09-12-2015, 16:45 to 18:15, Paris, France
Many policies and donor initiatives target renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries, yet investment levels remain low.
REEEP, the Institute of Development Studies and ETH Zurich's Energy Politics Group are co-hosting an official side event at the Paris COP21 to look at current efforts to address finance and policy gaps, de-risk nascent markets for clean energy and catalyse green entrepreneurship and growth across the developing world.
Many policies and donor initiatives specifically target renewable energy and energy efficiency in low and middle-income countries, yet investment levels and business activity remain muted. The challenges of rapidly scaling-up private investment flows into clean energy go hand in hand with the breadth of actors influencing the picture worldwide and the risk profiles of each.
Thus have many efforts emerged to better understand, mitigate and manage risk profiles and the finance and policy gaps that contribute to them – in effect de-risking markets.
Key questions for the side event:
- How is financing for electrification and new access performing across the board, and how can it be improved?
- What barriers still stand in the way of rapid investment increases into energy projects – what do private investors consider “bankable” and why?
- How can policy makers and project developers mitigate investment risks? Can we learn from the Indian mini-grid experience?
- In the case of Africa, how is the political economy influencing decarbonisation efforts?
- What types of knowledge gaps still exist and how can we translate individual successes into larger market shifts?
- Dr Ana Pueyo, Institute for Development Studies
- Martin Hiller, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
- Prof Tobias Schmidt, ETH Zurich
- Oliver Waissbein, United Nations Development Program
- Abhishek Malhotra, ETH Zurich
- Prof Peter Newell, University of Sussex
- Peter Storey, Climate Technology Initiative Private Finance Advisory Network
Date and Time
December 9th, 2015 at 16:45-18:15
Blue Zone Room OR 12, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris