Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation

NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/). Ashden and Bloomberg logos are from their websites.

 

International winners of Ashden Awards 2017, ranging from Africa to Asia, showcased their work with a focus on scaling clean energy innovation at the Ashden International Conference 2017 held at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London on 13 June 2017.

 

Titled Scaling clean energy innovation: Expanding markets, reaching new places and developing capacity, the conference was hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The event brought together clean energy innovators, industry leaders, NGOs, investors and academics to present and discuss current themes and trends in the sustainable energy world.

 

International winners of Ashden Awards 2017 illustrated how they are creating opportunities for growth and investment in the clean energy sector. Their presentations were followed by discussion panels comprising the winners and external experts.

 

The event started with introductory remarks by chair, BBC’s Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin.

 

Then, Sarah Butler-Sloss (Ashden Founder Director) welcomed the delegates, highlighting the fact that decarbonisation our energy system while bringing sustainable energy to all is a formidable challenge that requires extensive collaboration.

 

The event comprised four sessions:

  • Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy
  • Accelerating expansion to new geographies
  • Developing local skills and capacity
  • Sustainable urbanisation

 

An outline of each session is presented below, along with the members of each panel. For more information on the winners, please visit Ashden’s web page on award winners: https://www.ashden.org/news/2017-ashden-award-winners-announced

 

Session 1: Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Thomas Duveau, Mobisol, East Africa (the winner of the Ashden Judges’ Special Award)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo, Futurepump, Kenya (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water)

Panel 1 comprised:

  • Thomas Duveau (Mobisol)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo (Futurepump)
  • Magdalena Banasiak (UK Department for International Development DFID)
  • Michael Wilshire (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

 

Session 2: Accelerating expansion to new geographies

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Daler Jumaev, Pamir Energy, Tajikistan (Winner of the Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access, supported by the IKEA Foundation)
  • Nate Heller, PEG Africa, Ghana (Winner of the Ashden Award for Innovative Finance, supported by Citi)

 

Panel 2 comprised:

  • Daler Jumaev (Pamir Energy)
  • Nate Heller (PEG Africa)
  • Jeffrey Prins (IKEA Foundation)
  • Dario Traum (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

 

Session 3: Developing local skills and capacity

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Sita Adhikari, Empower Generation, Nepal (Winner of the Ashden Award for Clean Energy for Women and Girls, supported by UK aid)
  • Mauricia Nambatya and Russell Matcham, Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT), Uganda (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, supported by Grosvenor)

 

Panel 3 comprised:

  • Anya Cherneff (Empower Generation)
  • Mauricia Nambatya (Haileybury Youth Trust HYT)
  • Prof Yacob Mulugetta (University College London UCL)
  • Scott Roy (Whitten and Roy Partnership)

 

Session 4: Sustainable urbanisation

 

Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Wu Guoxiong, Hangzhou Bicycle Service, China (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Transport)
  • Harit Soni, Ecolibrium Energy, India (Winner of the Ashden Award for Powering Business)

Panel 4 comprised:

  • Wu Guoxiong (Hangzhou Bicycle Service)
  • Harit Soni (Ecolibrium Energy)
  • Lisa Conibear (Shell Foundation)
  • Tai Lee Siang (World Green Building Council and Asia Pacific Network)

 

Closing remarks

 

After Roger Harrabin, presented a summary of the sessions, Sarah Butler-Sloss delivered the closing remarks.

 

What a better world it would be if all these initiatives and projects are rolled out and scaled up, she said and highlighted several points that are vital for the endeavour of bringing sustainable energy for all:

  • Collaboration, especially private-public
  • Innovation that takes technology to people
  • Capacity building
  • Doing more with less/ efficiency
  • Convergence, which is already taking place (e.g. energy and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs)

 

Ashden Awards 2017 ceremony will take place in London on 15 June 2017.

 

Note: Logos are from respective websites.

 

 

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Ashden Int’l Conference 2017 | Scaling Clean Energy innovation: markets, new places and capacity

Ashden International Conference 2017, titled Scaling clean energy innovation: Expanding markets, reaching new places and developing capacity, will take place in London (Bloomberg’s European Headquarters, 39-45 Finsbury Square EC2A 1PQ) on 13 June from 10am to 5pm.

 

Hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the conference will bring together clean energy innovators, industry leaders, NGOs, investors and academics to present and discuss current themes and trends in the sustainable energy world.

 

The event, chaired by the BBC’s Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin, will highlight how Ashden winners are creating opportunities for growth and investment in the clean energy sector. It comprises presentations by Ashden International Award winners and discussion panels comprising Ashden winners and external experts.

