Saving Lives, Reducing Costs: Heat Light and Power for Refugees

November 17, 2015   |   New York, USA

The Moving Energy Initiative is launching its flagship report: Saving Lives, Reducing Costs: Heat
Light and Power for Refugees. This presents for the first time estimates of the volume and costs of energy used in situations of forced displacement worldwide. The evidence strongly suggests the need for an overhaul in the way that energy is managed within the humanitarian sector and shows how new approaches could benefit of refugees and displaced people, host country communities and the environment. This launch meeting will offer the opportunity to discuss the report’s findings and recommendations with stakeholders, focusing on practical scope for introducing cleaner forms of energy in a sustainable way.

Discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • Why should sustainable energy interventions be prioritized in the current, highly challenging, political context?
  • How can humanitarian agencies respond to the challenge of integrating energy concerns into thecore programming of their operations?
  • What type of commitments from donors and host governments would improve the effectiveness of energy provision in humanitarian response?

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th November 2015, from 13:15 – 14:45 (with tea and coffee from 12:45), and is kindly hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations and other partners in: Conference Room 8, United Nations Headquarters, 405 E 42nd St, New York, NY, United States. Further details are forthcoming.