Increasing the share of renewable resources is one of the main strategies towards sustainable development. Yet, to ensure a successful energy transition towards sustainable development, energy planning ought to include and engage the various stakeholders. Under the title "Potentials of Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development", the "JRF vor Ort"-event of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and the Wuppertal Institute will take place on November 15 from 3 to 5 pm at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE) in Bonn. The event will be conducted in English.
After a welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Dieter Bathen, Chairman of the Johannes Rau Research Community (JRF), two short presentations by the participating JRF institutes will follow, providing insights into the current joint research project "Middle East North Africa Sustainable ELECtricity Trajectories" (MENA SELECT). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and consisting of BICC, which leads the project, Germanwatch, IIASA, the Wuppertal Institute, and the University of Flensburg. The project examines the socio-economic impacts, risks and opportunities of different electricity scenarios within the MENA region by employing a participatory approach with local stakeholders.
The expert input will be completed by a guest presentation held by Rafat Assi on the role of renewables in the context of climate change in Jordan. Rafat Assi is Acting Vice President for Research and Development of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan.
After the presentations, DIE will host a discussion with the audience. Apart from the speakers mentioned above, Safa’ Al Jayoussi (IndyACT, Executive Director und Regional Head of Climate & Energy Campaign) will also join this discussion.
The event is part of the official "Interconnections Zone" of DIE during the UN Conference of the Parties (COP23). The Interconnections Zone is a place for transdisciplinary exchange between civil society, science, policy-makers and other stakeholders on climate change and sustainable development issues. The Interconnections Zone is accessible to participants with and without COP23 accreditation. The number of seats is limited. Admission only by prior registration. No COP23 accreditation is needed to visit the venue. Please note, cars cannot be parked near the Interconnections Zone.