trossero, Senior Forestry Officer (Wood Energy) of FAO’s Wood Energy Programme has been in contact with both IEA and CEN and represented FAO at the meeting as an observer.

The draft discussed in Berlin will be further developed taking into account suggestions provided from within Working Group 1. The second draft will be discussed at the next meeting, which will take place in Rome, Italy on 1-2 October 2001.

For more information, please contact:

Miguel Trossero, at the address given on the first page.

[Please see in News and Notes for more information on Unified Wood Energy Terminology.]


International training programme on improved cookstoves

Chandigarh, India

1-12 March 2001

For more information, please contact:
S.K. Sharma, Director, Energy Research Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
E-mail: sks_erc@yahoo.com


Accounting methods, emissions tradingand cop6 negotiations related to bioenergy, wood products and carbon sequestration

Canberra, Australia

26-30 March 2001

An international workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy Task 25/38.

For more information, please contact:
Ms Kimberly Robertson, Joanneum Research, Elisabethstrasse 5,
A-8010 Graz, Austria.
Fax: +43 316 876 91330;
e-mail: kimberly.robertson@joanneum.ac.at


Seminar for women leaders on uptake of renewable energy technologies (rets)

Perth, Australia

27 June - 6 July 2001

Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in conjunction with the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), this seminar aims at familiarizing women from developing nations with reliable and proven renewable energy technologies, suitable for use in tropical and subtropical regions. The seminar objectives are:

Advocate for the political will and resources to support integrated and holistic energy policies, which take into account women’s needs.

Educate participants on sustainable energy issues and other concerns relevant to women’s needs, so that they can share this knowledge with others.

Provide technical education to increase access to women’s friendly and environmentally sound energy technologies.

Promote women’s collaboration with energy and other organizations in improving access to sustainable energy for both women and men.

Encourage women to participate in energy policy and planning discussions, and to play their role as stakeholders in energy service companies/cooperatives.

For more information, please contact the seminar organizers:

Christian Holger Strohmann, Head Environmental Education and Training, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, PO Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya.
Fax: +254 2 623917;
e-mail: christian.strohmann@unep.org ; or
Susan W. Muiruri, Environmental Education and Training, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, PO Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya.
Fax: +254 2 623917;
e-mail: eetu.intern@unep.org ; or
visit: www.unep.org/training/link.htm


First "european conference on green power marketing"

St Moritz, Switzerland

28-29 June 2001

In the liberalized, highly competitive electricity market, differentiation will be the key to success. This means that "Green Power Marketing" for electricity suppliers will also take on great significance.

This conference will open up a discussion forum on topics surrounding the trading and profitable marketing of renewable energy. Internationally recognized experts from the electricity industry, marketing and research as well as energy policy-makers and non-governmental organization representatives will reveal ways for market participants to face up to these new challenges and market conditions. Green Power Marketing is today no longer seen as an image-promotion exercise but as a strategic necessity. Similarly, customer-oriented implementation requires the use of the whole range of marketing instruments.

A panel discussion on the influence of energy labelling and certification on the market success of Green Power will round off the two-day programme.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Giger and Sabine Spoerri, Green Power Marketing Conference Management, Weberstrasse 10,
8004 Zurich, Switzerland.
Fax: +41 1 296 87 02;
e-mail: info@greenpowermarketing.org;


18th world energy congress

Buenos Aires, Argentina

21-25 October 2001

Under the theme "Energy markets: the challenges of the new millennium", this congress — the largest and most important global energy event — will gather more than 5 000 delegates, including government ministers and regulators, chief executive officers of major energy companies and other industry operators, senior academic researchers and consultants, representatives from approximately 50 international organizations and financing institutions, and the world media.

For more information, please contact:
Organizing Committee, 18th World Energy Congress, c/o Congresos Internacionales S.A., Moreno 584, Piso 9, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fax: +5411 4331 0223/3811;
e-mail: 18th-wec@congresosint.com.ar;


17th european photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition

Munich, Germany

22-26 October 2001

Organized by WIP-Munich.

For more information, please contact:
Amélia Carvalho, WIP, Sylvensteinstr. 2, D-81369 München, Germany.
Fax: +49 89 7201291;
e-mail: wip@wip-munich.de;


Energy and quality of life — policy directions in the new millennium

Vadodara, India

29 November - 1 December 2001

The participants at this international conference will have the opportunity to deliberate on issues that need policy decisions to give further impetus to the penetration of renewable energy technologies and enhance their positive impact on health, indoor air quality, environment and the attainment of sustainable development. The themes to be covered include:

1. Energy end uses, lifestyle, standard of living and quality of life.

2. Fuels, kitchen design, health and indoor and outdoor air quality.

3.Renewable energy generation and use, technologies and impact on natural resources; water resources to support life and sustainable development; linkages between energy and water:

• Solar thermal applications;

• Biogas and its applications;

• Biomass cooking/combustion technologies and other applications.

4. Energy, housing, environment and sustainable development.

5. Energy and gender issues.

6. Energy and technologies for lighting in residential and non-residential buildings.

7. Energy auditing and retrofits — residential and non-residential buildings.

8. Energy education for sustainable development.

9. Policy directions and global actions. 

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Rachel George, Conference Secretariat, TBSU-NPIC, H.M. Dept., Faculty of Home Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara 390 002, Gujarat, India.
Fax: +91 265 794864;
e-mail: rachel_george1@rediffmail.com

12th european conference and technology exhibition on biomass for energy and industry

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

17-21 June 2002


The great success of the 11th European Biomass Conference 2000 in Seville, Spain, which brought together 1 260 delegates from 61 countries and more than 150 exhibiting companies and organizations, underlined the importance of biomass as an energy source, as a raw material and for stabilizing the climate. The Kyoto obligations of the European Union to reduce the 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent by 2012 and the EU White Paper objectives to double the share of renewable energy sources in European Union energy production from its present 6 percent to 12 percent in 2010 are ambitious plans. Biomass appears to be the most promising renewable energy source to fulfil this target. Indeed, the White Paper gives biomass the best prospects of all renewable energy sources in the medium-to-long-term range. Today, 3 percent of the primary energy consumed in the European Union is derived from biomass resources. That share could reach 10 percent by 2020. In this context, the 12th European Biomass Conference, which is being organized by ETA-Florence and WIP-Germany, will contribute to the cutting-edge developments in the field of biomass utilization.