Program

DAY 1: MONDAY APRIL 3, 2017

Productivity Matters

Putting Energy Efficiency First

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

An opening keynote by Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres United Nations Secretary General*

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on productivity for high-impact countries – focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders discuss how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency

11:20 - 11:45

Coffee & networking

11:45 - 12:30

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Good Utility

Utility leaders discuss how they have made significant advances in energy productivity and where they still need to ramp up.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Smart Policy

Policymakers talk about how they can transform their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Towards the Bottom Line - The Business Case for Doubling Energy Productivity

Industry leaders discuss how increasing energy productivity is good for the bottom line.

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

What role can energy play in decarbonizing the transport system?

SLOCAT, Michelin Bibendum

The transport sector has acknowledged the importance of a low carbon energy supply, but is yet to act in concert with the energy sector to map out the steps to be taken to ensure the timely available supply of low-carbon energy for the sector. Although transport is one of the largest end-users of energy, the energy sector is only recently beginning partner with the transport sector to draft joint approaches. There is a growing urgency to develop joint pathways for the production of renewable sources of energy and their deployment in transport. This session will bring together key stakeholders from both sectors to discuss a way forward.

13:45 - 14:45

The role of Results Based Financing in Realising Sustainable Energy for All

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Energising Development (EnDev) Program

Increasingly Results Based Financing (RBF) is being piloted as an innovative tool to promote energy access in developing countries. It offers incentives payments on the basis of results achieved to businesses that deliver pre-specified outputs. This session will look at experiences using RBF in energy programs, compare different RBF schemes and draw lessons as to the key challenges and success factors. This session aims to inform and inspire energy practitioners, financial institutes, government representatives and other stakeholders on the use of RBF schemes in overcoming barriers and accelerate market development for energy access.

13:45 - 14:45

Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Deep Dive on the Findings

International Energy Agency, World Bank and SEforALL

To mark the launch of the third edition of the Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework, this session will provide an in-depth look at global progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy made during 2012-2014. Find out whether the world is on track to meet the 2030 targets, which countries are leading the way, and where we need to concentrate more efforts going forward. For the first time, the session also features the contrasting stories of progress toward sustainable energy from different regions of the world.

15:00 - 16:00

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Experience, Best Practices and High Impact Opportunities in India and China

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Industrial energy efficiency improvements hold out a huge promise for cost-effective emissions reductions with multiple benefits for businesses and society. Join this session to hear more about experiences and the high impact opportunities for industry in the enormous developing markets of China and India.

15:00 - 16:00

Energy Productivity: Corporate early adopters and Disrupters

Energy Unlocked

What are the latest innovations that will have the biggest impact on energy productivity by 2030? With 100 business models currently on the EPIC platform, Energy Unlocked will share early insights into how new businesses and 'early adopter' corporate leaders are driving energy productivity and climate impact, either in their own operations or as new offers for their customers. Corporates, startups, SMEs and other private sector companies focused on energy technology, utilities and transport, will discuss their own innovative partnerships. The session will conclude with some of the implications for how corporates and governments can foster the ecosystems that enable these partnerships to scale. All participants will have a chance to actively connect through an interactive format.

15:00 - 16:00

Understanding Traditional Biomass | addressing the data challenge in Africa

SEforALL Biomass Accelerator

Traditional biomass represents a significant share of modern renewable energy use in Africa. However, a lack of robust data and information on its production and use - some estimates suggest this could be over-estimated by as much as 50% (GTF 2017, forthcoming) - are hampering efforts to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable biomass for the energy agenda, and to identify solutions to manage its use. This session will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the biomass energy data challenge, and explore national needs and solutions to improve data management. It will additionally explore participant's interest in engaging around a program of work to address these challenges in collaboration with key international, regional and national actors.

15:00 - 16:00

Tackling Heating and Cooling in Cities: What does it take?

SEforALL District Energy Accelerator

How can we heat and cool our cities without compromising air quality, climate goals, energy security and affordability? Urban leaders are responding to this challenge by embracing a modern approach for supplying energy to their cities. An approach that integrates local renewables, cogeneration plants and district heating and cooling networks in one low-carbon system. 197 nations adopted a New Urban Agenda in Quito last year that recognizes such 'modern district energy' networks as a key solution to integrate renewables and efficiency in cities.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the efficiency of electricity access

SEforALL and ENEL

The traditional electricity sector needs to be transformed by digitalization, decentralization, and electrification. This session will focus on how to address this transition in both emerging and developed contexts. In order to address these needs, energy sector must rely on a clear and conducive regulatory framework to attract, develop and de-risk investments and help reaching the electrification and efficiency target set by Governments.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Private Sector Competitiveness through Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (UNIDO and Carbon Trust)

The session will identify the drivers for the early adopters of energy management systems and address the many barriers that need to be tackled to ensure a more global uptake. It will showcase results achieved by companies that have already implemented energy management systems and discuss the challenges they  have faced in deploying these systems, and through it, reducing energy, cost and CO2. It will also discuss the difficulties faced by service providers for energy management in developing countries and economies in transition.

16:45 - 17:45

Overcoming the Barriers to Clean Energy Mini-Grid Deployment

EDP - Energias de Portugal S.A.

Clean Energy Mini-Grids have been proven as a fast, efficient, and cost effective means of providing sustained energy access to populations where distance from the grid is too large and the population density too low to economically justify a grid connection. Despite their commercial viability, the rate of deployment remains lower than what is needed to achieve SDG7. This session will address two of the main barriers impeding progress: the regulatory framework and financing.

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Energy Efficiency Markets in Latin America and The Caribbean (LAC)

Inter-American Development Bank

The 2016 LAC SEforALL Energy Week identified energy efficiency as a significant, if yet largely untapped energy resource for the region, providing the cleanest, cheapest and fastest solution to meet growing energy demand. This session will explore opportunities and international, intra- and inter-regional experience with a view to identifying how to overcome barriers and take forward an energy efficiency first approach across the LAC region.  The session will aim to advance action by bringing together policy makers and energy efficiency practitioners to share success stories and learnings and to engage new entrants to the sector.

16:45 - 17:45

Financing Urban Building Efficiency

SEforALL Building Efficiency Accelerator

In 2016, 23 cities worked with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to formulate building efficiency policy commitments, demonstration projects and tracking approaches. These cities now need financing and private sector engagement to bring their commitments to fruition. This session will see a number of City leaders pitch project proposals to financial institutional leaders with finance mechanisms that could be leveraged by cities or building owners seeking investments in building efficiency. The ensuing dialogue will aim to identify gaps and opportunities for the BEA and partners to assist cities with additional project preparation to help the city projects become investor ready.

16:45 - 17:45

How super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access

Global LEAP, CLASP, UN Foundation

Appliances are a rapidly increasing focus in sustainable development – particularly the role they play in expanding energy access and delivering the modern energy services that transform lives and livelihoods. This can be seen from emerging policy models in East Africa and South Asia, to interest in innovative off-grid appliance developers by impact investors, to benchmarking energy service levels against appliance usage via the Multi-Tier Framework and to new programmatic and market development investments. Join Global Lighting Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) partners – including CLASP as the operating agent and the United Nations Foundation – in an interactive discussion of emerging trends in off- and weak-grid appliance markets, progress to date, and what’s to come.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How could an object that was once an icon of the fossil fuel era become a catalyst for the sustainable energy movement?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

How can shifting public behavior accelerate the energy transition?

DAY 2: TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2017

Get it Together Integrating

Centralized and Decentralized Energy Systems

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries - and the important role renewables are playing - focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders showcase the action they are taking to scale clean cooking and deliver energy services to all by integrating “traditional” power regulations with renewable, decentralized and wireless energy carriers.

11:20 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How can disruptive technologies help us close the energy access gap and spur economic opportunity?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Country Action

Leaders talk about the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Making connections

Energy leaders talk about the challenges of – and opportunities for – connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems.

