The 56 countries comprising the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) differ greatly from each other, not just in terms of culture, language and geographical location, but also with regards to the structure of their electricity sectors. Some of the member states managed to build up enormous renewable capacities. Others, on the other hand, still produce relatively small amounts of their electricity from renewable sources. Yet, many of these countries have extensive potential for their deployment, which could be realised at low cost. For more information on the issue, please consult this publication.
This workshop, held alongside of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, seeks to establish a platform for the exchange of information within the region. Collaboratively, decision makers from governments, market regulators and businesses being active in selected UNECE countries shall identify both challenges and barriers to the deployment of renewable energy sources in the electricity sector and possible solutions for addressing these.
Most notably, the one-day event features two modules that are meant to create room for exchange: In a first step, participants will have the opportunity to present, discuss and critically assess the current market situation for renewable power in their countries. Moreover, a multi-peer discussion process shall enable the representatives to address difficulties, share experience and outline adequate solutions with regards to the development of a renewable electricity market. This event is organized by the German Energy Agency (dena) in close cooperation with the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Buildings and Nuclear Safety