 

The programme is structured around four themes:

  • Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy
  • Expanding to new geographies
  • Developing local skills and capacity
  • Sustainable urbanisation

 

Speakers announced so far include:

  • Lee Siang Tai (Chair, World Green Building Council & Asia Pacific Network)
  • Lisa Conibear (Business Manager, Shell Foundation)
  • Dario Traum (Senior Analyst on Climatescope for BNEF)
  • Michael Wilshire (Head of Strategy at BNEF)
  • Magdalena Banasiak (Senior Innovation Adviser, Research and Evidence Department, DFID)
  • Scott Roy (Director, Whitten and Roy Partnership)
  • Jeffrey Prins (Programme Manager, Renewable Energy, IKEA Foundation)
  • Yacob Mulugetta (Professor of Energy and Development Policy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy STEaPP, University College London)

 

Closing remarks will be delivered by Roger Harrabin and Sarah Butler-Sloss.

 

The host, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), powered by Bloomberg’s global network, is an industry research firm focused on helping energy professionals generate opportunities.

 

Note: This post is based on the content on Ashden website and the conference’s Eventbrite page. Logos are from respective websites.

 

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An Inconvenient Truth to rock Ashden Awards 2017 in London | Al Gore, to the fore

Former US Vice-President Al Gore will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Ashden Awards ceremony to be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 15 June 2017. The ceremony week will also see Ashden Conferences and other events to showcase the winners’ work and discuss the challenges of creating a low-carbon future.

 

The Awards, established in 2001, are globally recognised as a measure for excellence in the field of green energy.

 

Ashden Awards 2017

 

Keynote speaker: Al Gore the keynote speaker is no stranger to the Ashden Awards ceremony. He hosted it in 2007, not long after the release of his ground-breaking film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. This time, his appearance coincides with the release of another of his movies, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

 

In the keynote he is expected to share his views on the progress since last year’s Paris climate agreement at COP21, the impact of the current political environment on the efforts to encourage divestment from fossil fuels, and how this year’s winners are contributing to the battle against climate change.

 

The finalists: The shortlist for the 2017 Awards comprises 22 pioneering sustainable energy organisations and programmes under two categories:

  • UK finalists
  • International finalists

 

With a focus on reducing carbon emissions and saving energy, the work of the UK finalists spans a number of areas, including energy usage in buildings, energy storage, smart energy hardware and software, and clean air in cities.

 

The UK finalists are:

  • Big Birmingham Bikes
  • Carbon Co-op
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Passivhaus Trust
  • RES Group
  • Smarter Grid Solutions
  • Sunamp Ltd
  • Switchee Ltd

 

With projects in Tajikistan, Nepal, Lesotho, East Africa, West Africa, India, China and Malaysia, the International finalists are supporting best practice in a number of areas, including sustainable buildings, clean energy for women and girls, innovative finance, clean energy and water, powering business and sustainable travel.

 

The International finalists are:

  • Africa Clean Energy
  • Ampere Vehicles
  • Angaza Design
  • Ecolibirium
  • Empower Generation
  • Futurepump
  • GPS Renewables
  • Haileybury Youth Trust
  • Hangzhou Bicycles
  • Mobisol
  • Pamir Energy
  • PEG Africa
  • SunCulture
  • R Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd

 

Prize money and other benefits: The winners, who will receive a financial award of up to £20,000, will also benefit from national and global exposure, tailored support to help them develop their work even further, access to new networks and, more importantly, joining the community of over 190 Ashden Alumni.

 

Funders: Funders of the 2017 Ashden Awards include Citi, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Grosvenor, the Ikea Foundation, Impax Asset Management, UK aid, and the Waterloo Foundation.

 

Ashden

 

Driven by the belief that sustainable energy is the biggest challenge – and the biggest opportunity – in these times, Ashden is a charity that champions and supports the leaders in sustainable energy to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

 

Envisioning a world where there is sustainable energy for all, Ashden uncovers the best in sustainable energy and shows the world its potential to improve lives, boost economic growth and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

 

Ashden’s work could be outlined as follows:

  • Celebrating success: The Awards uncover and reward sustainable energy pioneers in the UK and developing world, providing them with a global platform to promote their work and to access sustainable energy leaders.
  • Helping winners grow: Working with expert partners, Ashden offers Award winners tailor-made support for their expansion, including mentoring, business and technical guidance and introductions to finance. It also helps broker partnerships between winners.
  • Sharing best practice: In numerous ways the charity helps its Award winners to share their expertise as an encouragement for others to follow. These include its flagship LESS CO2 mentoring programme for UK schools, its support to the Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective, conferences and other events, and its online resources section.
  • Influencing policy: Ashden champions Award winners’ solutions through events, publicity, research and engagement in policy consultations, and it helps them better understand how to influence energy policy.

 

Since 2001, Ashden Awards winners have transformed the lives of more than 79 million people worldwide, through solutions that range from solar lanterns in Africa to low-carbon building innovation in the UK.

 

Note: This post is based on the content on Ashden website, which is also the source of the logo in the graphic above.

 

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https://idls.wordpress.com/about/ (under construction)

 

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

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Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

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Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower graduates to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Nottingham’s Energy Technology Building | Building the way for a low carbon economy https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140830061246-101066234-nottingham-s-energy-technology-building-building-the-way-for-a-low-carbon-economy?trk=mp-reader-card

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment?trk=mp-reader-card

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

 

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Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?