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Now We’re Cooking

Leaders discuss how we can secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

More than a connection: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply

World Resources Institute

Grid supply in many developing countries is struggling to keep up with demand, resulting in unreliable and inadequate electricity service. Innovative solutions like decentralized renewable energy and energy efficiency can be integrated into traditional grid services to help solve the problem. Open, granular, and credible data on the quality of supply are key to catalyzing discussion about what actions can be taken, who will benefit from them, and how results of investments can be monitored. The goal of this session is to share experiences with collecting data on the quality of supply and improving access to electricity along multiple dimensions.

13:45 - 14:45

Finance flows for energy access: are the right levels of finance flowing?

SEforALL, Climate Policy Initiative, World Bank, African Development Bank, Practical Action Consulting

Access to finance is cited as one of the core barriers to accelerating energy access. In an effort to unlock the necessary levels of investment, SEforALL has engaged partners to develop an inventory of where finance is flowing and whether these flows meet the financing needs and absorptive capacity of those seeking to close the access gap. The Session will explicitly solicit feedback on the approach, methodology, data and stakeholders needs and perceived challenges to ensure its relevance and usability, and will ensure that we meet the overall project goal - to inform decision makers on how to mobilize the most effective and appropriate finance required to deliver energy access by 2030.

13:45 - 14:45

Renewables Global Futures: Great debates towards 100% renewable energy

REN21

While there may be international agreement that we need to decarbonise our energy system, there is no one way to achieve this; what works in one country does not necessarily work in another. Finding solutions for some sectors is easier than for others. This session will present a full spectrum of views as to whether getting to a 100% renewables by mid-century is a pipe-dream or not. It will not to attempt to predict the future, but to better understand the opportunities and challenges of such a future. The session will be the first in a series of regional conversations about the feasibility of a 100% renewable energy future.

15:00 - 16:00

Unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries

Climate Policy Initiative

Finance is a key challenge to scaling up sustainable energy access in developing countries. While the capital exists, redirecting investment from high-carbon to low-carbon pathways requires innovative solutions that balance risks and returns and appeal to the private sector. Fortunately, there are a growing number of effective solutions that have already increased energy access and energy efficiency. This session will showcase financial instruments drawn from the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and related programs with the potential to drive billions of dollars in investment by addressing persistent barriers to investment.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the transformation of the energy sector

IRENA

Renewable energy is a fundamental part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. They provide a unique opportunity to develop an energy system that underpins sustainable development objectives. To support the ongoing energy transformation, technical aspects, market, regulation and business models will need to be rethought and innovated. On the basis of recent IRENA analysis and the Ministerial discussion at the IRENA General Assembly in January 2017, this session will discuss priority areas for immediate action to address the challenges brought about by the ongoing transformation.

15:00 - 16:00

Driving Innovative Financing to Scale the Cookstoves and Fuels Sector

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Businesses in the clean cooking sector require long-term investment to increase production capacity, expand distribution reach, finance working capital, extend end-user credit, hire management, and support growth initiatives. Unfortunately, this capital has typically been lacking, as many companies do not fit the requirements of commercial banks, development finance institutions, or impact investors. However, the sector is beginning to mature and perceptions are changing as innovative technologies and business models help spur the sector to scale. Representatives from the cookstove sector, as well as the commercial and philanthropic investment community, will hold an interactive discussion to discuss the merits of grant and investment mechanisms (including results-based finance) to drive investment into the cooking sector.  

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging the trilemma | the promise of integrated electrification planning

World Energy Council

The challenge of scaling the potential of distributed energy sources (DER) is at the core of the power sector transformation. Building on six years of analyzing and ranking the sustainability of energy systems around the world, the 2017 Energy Trilemma dialogue focuses on the innovative deployment and integration of distributed energy into existing power systems and the fundamental shift in thinking required from governments, regulators, producers, consumers and the finance sector. This interactive workshop will explore near-term needs and opportunities for the deployment and integration of DER and accelerating progress on the SEforALL goals.

15:00 - 16:00

Delivering Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate

UNDP

Energy is central to economic development, social progress, and environmental sustainability. Progress towards many of the SDGs including poverty eradication, better health and education, women empowerment, clean water, and food security depend on the energy goal. Achieving climate targets as outlined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will also remain unmet without energy sector transformation. Advancing these intertwined energy, climate, and development goals requires innovative business models and unlocking finance, integrated approaches and strong partnerships. This session brings together different stakeholders including policy makers, financiers, and the private sector to highlight key challenges and opportunities in advancing SDG7 and the NDCs.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

From Global to Local: Green Energy Finance in African Power

Power Africa, GOGLA

Power development initiatives have sought to utilize creative ways to blend private and public capital to foster infrastructure and off-grid development and facilitate the growth of sustainable power sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, public-private partnerships have sought to reduce risks (real or perceived) for local and international investors and companies, increase the quotient of private capital inflows into power sectors and more broadly develop markets capable of generating stable, attractive returns without the prolonged need for DFI capital inflows. This session seeks to explore how public-private partnerships have been and can be used to develop and finance local SME and local financial institutions’ participation in this sector.

16:45 - 17:45

The barriers to and opportunities for unleashing off grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals will require all sections of society to play their part. The session will seek to deep-dive into the challenges that organisations face in delivering successful, value-for money, off grid energy solutions in the ‘last mile’. It will explore the ways different stakeholders can play their part in driving the market forward – not least government and financial institutions. It will also seek to understand the innovative ways organisations have overcome the barriers they face and create a platform for shared knowledge and best practice (such as with innovation in financial models).

16:45 - 17:45

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge

U.S. Department of State

Universal access to energy cannot be achieved through public or private sector action alone. The two must work together to achieve the scale necessary to bring electricity to the over one billion people who lack it. Public-private partnerships can stimulate technological innovations to overcome energy access barriers. Public funds can be used to de-risk projects and leverage private finance. This session will focus on the U.S. Department of State’s Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge, which is creating partnerships to address the global energy access challenge. This discussion will explore how these partnerships are stimulating innovation, finance, and deployment of clean energy systems and services. Additionally, the session will examine the Tech Challenge structure as a model for promoting development in energy access.

16:45 - 17:45

From plans to actions – Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforALL initiative

African Development Bank

The session will discuss the state of implementation of the SEforALL initiative in Africa, focusing on what is required to implement the priorities identified in the Action Agendas and to mobilize the resources required to finance the opportunities contained in the Investment Prospectuses. The discussion will focus on the following three issues: 1 – How can there be a coordinated response from the different stakeholders to the priorities identified by countries? 2 – What are the models/examples of implementation and coordination structures? 3 – How can the Investment Prospectuses become a real tool for attracting additional investments from the public and particularly the private sector? 

16:45 - 17:45

Governments, civil society and private sector - who needs a seat at the table to achieve green and inclusive energy access?

Hivos

Decentralized renewable energy is playing a key role when it comes to energy access however, the Global Tracking Framework shows we are not at the necessary speed to achieve universal energy access by 2030. The session will focus on sharing learnings on how working together with a broad range of stakeholders across government, civil society and the private sector can accelerate the uptake of decentralized renewable energy access. The interactive session will feature storytelling and in-depth discussion around the success criteria and pitfalls of multi-stakeholder partnerships and make the case for a renewed emphasis on this approach.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How can simple innovations and 'non-traditional' development approaches unlock seemingly inextricable problems?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

19:30 - 21:30

Dinner

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017

Why Wait?

Seizing the ‘Energy Access Dividend’

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:30

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:30 - 10:30

Marshalling the Evidence

Exploring the dividends that accrue with energy services and the case for going further, faster, together.

