Lighting in Nepal (c) Tom van Cakenberghe for Mercy Corps, 2015
© Tom van Cakenberghe for Mercy Corps, 2015

Best Practices for Decentralized Energy Solutions Focusing on Lighting & Power in Humanitarian Settings (Webinar)

May 24, 2017

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Time: 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time | 3:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time |  4:30 pm East Africa Time  Check your local time

This no-cost webinar, jointly hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center and the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, in collaboration with Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Humanitarian Working Group (SAFE WG), will highlight best practices for the nexus of energy access and humanitarian relief, particularly focusing on the timely and appropriate distribution of decentralized energy solutions for lighting and power. The webinar will be the second in the UN Foundation's best practices webinar series to share recommended methods for energy access efforts in different geographic and thematic contexts.

This webinar will explore the role of distributed energy solutions in humanitarian, conflict and displacement settings. The panelists will provide brief remarks on their respective work streams on this nexus issue, followed by a moderated discussion to delve deeper into remaining barriers and opportunities around scaling the procurement and inclusion of distributed energy solutions in humanitarian relief efforts.

The hashtag #PNwebinar will be used on social media during the webinar. Please follow live tweets from @energyaccessPN and join the conversation using #PNwebinar.

Luc Severi, Manager, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation will introduce the topic and provide context to the broader best practices webinar series.

Kathleen Callaghy, Program Associate, Humanitarian, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) will provide a primer on energy access for humanitarian relief and discuss the role and activities of the SAFE WG, which the Alliance co-chairs, in advancing the global discussion of humanitarian energy access and building the capacity of practitioners.

Paul McCallion, Senior Energy Advisor, UNHCR Geneva will highlight work being done by UNHCR on streamlining the inclusion of distributed energy products in humanitarian relief efforts, and share insights into specifications required by UN coordinating agencies when procuring appropriate products.

Mason Huffine, Africa Business and Sales Manager, LittleSun and Olivier Jacquet, Global Account Manager – Refugees, Emergency & War, Sustainable Development/Global Strategy, Schneider Electric will showcase best practices for sustainable lighting products appropriate for use in humanitarian contexts from a practitioner perspective, and share lessons learned from their respective countries of focus.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience guided by Luc Severi, United Nations Foundation.

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