10:30 - 11:30

Knowledge into Action

Leaders highlight how energy services help generate jobs, improve education and health, enable businesses to grow, and create huge new markets

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How could the approach the world’s largest furniture store took to embracing LED lighting and renewable energy become a catalyst for the global sustainable energy movement?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Leaving No One Behind

How leaders can create an even playing field by addressing issues of affordability

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: The New Market

Can the private sector really serve the bottom of the pyramid?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Off Grid - On Target

How energy providers are increasing productivity through decentralized solutions

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

Integrating sustainable energy into humanitarian relief: an opportunity for local markets and SEforALL goals

Chatham House

There are currently over 65 million people displaced by conflict around the world. 86 percent of these people are taking refuge in developing countries, many of which are affected by severe energy access and/or energy security issues. With humanitarian agencies increasingly being asked to deliver longer term development solutions, energy investments can be a bridge which helps secure basic human needs whilst contributing to a country’s long term sustainability goals. This session will explore case studies on how humanitarian practices and aid flows in refugee crises might help scale up access to clean energy in low and middle-income host countries.

13:45 - 14:45

Partnerships to integrate energy resources and last-mile access for income generation

Columbia University

This session will aim to bring unconventional actors such as large companies together with actors from low-income countries as well as organizations that have global reach in order to examine pathways for impact at scale. The dialogue will be mediated by those in multi-lateral banks and academia who can contribute to addressing research gaps and translating best practices into plans and projects that can be financed.  Particular emphasis will be on combining or “integrating” the goals of energy access with those of renewable integration. Reaching targets of SDG 7 will require such collaboration and partnerships. 

13:45 - 14:45

Shine - Investing in Energy Access for All

Wallace Global Fund, GreenFaith and SEforALL

When world leaders signed the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, they committed to an energy transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable solutions. However, their commitments to date have failed to prioritize the most vulnerable communities. Shine is an emerging, independent global campaign dedicated to ending energy poverty and unlocking new opportunities for billions of people. Partners from the faith, development, and philanthropic sectors are generating momentum to achieve universal access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy by 2030. Participants will learn about Shine's strategy and approach, and how they can become involved.

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging efforts for scaling energy access through women centric business models

ENERGIA

Energy access and gender equality are both reflected as important goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the two are often discussed separately, they are inextricably linked. Over the past few years, a number innovative business models around women’s energy entrepreneurship have gained traction. NGOs and the private sector are finding it profitable to engage women (and their networks) as part of the workforce in promotion, sale, servicing, and financing of off-grid electrification solutions, as well as in leadership positions in energy sector organizations. This session will discuss the success and value add of women-centric business models and how to take such approaches and investments to scale, while also harnessing socio-economic benefits.

15:00 - 16:00

Powering Healthcare: Making the Case for Greater Investment in Health Facility Electrification

UN Foundation

Despite energy’s critical role in health systems, it is estimated that tens of thousands of health centers and clinics across the developing world lack adequate electricity and the health services it powers. The session will draw on the experiences of governments, donors and development institutions that are currently (or have previously been) supporting energy interventions in the health sector, to explore factors facilitating and constraining greater investment in health facility electrification in resource-constrained settings. The roundtable is intended to elevate this important, but often overlooked, issue within the sustainable development agenda, while helping to share experiences and successes that can help others facing similar challenges advance the energy and health nexus.

15:00 - 16:00

A People-Centered Accelerator to Advance Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment in the Sustainable Energy Sector

SEforALL Gender and Inclusion Accelerator

To achieve universal access to sustainable energy justly and without leaving anyone behind requires a people-centered approach, with gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment placed at heart of SEforALL’s strategic approach. This session aims to strengthen collaboration with partners and launch a People-centred Accelerator to develop and promote approaches that address gender equity and provide sustainable energy access to the very poorest, contribute to women’s full participation in access solutions and associated economic opportunities, and extend the universe of partners in this area. This includes government, the private sector, finance providers, civil society as well as women’s, social justice and development organizations not traditionally engaged in energy issues.

15:00 - 16:00

Voices from the Village – Are you listening to what we really want?

Smart Villages

This interactive, inclusive, and engaging session will discuss and debate the need to focus more on dividends from energy access, particularly for off-grid communities, to achieve not only SDG 7 but a range of other SDGs. A panel made up of community leaders from high impact countries around the world will answer the key starting question: what exactly are the priorities for villages themselves when it comes to achieving energy access dividends? For many, the answers will be surprising. The ensuing conversation will focus on the need for an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to achieving these dividends, while also facilitating productive uses of energy.

15:00 - 16:00

Turning the power on for 1.1 billion people: the role of off-grid solar solutions in meeting the needs of underserved households

GOGLA

Building on the success of solar lighting, larger off-grid solar systems are reaching an increasing number of households. Many question, however, whether off-grid solutions can be a real alternative. This session will explore the energy needs, patterns and trajectories of off-grid households in developing countries, and determine what evidence is required to ensure we fulfill these needs with the most appropriate solutions. The panel will discuss which technology solutions can address specific customer needs; how entry level products can pave the way for larger capacity solar home systems and other electricity solutions; and, assess if and how households are moving up the ‘energy ladder’ and what can be done to accelerate this process.

16:00 - 16:45

Going Further, Faster - Together

Closing Panel

DAY 1: MONDAY APRIL 3, 2017

Productivity Matters

Putting Energy Efficiency First

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

An opening keynote by Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres United Nations Secretary General*

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on productivity for high-impact countries – focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders discuss how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency

11:20 - 11:45

Coffee & networking

11:45 - 12:30

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Good Utility

Utility leaders discuss how they have made significant advances in energy productivity and where they still need to ramp up.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Smart Policy

Policymakers talk about how they can transform their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Towards the Bottom Line - The Business Case for Doubling Energy Productivity

Industry leaders discuss how increasing energy productivity is good for the bottom line.

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

What role can energy play in decarbonizing the transport system?

SLOCAT, Michelin Bibendum

The transport sector has acknowledged the importance of a low carbon energy supply, but is yet to act in concert with the energy sector to map out the steps to be taken to ensure the timely available supply of low-carbon energy for the sector. Although transport is one of the largest end-users of energy, the energy sector is only recently beginning partner with the transport sector to draft joint approaches. There is a growing urgency to develop joint pathways for the production of renewable sources of energy and their deployment in transport. This session will bring together key stakeholders from both sectors to discuss a way forward.

13:45 - 14:45

The role of Results Based Financing in Realising Sustainable Energy for All

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Energising Development (EnDev) Program

Increasingly Results Based Financing (RBF) is being piloted as an innovative tool to promote energy access in developing countries. It offers incentives payments on the basis of results achieved to businesses that deliver pre-specified outputs. This session will look at experiences using RBF in energy programs, compare different RBF schemes and draw lessons as to the key challenges and success factors. This session aims to inform and inspire energy practitioners, financial institutes, government representatives and other stakeholders on the use of RBF schemes in overcoming barriers and accelerate market development for energy access.

13:45 - 14:45

Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Deep Dive on the Findings

International Energy Agency, World Bank and SEforALL

To mark the launch of the third edition of the Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework, this session will provide an in-depth look at global progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy made during 2012-2014. Find out whether the world is on track to meet the 2030 targets, which countries are leading the way, and where we need to concentrate more efforts going forward. For the first time, the session also features the contrasting stories of progress toward sustainable energy from different regions of the world.

15:00 - 16:00

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Experience, Best Practices and High Impact Opportunities in India and China

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Industrial energy efficiency improvements hold out a huge promise for cost-effective emissions reductions with multiple benefits for businesses and society. Join this session to hear more about experiences and the high impact opportunities for industry in the enormous developing markets of China and India.

15:00 - 16:00

Energy Productivity: Corporate early adopters and Disrupters

Energy Unlocked

What are the latest innovations that will have the biggest impact on energy productivity by 2030? With 100 business models currently on the EPIC platform, Energy Unlocked will share early insights into how new businesses and 'early adopter' corporate leaders are driving energy productivity and climate impact, either in their own operations or as new offers for their customers. Corporates, startups, SMEs and other private sector companies focused on energy technology, utilities and transport, will discuss their own innovative partnerships. The session will conclude with some of the implications for how corporates and governments can foster the ecosystems that enable these partnerships to scale. All participants will have a chance to actively connect through an interactive format.

15:00 - 16:00

Understanding Traditional Biomass | addressing the data challenge in Africa

SEforALL Biomass Accelerator

Traditional biomass represents a significant share of modern renewable energy use in Africa. However, a lack of robust data and information on its production and use - some estimates suggest this could be over-estimated by as much as 50% (GTF 2017, forthcoming) - are hampering efforts to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable biomass for the energy agenda, and to identify solutions to manage its use. This session will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the biomass energy data challenge, and explore national needs and solutions to improve data management. It will additionally explore participant's interest in engaging around a program of work to address these challenges in collaboration with key international, regional and national actors.

15:00 - 16:00

Tackling Heating and Cooling in Cities: What does it take?

SEforALL District Energy Accelerator

How can we heat and cool our cities without compromising air quality, climate goals, energy security and affordability? Urban leaders are responding to this challenge by embracing a modern approach for supplying energy to their cities. An approach that integrates local renewables, cogeneration plants and district heating and cooling networks in one low-carbon system. 197 nations adopted a New Urban Agenda in Quito last year that recognizes such 'modern district energy' networks as a key solution to integrate renewables and efficiency in cities.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the efficiency of electricity access

SEforALL and ENEL

The traditional electricity sector needs to be transformed by digitalization, decentralization, and electrification. This session will focus on how to address this transition in both emerging and developed contexts. In order to address these needs, energy sector must rely on a clear and conducive regulatory framework to attract, develop and de-risk investments and help reaching the electrification and efficiency target set by Governments.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Private Sector Competitiveness through Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (UNIDO and Carbon Trust)

The session will identify the drivers for the early adopters of energy management systems and address the many barriers that need to be tackled to ensure a more global uptake. It will showcase results achieved by companies that have already implemented energy management systems and discuss the challenges they  have faced in deploying these systems, and through it, reducing energy, cost and CO2. It will also discuss the difficulties faced by service providers for energy management in developing countries and economies in transition.

16:45 - 17:45

Overcoming the Barriers to Clean Energy Mini-Grid Deployment

EDP - Energias de Portugal S.A.

Clean Energy Mini-Grids have been proven as a fast, efficient, and cost effective means of providing sustained energy access to populations where distance from the grid is too large and the population density too low to economically justify a grid connection. Despite their commercial viability, the rate of deployment remains lower than what is needed to achieve SDG7. This session will address two of the main barriers impeding progress: the regulatory framework and financing.

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Energy Efficiency Markets in Latin America and The Caribbean (LAC)

Inter-American Development Bank

The 2016 LAC SEforALL Energy Week identified energy efficiency as a significant, if yet largely untapped energy resource for the region, providing the cleanest, cheapest and fastest solution to meet growing energy demand. This session will explore opportunities and international, intra- and inter-regional experience with a view to identifying how to overcome barriers and take forward an energy efficiency first approach across the LAC region.  The session will aim to advance action by bringing together policy makers and energy efficiency practitioners to share success stories and learnings and to engage new entrants to the sector.

16:45 - 17:45

Financing Urban Building Efficiency

SEforALL Building Efficiency Accelerator

In 2016, 23 cities worked with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to formulate building efficiency policy commitments, demonstration projects and tracking approaches. These cities now need financing and private sector engagement to bring their commitments to fruition. This session will see a number of City leaders pitch project proposals to financial institutional leaders with finance mechanisms that could be leveraged by cities or building owners seeking investments in building efficiency. The ensuing dialogue will aim to identify gaps and opportunities for the BEA and partners to assist cities with additional project preparation to help the city projects become investor ready.

16:45 - 17:45

How super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access

Global LEAP, CLASP, UN Foundation

Appliances are a rapidly increasing focus in sustainable development – particularly the role they play in expanding energy access and delivering the modern energy services that transform lives and livelihoods. This can be seen from emerging policy models in East Africa and South Asia, to interest in innovative off-grid appliance developers by impact investors, to benchmarking energy service levels against appliance usage via the Multi-Tier Framework and to new programmatic and market development investments. Join Global Lighting Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) partners – including CLASP as the operating agent and the United Nations Foundation – in an interactive discussion of emerging trends in off- and weak-grid appliance markets, progress to date, and what’s to come.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How could an object that was once an icon of the fossil fuel era become a catalyst for the sustainable energy movement?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

How can shifting public behavior accelerate the energy transition?

DAY 2: TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2017

Get it Together Integrating

Centralized and Decentralized Energy Systems

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries - and the important role renewables are playing - focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders showcase the action they are taking to scale clean cooking and deliver energy services to all by integrating “traditional” power regulations with renewable, decentralized and wireless energy carriers.

11:20 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How can disruptive technologies help us close the energy access gap and spur economic opportunity?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Country Action

Leaders talk about the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Making connections

Energy leaders talk about the challenges of – and opportunities for – connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems.

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Now We’re Cooking

Leaders discuss how we can secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

More than a connection: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply

World Resources Institute

Grid supply in many developing countries is struggling to keep up with demand, resulting in unreliable and inadequate electricity service. Innovative solutions like decentralized renewable energy and energy efficiency can be integrated into traditional grid services to help solve the problem. Open, granular, and credible data on the quality of supply are key to catalyzing discussion about what actions can be taken, who will benefit from them, and how results of investments can be monitored. The goal of this session is to share experiences with collecting data on the quality of supply and improving access to electricity along multiple dimensions.

13:45 - 14:45

Finance flows for energy access: are the right levels of finance flowing?

SEforALL, Climate Policy Initiative, World Bank, African Development Bank, Practical Action Consulting

Access to finance is cited as one of the core barriers to accelerating energy access. In an effort to unlock the necessary levels of investment, SEforALL has engaged partners to develop an inventory of where finance is flowing and whether these flows meet the financing needs and absorptive capacity of those seeking to close the access gap. The Session will explicitly solicit feedback on the approach, methodology, data and stakeholders needs and perceived challenges to ensure its relevance and usability, and will ensure that we meet the overall project goal - to inform decision makers on how to mobilize the most effective and appropriate finance required to deliver energy access by 2030.

13:45 - 14:45

Renewables Global Futures: Great debates towards 100% renewable energy

REN21

While there may be international agreement that we need to decarbonise our energy system, there is no one way to achieve this; what works in one country does not necessarily work in another. Finding solutions for some sectors is easier than for others. This session will present a full spectrum of views as to whether getting to a 100% renewables by mid-century is a pipe-dream or not. It will not to attempt to predict the future, but to better understand the opportunities and challenges of such a future. The session will be the first in a series of regional conversations about the feasibility of a 100% renewable energy future.

15:00 - 16:00

Unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries

Climate Policy Initiative

Finance is a key challenge to scaling up sustainable energy access in developing countries. While the capital exists, redirecting investment from high-carbon to low-carbon pathways requires innovative solutions that balance risks and returns and appeal to the private sector. Fortunately, there are a growing number of effective solutions that have already increased energy access and energy efficiency. This session will showcase financial instruments drawn from the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and related programs with the potential to drive billions of dollars in investment by addressing persistent barriers to investment.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the transformation of the energy sector

IRENA

Renewable energy is a fundamental part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. They provide a unique opportunity to develop an energy system that underpins sustainable development objectives. To support the ongoing energy transformation, technical aspects, market, regulation and business models will need to be rethought and innovated. On the basis of recent IRENA analysis and the Ministerial discussion at the IRENA General Assembly in January 2017, this session will discuss priority areas for immediate action to address the challenges brought about by the ongoing transformation.

15:00 - 16:00

Driving Innovative Financing to Scale the Cookstoves and Fuels Sector

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Businesses in the clean cooking sector require long-term investment to increase production capacity, expand distribution reach, finance working capital, extend end-user credit, hire management, and support growth initiatives. Unfortunately, this capital has typically been lacking, as many companies do not fit the requirements of commercial banks, development finance institutions, or impact investors. However, the sector is beginning to mature and perceptions are changing as innovative technologies and business models help spur the sector to scale. Representatives from the cookstove sector, as well as the commercial and philanthropic investment community, will hold an interactive discussion to discuss the merits of grant and investment mechanisms (including results-based finance) to drive investment into the cooking sector.  

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging the trilemma | the promise of integrated electrification planning

World Energy Council

The challenge of scaling the potential of distributed energy sources (DER) is at the core of the power sector transformation. Building on six years of analyzing and ranking the sustainability of energy systems around the world, the 2017 Energy Trilemma dialogue focuses on the innovative deployment and integration of distributed energy into existing power systems and the fundamental shift in thinking required from governments, regulators, producers, consumers and the finance sector. This interactive workshop will explore near-term needs and opportunities for the deployment and integration of DER and accelerating progress on the SEforALL goals.

15:00 - 16:00

Delivering Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate

UNDP

Energy is central to economic development, social progress, and environmental sustainability. Progress towards many of the SDGs including poverty eradication, better health and education, women empowerment, clean water, and food security depend on the energy goal. Achieving climate targets as outlined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will also remain unmet without energy sector transformation. Advancing these intertwined energy, climate, and development goals requires innovative business models and unlocking finance, integrated approaches and strong partnerships. This session brings together different stakeholders including policy makers, financiers, and the private sector to highlight key challenges and opportunities in advancing SDG7 and the NDCs.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

From Global to Local: Green Energy Finance in African Power

Power Africa, GOGLA

Power development initiatives have sought to utilize creative ways to blend private and public capital to foster infrastructure and off-grid development and facilitate the growth of sustainable power sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, public-private partnerships have sought to reduce risks (real or perceived) for local and international investors and companies, increase the quotient of private capital inflows into power sectors and more broadly develop markets capable of generating stable, attractive returns without the prolonged need for DFI capital inflows. This session seeks to explore how public-private partnerships have been and can be used to develop and finance local SME and local financial institutions’ participation in this sector.

16:45 - 17:45

The barriers to and opportunities for unleashing off grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals will require all sections of society to play their part. The session will seek to deep-dive into the challenges that organisations face in delivering successful, value-for money, off grid energy solutions in the ‘last mile’. It will explore the ways different stakeholders can play their part in driving the market forward – not least government and financial institutions. It will also seek to understand the innovative ways organisations have overcome the barriers they face and create a platform for shared knowledge and best practice (such as with innovation in financial models).

16:45 - 17:45

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge

U.S. Department of State

Universal access to energy cannot be achieved through public or private sector action alone. The two must work together to achieve the scale necessary to bring electricity to the over one billion people who lack it. Public-private partnerships can stimulate technological innovations to overcome energy access barriers. Public funds can be used to de-risk projects and leverage private finance. This session will focus on the U.S. Department of State’s Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge, which is creating partnerships to address the global energy access challenge. This discussion will explore how these partnerships are stimulating innovation, finance, and deployment of clean energy systems and services. Additionally, the session will examine the Tech Challenge structure as a model for promoting development in energy access.

16:45 - 17:45

From plans to actions – Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforALL initiative

African Development Bank

The session will discuss the state of implementation of the SEforALL initiative in Africa, focusing on what is required to implement the priorities identified in the Action Agendas and to mobilize the resources required to finance the opportunities contained in the Investment Prospectuses. The discussion will focus on the following three issues: 1 – How can there be a coordinated response from the different stakeholders to the priorities identified by countries? 2 – What are the models/examples of implementation and coordination structures? 3 – How can the Investment Prospectuses become a real tool for attracting additional investments from the public and particularly the private sector? 

16:45 - 17:45

Governments, civil society and private sector - who needs a seat at the table to achieve green and inclusive energy access?

Hivos

Decentralized renewable energy is playing a key role when it comes to energy access however, the Global Tracking Framework shows we are not at the necessary speed to achieve universal energy access by 2030. The session will focus on sharing learnings on how working together with a broad range of stakeholders across government, civil society and the private sector can accelerate the uptake of decentralized renewable energy access. The interactive session will feature storytelling and in-depth discussion around the success criteria and pitfalls of multi-stakeholder partnerships and make the case for a renewed emphasis on this approach.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How can simple innovations and 'non-traditional' development approaches unlock seemingly inextricable problems?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

19:30 - 21:30

Dinner

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017

Why Wait?

Seizing the ‘Energy Access Dividend’

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:30

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:30 - 10:30

Marshalling the Evidence

Exploring the dividends that accrue with energy services and the case for going further, faster, together.

10:30 - 11:30

Knowledge into Action

Leaders highlight how energy services help generate jobs, improve education and health, enable businesses to grow, and create huge new markets

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How could the approach the world’s largest furniture store took to embracing LED lighting and renewable energy become a catalyst for the global sustainable energy movement?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Leaving No One Behind

How leaders can create an even playing field by addressing issues of affordability

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: The New Market

Can the private sector really serve the bottom of the pyramid?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Off Grid - On Target

How energy providers are increasing productivity through decentralized solutions

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

Integrating sustainable energy into humanitarian relief: an opportunity for local markets and SEforALL goals

Chatham House

There are currently over 65 million people displaced by conflict around the world. 86 percent of these people are taking refuge in developing countries, many of which are affected by severe energy access and/or energy security issues. With humanitarian agencies increasingly being asked to deliver longer term development solutions, energy investments can be a bridge which helps secure basic human needs whilst contributing to a country’s long term sustainability goals. This session will explore case studies on how humanitarian practices and aid flows in refugee crises might help scale up access to clean energy in low and middle-income host countries.

13:45 - 14:45

Partnerships to integrate energy resources and last-mile access for income generation

Columbia University

This session will aim to bring unconventional actors such as large companies together with actors from low-income countries as well as organizations that have global reach in order to examine pathways for impact at scale. The dialogue will be mediated by those in multi-lateral banks and academia who can contribute to addressing research gaps and translating best practices into plans and projects that can be financed.  Particular emphasis will be on combining or “integrating” the goals of energy access with those of renewable integration. Reaching targets of SDG 7 will require such collaboration and partnerships. 

13:45 - 14:45

Shine - Investing in Energy Access for All

Wallace Global Fund, GreenFaith and SEforALL

When world leaders signed the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, they committed to an energy transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable solutions. However, their commitments to date have failed to prioritize the most vulnerable communities. Shine is an emerging, independent global campaign dedicated to ending energy poverty and unlocking new opportunities for billions of people. Partners from the faith, development, and philanthropic sectors are generating momentum to achieve universal access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy by 2030. Participants will learn about Shine's strategy and approach, and how they can become involved.

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging efforts for scaling energy access through women centric business models

ENERGIA

Energy access and gender equality are both reflected as important goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the two are often discussed separately, they are inextricably linked. Over the past few years, a number innovative business models around women’s energy entrepreneurship have gained traction. NGOs and the private sector are finding it profitable to engage women (and their networks) as part of the workforce in promotion, sale, servicing, and financing of off-grid electrification solutions, as well as in leadership positions in energy sector organizations. This session will discuss the success and value add of women-centric business models and how to take such approaches and investments to scale, while also harnessing socio-economic benefits.

15:00 - 16:00

Powering Healthcare: Making the Case for Greater Investment in Health Facility Electrification

UN Foundation

Despite energy’s critical role in health systems, it is estimated that tens of thousands of health centers and clinics across the developing world lack adequate electricity and the health services it powers. The session will draw on the experiences of governments, donors and development institutions that are currently (or have previously been) supporting energy interventions in the health sector, to explore factors facilitating and constraining greater investment in health facility electrification in resource-constrained settings. The roundtable is intended to elevate this important, but often overlooked, issue within the sustainable development agenda, while helping to share experiences and successes that can help others facing similar challenges advance the energy and health nexus.

15:00 - 16:00

A People-Centered Accelerator to Advance Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment in the Sustainable Energy Sector

SEforALL Gender and Inclusion Accelerator

To achieve universal access to sustainable energy justly and without leaving anyone behind requires a people-centered approach, with gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment placed at heart of SEforALL’s strategic approach. This session aims to strengthen collaboration with partners and launch a People-centred Accelerator to develop and promote approaches that address gender equity and provide sustainable energy access to the very poorest, contribute to women’s full participation in access solutions and associated economic opportunities, and extend the universe of partners in this area. This includes government, the private sector, finance providers, civil society as well as women’s, social justice and development organizations not traditionally engaged in energy issues.

15:00 - 16:00

Voices from the Village – Are you listening to what we really want?

Smart Villages

This interactive, inclusive, and engaging session will discuss and debate the need to focus more on dividends from energy access, particularly for off-grid communities, to achieve not only SDG 7 but a range of other SDGs. A panel made up of community leaders from high impact countries around the world will answer the key starting question: what exactly are the priorities for villages themselves when it comes to achieving energy access dividends? For many, the answers will be surprising. The ensuing conversation will focus on the need for an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to achieving these dividends, while also facilitating productive uses of energy.

15:00 - 16:00

Turning the power on for 1.1 billion people: the role of off-grid solar solutions in meeting the needs of underserved households

GOGLA

Building on the success of solar lighting, larger off-grid solar systems are reaching an increasing number of households. Many question, however, whether off-grid solutions can be a real alternative. This session will explore the energy needs, patterns and trajectories of off-grid households in developing countries, and determine what evidence is required to ensure we fulfill these needs with the most appropriate solutions. The panel will discuss which technology solutions can address specific customer needs; how entry level products can pave the way for larger capacity solar home systems and other electricity solutions; and, assess if and how households are moving up the ‘energy ladder’ and what can be done to accelerate this process.

16:00 - 16:45

Going Further, Faster - Together

Closing Panel

DAY 1: MONDAY APRIL 3, 2017

Productivity Matters

Putting Energy Efficiency First

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

An opening keynote by Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres United Nations Secretary General*

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on productivity for high-impact countries – focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders discuss how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency

11:20 - 11:45

Coffee & networking

11:45 - 12:30

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Good Utility

Utility leaders discuss how they have made significant advances in energy productivity and where they still need to ramp up.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Smart Policy

Policymakers talk about how they can transform their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth.

12:30 - 13:30

The Deep Dive: Towards the Bottom Line - The Business Case for Doubling Energy Productivity

Industry leaders discuss how increasing energy productivity is good for the bottom line.

13:30 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

What role can energy play in decarbonizing the transport system?

SLOCAT, Michelin Bibendum

The transport sector has acknowledged the importance of a low carbon energy supply, but is yet to act in concert with the energy sector to map out the steps to be taken to ensure the timely available supply of low-carbon energy for the sector. Although transport is one of the largest end-users of energy, the energy sector is only recently beginning partner with the transport sector to draft joint approaches. There is a growing urgency to develop joint pathways for the production of renewable sources of energy and their deployment in transport. This session will bring together key stakeholders from both sectors to discuss a way forward.

13:45 - 14:45

The role of Results Based Financing in Realising Sustainable Energy for All

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Energising Development (EnDev) Program

Increasingly Results Based Financing (RBF) is being piloted as an innovative tool to promote energy access in developing countries. It offers incentives payments on the basis of results achieved to businesses that deliver pre-specified outputs. This session will look at experiences using RBF in energy programs, compare different RBF schemes and draw lessons as to the key challenges and success factors. This session aims to inform and inspire energy practitioners, financial institutes, government representatives and other stakeholders on the use of RBF schemes in overcoming barriers and accelerate market development for energy access.

13:45 - 14:45

Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Deep Dive on the Findings

International Energy Agency, World Bank and SEforALL

To mark the launch of the third edition of the Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework, this session will provide an in-depth look at global progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy made during 2012-2014. Find out whether the world is on track to meet the 2030 targets, which countries are leading the way, and where we need to concentrate more efforts going forward. For the first time, the session also features the contrasting stories of progress toward sustainable energy from different regions of the world.

15:00 - 16:00

Industrial Energy Efficiency: Experience, Best Practices and High Impact Opportunities in India and China

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Industrial energy efficiency improvements hold out a huge promise for cost-effective emissions reductions with multiple benefits for businesses and society. Join this session to hear more about experiences and the high impact opportunities for industry in the enormous developing markets of China and India.

15:00 - 16:00

Energy Productivity: Corporate early adopters and Disrupters

Energy Unlocked

What are the latest innovations that will have the biggest impact on energy productivity by 2030? With 100 business models currently on the EPIC platform, Energy Unlocked will share early insights into how new businesses and 'early adopter' corporate leaders are driving energy productivity and climate impact, either in their own operations or as new offers for their customers. Corporates, startups, SMEs and other private sector companies focused on energy technology, utilities and transport, will discuss their own innovative partnerships. The session will conclude with some of the implications for how corporates and governments can foster the ecosystems that enable these partnerships to scale. All participants will have a chance to actively connect through an interactive format.

15:00 - 16:00

Understanding Traditional Biomass | addressing the data challenge in Africa

SEforALL Biomass Accelerator

Traditional biomass represents a significant share of modern renewable energy use in Africa. However, a lack of robust data and information on its production and use - some estimates suggest this could be over-estimated by as much as 50% (GTF 2017, forthcoming) - are hampering efforts to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable biomass for the energy agenda, and to identify solutions to manage its use. This session will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the biomass energy data challenge, and explore national needs and solutions to improve data management. It will additionally explore participant's interest in engaging around a program of work to address these challenges in collaboration with key international, regional and national actors.

15:00 - 16:00

Tackling Heating and Cooling in Cities: What does it take?

SEforALL District Energy Accelerator

How can we heat and cool our cities without compromising air quality, climate goals, energy security and affordability? Urban leaders are responding to this challenge by embracing a modern approach for supplying energy to their cities. An approach that integrates local renewables, cogeneration plants and district heating and cooling networks in one low-carbon system. 197 nations adopted a New Urban Agenda in Quito last year that recognizes such 'modern district energy' networks as a key solution to integrate renewables and efficiency in cities.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the efficiency of electricity access

SEforALL and ENEL

The traditional electricity sector needs to be transformed by digitalization, decentralization, and electrification. This session will focus on how to address this transition in both emerging and developed contexts. In order to address these needs, energy sector must rely on a clear and conducive regulatory framework to attract, develop and de-risk investments and help reaching the electrification and efficiency target set by Governments.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Private Sector Competitiveness through Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (UNIDO and Carbon Trust)

The session will identify the drivers for the early adopters of energy management systems and address the many barriers that need to be tackled to ensure a more global uptake. It will showcase results achieved by companies that have already implemented energy management systems and discuss the challenges they  have faced in deploying these systems, and through it, reducing energy, cost and CO2. It will also discuss the difficulties faced by service providers for energy management in developing countries and economies in transition.

16:45 - 17:45

Overcoming the Barriers to Clean Energy Mini-Grid Deployment

EDP - Energias de Portugal S.A.

Clean Energy Mini-Grids have been proven as a fast, efficient, and cost effective means of providing sustained energy access to populations where distance from the grid is too large and the population density too low to economically justify a grid connection. Despite their commercial viability, the rate of deployment remains lower than what is needed to achieve SDG7. This session will address two of the main barriers impeding progress: the regulatory framework and financing.

16:45 - 17:45

Increasing Energy Efficiency Markets in Latin America and The Caribbean (LAC)

Inter-American Development Bank

The 2016 LAC SEforALL Energy Week identified energy efficiency as a significant, if yet largely untapped energy resource for the region, providing the cleanest, cheapest and fastest solution to meet growing energy demand. This session will explore opportunities and international, intra- and inter-regional experience with a view to identifying how to overcome barriers and take forward an energy efficiency first approach across the LAC region.  The session will aim to advance action by bringing together policy makers and energy efficiency practitioners to share success stories and learnings and to engage new entrants to the sector.

16:45 - 17:45

Financing Urban Building Efficiency

SEforALL Building Efficiency Accelerator

In 2016, 23 cities worked with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to formulate building efficiency policy commitments, demonstration projects and tracking approaches. These cities now need financing and private sector engagement to bring their commitments to fruition. This session will see a number of City leaders pitch project proposals to financial institutional leaders with finance mechanisms that could be leveraged by cities or building owners seeking investments in building efficiency. The ensuing dialogue will aim to identify gaps and opportunities for the BEA and partners to assist cities with additional project preparation to help the city projects become investor ready.

16:45 - 17:45

How super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access

Global LEAP, CLASP, UN Foundation

Appliances are a rapidly increasing focus in sustainable development – particularly the role they play in expanding energy access and delivering the modern energy services that transform lives and livelihoods. This can be seen from emerging policy models in East Africa and South Asia, to interest in innovative off-grid appliance developers by impact investors, to benchmarking energy service levels against appliance usage via the Multi-Tier Framework and to new programmatic and market development investments. Join Global Lighting Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) partners – including CLASP as the operating agent and the United Nations Foundation – in an interactive discussion of emerging trends in off- and weak-grid appliance markets, progress to date, and what’s to come.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How could an object that was once an icon of the fossil fuel era become a catalyst for the sustainable energy movement?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

How can shifting public behavior accelerate the energy transition?

DAY 2: TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2017

Get it Together Integrating

Centralized and Decentralized Energy Systems

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:20

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:20 - 10:20

Marshalling the Evidence

The latest data on electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries - and the important role renewables are playing - focusing on the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors where we can go further, faster

10:20 - 11:20

Knowledge into Action

Leaders showcase the action they are taking to scale clean cooking and deliver energy services to all by integrating “traditional” power regulations with renewable, decentralized and wireless energy carriers.

11:20 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How can disruptive technologies help us close the energy access gap and spur economic opportunity?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Country Action

Leaders talk about the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Making connections

Energy leaders talk about the challenges of – and opportunities for – connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems.

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Now We’re Cooking

Leaders discuss how we can secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

More than a connection: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply

World Resources Institute

Grid supply in many developing countries is struggling to keep up with demand, resulting in unreliable and inadequate electricity service. Innovative solutions like decentralized renewable energy and energy efficiency can be integrated into traditional grid services to help solve the problem. Open, granular, and credible data on the quality of supply are key to catalyzing discussion about what actions can be taken, who will benefit from them, and how results of investments can be monitored. The goal of this session is to share experiences with collecting data on the quality of supply and improving access to electricity along multiple dimensions.

13:45 - 14:45

Finance flows for energy access: are the right levels of finance flowing?

SEforALL, Climate Policy Initiative, World Bank, African Development Bank, Practical Action Consulting

Access to finance is cited as one of the core barriers to accelerating energy access. In an effort to unlock the necessary levels of investment, SEforALL has engaged partners to develop an inventory of where finance is flowing and whether these flows meet the financing needs and absorptive capacity of those seeking to close the access gap. The Session will explicitly solicit feedback on the approach, methodology, data and stakeholders needs and perceived challenges to ensure its relevance and usability, and will ensure that we meet the overall project goal - to inform decision makers on how to mobilize the most effective and appropriate finance required to deliver energy access by 2030.

13:45 - 14:45

Renewables Global Futures: Great debates towards 100% renewable energy

REN21

While there may be international agreement that we need to decarbonise our energy system, there is no one way to achieve this; what works in one country does not necessarily work in another. Finding solutions for some sectors is easier than for others. This session will present a full spectrum of views as to whether getting to a 100% renewables by mid-century is a pipe-dream or not. It will not to attempt to predict the future, but to better understand the opportunities and challenges of such a future. The session will be the first in a series of regional conversations about the feasibility of a 100% renewable energy future.

15:00 - 16:00

Unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries

Climate Policy Initiative

Finance is a key challenge to scaling up sustainable energy access in developing countries. While the capital exists, redirecting investment from high-carbon to low-carbon pathways requires innovative solutions that balance risks and returns and appeal to the private sector. Fortunately, there are a growing number of effective solutions that have already increased energy access and energy efficiency. This session will showcase financial instruments drawn from the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and related programs with the potential to drive billions of dollars in investment by addressing persistent barriers to investment.

15:00 - 16:00

Accelerating the transformation of the energy sector

IRENA

Renewable energy is a fundamental part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. They provide a unique opportunity to develop an energy system that underpins sustainable development objectives. To support the ongoing energy transformation, technical aspects, market, regulation and business models will need to be rethought and innovated. On the basis of recent IRENA analysis and the Ministerial discussion at the IRENA General Assembly in January 2017, this session will discuss priority areas for immediate action to address the challenges brought about by the ongoing transformation.

15:00 - 16:00

Driving Innovative Financing to Scale the Cookstoves and Fuels Sector

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Businesses in the clean cooking sector require long-term investment to increase production capacity, expand distribution reach, finance working capital, extend end-user credit, hire management, and support growth initiatives. Unfortunately, this capital has typically been lacking, as many companies do not fit the requirements of commercial banks, development finance institutions, or impact investors. However, the sector is beginning to mature and perceptions are changing as innovative technologies and business models help spur the sector to scale. Representatives from the cookstove sector, as well as the commercial and philanthropic investment community, will hold an interactive discussion to discuss the merits of grant and investment mechanisms (including results-based finance) to drive investment into the cooking sector.  

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging the trilemma | the promise of integrated electrification planning

World Energy Council

The challenge of scaling the potential of distributed energy sources (DER) is at the core of the power sector transformation. Building on six years of analyzing and ranking the sustainability of energy systems around the world, the 2017 Energy Trilemma dialogue focuses on the innovative deployment and integration of distributed energy into existing power systems and the fundamental shift in thinking required from governments, regulators, producers, consumers and the finance sector. This interactive workshop will explore near-term needs and opportunities for the deployment and integration of DER and accelerating progress on the SEforALL goals.

15:00 - 16:00

Delivering Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate

UNDP

Energy is central to economic development, social progress, and environmental sustainability. Progress towards many of the SDGs including poverty eradication, better health and education, women empowerment, clean water, and food security depend on the energy goal. Achieving climate targets as outlined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will also remain unmet without energy sector transformation. Advancing these intertwined energy, climate, and development goals requires innovative business models and unlocking finance, integrated approaches and strong partnerships. This session brings together different stakeholders including policy makers, financiers, and the private sector to highlight key challenges and opportunities in advancing SDG7 and the NDCs.

16:00 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Partner Working Sessions

16:45 - 17:45

From Global to Local: Green Energy Finance in African Power

Power Africa, GOGLA

Power development initiatives have sought to utilize creative ways to blend private and public capital to foster infrastructure and off-grid development and facilitate the growth of sustainable power sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, public-private partnerships have sought to reduce risks (real or perceived) for local and international investors and companies, increase the quotient of private capital inflows into power sectors and more broadly develop markets capable of generating stable, attractive returns without the prolonged need for DFI capital inflows. This session seeks to explore how public-private partnerships have been and can be used to develop and finance local SME and local financial institutions’ participation in this sector.

16:45 - 17:45

The barriers to and opportunities for unleashing off grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals will require all sections of society to play their part. The session will seek to deep-dive into the challenges that organisations face in delivering successful, value-for money, off grid energy solutions in the ‘last mile’. It will explore the ways different stakeholders can play their part in driving the market forward – not least government and financial institutions. It will also seek to understand the innovative ways organisations have overcome the barriers they face and create a platform for shared knowledge and best practice (such as with innovation in financial models).

16:45 - 17:45

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge

U.S. Department of State

Universal access to energy cannot be achieved through public or private sector action alone. The two must work together to achieve the scale necessary to bring electricity to the over one billion people who lack it. Public-private partnerships can stimulate technological innovations to overcome energy access barriers. Public funds can be used to de-risk projects and leverage private finance. This session will focus on the U.S. Department of State’s Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge, which is creating partnerships to address the global energy access challenge. This discussion will explore how these partnerships are stimulating innovation, finance, and deployment of clean energy systems and services. Additionally, the session will examine the Tech Challenge structure as a model for promoting development in energy access.

16:45 - 17:45

From plans to actions – Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforALL initiative

African Development Bank

The session will discuss the state of implementation of the SEforALL initiative in Africa, focusing on what is required to implement the priorities identified in the Action Agendas and to mobilize the resources required to finance the opportunities contained in the Investment Prospectuses. The discussion will focus on the following three issues: 1 – How can there be a coordinated response from the different stakeholders to the priorities identified by countries? 2 – What are the models/examples of implementation and coordination structures? 3 – How can the Investment Prospectuses become a real tool for attracting additional investments from the public and particularly the private sector? 

16:45 - 17:45

Governments, civil society and private sector - who needs a seat at the table to achieve green and inclusive energy access?

Hivos

Decentralized renewable energy is playing a key role when it comes to energy access however, the Global Tracking Framework shows we are not at the necessary speed to achieve universal energy access by 2030. The session will focus on sharing learnings on how working together with a broad range of stakeholders across government, civil society and the private sector can accelerate the uptake of decentralized renewable energy access. The interactive session will feature storytelling and in-depth discussion around the success criteria and pitfalls of multi-stakeholder partnerships and make the case for a renewed emphasis on this approach.

17:45 - 18:00

Disruptive Voices

How can simple innovations and 'non-traditional' development approaches unlock seemingly inextricable problems?

18:00 - 19:30

Drinks

19:30 - 21:30

Dinner

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017

Why Wait?

Seizing the ‘Energy Access Dividend’

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 - 9:30

The Wake-Up Call

Opening key note

9:30 - 10:30

Marshalling the Evidence

Exploring the dividends that accrue with energy services and the case for going further, faster, together.

10:30 - 11:30

Knowledge into Action

Leaders highlight how energy services help generate jobs, improve education and health, enable businesses to grow, and create huge new markets

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

12:00 - 12:15

Disruptive Voices

How could the approach the world’s largest furniture store took to embracing LED lighting and renewable energy become a catalyst for the global sustainable energy movement?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Leaving No One Behind

How leaders can create an even playing field by addressing issues of affordability

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: The New Market

Can the private sector really serve the bottom of the pyramid?

12:15 - 13:15

The Deep Dive: Off Grid - On Target

How energy providers are increasing productivity through decentralized solutions

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch in the marketplace

Partner Working Sessions

13:45 - 14:45

Integrating sustainable energy into humanitarian relief: an opportunity for local markets and SEforALL goals

Chatham House

There are currently over 65 million people displaced by conflict around the world. 86 percent of these people are taking refuge in developing countries, many of which are affected by severe energy access and/or energy security issues. With humanitarian agencies increasingly being asked to deliver longer term development solutions, energy investments can be a bridge which helps secure basic human needs whilst contributing to a country’s long term sustainability goals. This session will explore case studies on how humanitarian practices and aid flows in refugee crises might help scale up access to clean energy in low and middle-income host countries.

13:45 - 14:45

Partnerships to integrate energy resources and last-mile access for income generation

Columbia University

This session will aim to bring unconventional actors such as large companies together with actors from low-income countries as well as organizations that have global reach in order to examine pathways for impact at scale. The dialogue will be mediated by those in multi-lateral banks and academia who can contribute to addressing research gaps and translating best practices into plans and projects that can be financed.  Particular emphasis will be on combining or “integrating” the goals of energy access with those of renewable integration. Reaching targets of SDG 7 will require such collaboration and partnerships. 

13:45 - 14:45

Shine - Investing in Energy Access for All

Wallace Global Fund, GreenFaith and SEforALL

When world leaders signed the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, they committed to an energy transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable solutions. However, their commitments to date have failed to prioritize the most vulnerable communities. Shine is an emerging, independent global campaign dedicated to ending energy poverty and unlocking new opportunities for billions of people. Partners from the faith, development, and philanthropic sectors are generating momentum to achieve universal access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy by 2030. Participants will learn about Shine's strategy and approach, and how they can become involved.

15:00 - 16:00

Leveraging efforts for scaling energy access through women centric business models

ENERGIA

Energy access and gender equality are both reflected as important goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the two are often discussed separately, they are inextricably linked. Over the past few years, a number innovative business models around women’s energy entrepreneurship have gained traction. NGOs and the private sector are finding it profitable to engage women (and their networks) as part of the workforce in promotion, sale, servicing, and financing of off-grid electrification solutions, as well as in leadership positions in energy sector organizations. This session will discuss the success and value add of women-centric business models and how to take such approaches and investments to scale, while also harnessing socio-economic benefits.

15:00 - 16:00

Powering Healthcare: Making the Case for Greater Investment in Health Facility Electrification

UN Foundation

Despite energy’s critical role in health systems, it is estimated that tens of thousands of health centers and clinics across the developing world lack adequate electricity and the health services it powers. The session will draw on the experiences of governments, donors and development institutions that are currently (or have previously been) supporting energy interventions in the health sector, to explore factors facilitating and constraining greater investment in health facility electrification in resource-constrained settings. The roundtable is intended to elevate this important, but often overlooked, issue within the sustainable development agenda, while helping to share experiences and successes that can help others facing similar challenges advance the energy and health nexus.

15:00 - 16:00

A People-Centered Accelerator to Advance Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment in the Sustainable Energy Sector

SEforALL Gender and Inclusion Accelerator

To achieve universal access to sustainable energy justly and without leaving anyone behind requires a people-centered approach, with gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment placed at heart of SEforALL’s strategic approach. This session aims to strengthen collaboration with partners and launch a People-centred Accelerator to develop and promote approaches that address gender equity and provide sustainable energy access to the very poorest, contribute to women’s full participation in access solutions and associated economic opportunities, and extend the universe of partners in this area. This includes government, the private sector, finance providers, civil society as well as women’s, social justice and development organizations not traditionally engaged in energy issues.

15:00 - 16:00

Voices from the Village – Are you listening to what we really want?

Smart Villages

This interactive, inclusive, and engaging session will discuss and debate the need to focus more on dividends from energy access, particularly for off-grid communities, to achieve not only SDG 7 but a range of other SDGs. A panel made up of community leaders from high impact countries around the world will answer the key starting question: what exactly are the priorities for villages themselves when it comes to achieving energy access dividends? For many, the answers will be surprising. The ensuing conversation will focus on the need for an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to achieving these dividends, while also facilitating productive uses of energy.

15:00 - 16:00

Turning the power on for 1.1 billion people: the role of off-grid solar solutions in meeting the needs of underserved households

GOGLA

Building on the success of solar lighting, larger off-grid solar systems are reaching an increasing number of households. Many question, however, whether off-grid solutions can be a real alternative. This session will explore the energy needs, patterns and trajectories of off-grid households in developing countries, and determine what evidence is required to ensure we fulfill these needs with the most appropriate solutions. The panel will discuss which technology solutions can address specific customer needs; how entry level products can pave the way for larger capacity solar home systems and other electricity solutions; and, assess if and how households are moving up the ‘energy ladder’ and what can be done to accelerate this process.

16:00 - 16:45

Going Further, Faster - Together

Closing Panel

* To be confirmed