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Public engagement could be an effective way of promoting policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings, said several speakers in the annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) held in London on 8 November 2016.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this annual event focused on research, policy and practice that would help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry, policy and the public.

 

The day’s programme comprised:

  • Welcome by Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University)
  • Keynote: Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN)
  • Session 1: What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  • A poster session (during lunch) on Newcastle University’s sustainability research projects
  • Session 2: Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions
  • Session 3: How to bring research to policy for sustainable development

 

 

Welcome to Sustainable Futures…

 

Welcoming the participants to the dizzy heights of the 32nd floor of the building, Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University), provided an overview of the event, including its aim: To explore ways academic research in sustainability can inform policy and practice for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving forward the 2030 Agenda, and to enhance collaboration between key actors in academia, civil society, industry and policy for achieving the SDGs.

 

He also outlined the work of the university’s Institute of Sustainability (IfS), which connects academia with industry and policymakers in the context of sustainability research.

 

Sustainability is one of the three societal challenge themes that the university is pursuing as part of its overall focus on research excellence with impact and the other two themes are Aging and Social Renewal. The IfS works on three research challenges: Integrated infrastructure systems, Production and resources, and Consumption and waste.

 

These three challenges are underpinned by the concept of Justice and Governance, which sits at the centre of the work of the institute. It is planning to add Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation as an overarching theme next year.

 

The institute’s research addresses the SDGs by developing integrated approaches to energy, food, transport and water infrastructure. Notable among its research highlights is the Science Central and improving the sustainability of utilities in India in collaboration with Enzen Global Ltd.

 

Keynote | Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN) delivered the keynote address on Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are universal and indivisible. They call for action by all countries and all people and active participation of all section of society is needed. Because they are linked to one another, an integrated approach is needed; working in disciplinary silos or cherry-picking would not work.

 

In a way it is a miracle that 193 nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It is not binding but a moral agreement for the 21st century, penned in a common language for all. There is a growing consensus among the UN member states of the urgent need to act on the SDGs.

 

This agenda will pave the way for governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to act to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years for all people. Achieving this agenda will ensure a life of dignity for all and build greater shared prosperity so it is in everyone’s interest.

 

Universities have a key role to play in achieving SDGs. They have a variety of means to contribute to this agenda, such as through a holistic approach to sustainable development research, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), electives for undergraduates, Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), e-discussions and consultations, Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs, and volunteering and internships.

 

Another way to advance this is through the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu), which is an online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development.

 

 

Session 1 | Academic researchers’ role in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Session 1, chaired by Professor Phil Taylor, focused on the role of academic researchers in helping to meet the SDGs and where they should have input into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explored how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development

 

It featured four speakers:

  • Sue Riddlestone OBE (Chief Executive and co-founder, Bioregional)
  • Dr Ruth Fuller (International Development Policy Advisor, WWF-UK)
  • Jenny Saunders OBE (Chief Executive, National Energy Action NEA)
  • Dr Lucilla Spini (Head of Science Programmes, International Council for Science ICSU)

 

The subsequent Q&A panel comprised the four speakers and the keynote speaker.

 

 

Session 2 | Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions

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Session 2, chaired by Dr Sara Walker, was on addressing global sustainability challenges with integrated solutions and it introduced research from Newcastle University researchers.

 

It comprised six presentations:

  • Energy: How do we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector? Prof Phil Taylor (Newcastle University NU) and Dale Geach (Siemens)
  • Climate adaptation in cities: How do we adapt urban populations to climate change?  Dr Alistair Ford (NU), Prof Hayley Fowler (NU) and Andy Mace (ARUP)
  • Sustainable Buildings: How do we make our buildings more sustainable for present and future generations? Dr Sara Walker (NU) and Louisa Bowles (Hawkins\Brown)
  • Air quality & transport: What policies and actions are needed to drastically reduce transport emissions to protect public health? Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU)
  • Food & resources: How do we prevent essential resources in agriculture going to waste? Professor Carlo Leifert (NU) and Dr Wendy Wreiden (NU)
  • Wastewater: How do we make wastewater treatment sustainable? Dr Adam Jarvis (NU)

 

 

Session 3 | Bringing research to policy for the SDGs

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Session 3, chaired by Dr Philip McGowan (Newcastle University NU), explored how to bring research to policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development.

 

The panel comprised Professor Patrick Paul Walsh ((University College Dublin and UN SDSN), Dr Graham Long (NU) Professor Phil Blythe (Department of Transport), Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional), Dr Lucilla Spini (ICSU), Dr Ruth Fuller (WWF), Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU).

 

The following is a selection of highlights based on the panellists’ responses to the questions by the audience.

 

Dr Rajarathnam emphasised the significance of communications and stakeholder engagement in any endeavour of advancing the SDG agenda. Dr Spini said that many academics and researchers who are not directly related to sustainability were already working on areas similar to the SDGs but they were not aware of that. She suggested that sustainability researchers should increase awareness creation on the SDGs. Professor Walsh was of the view that academia should take the lead in taking SDG Science to the private sector, demonstrating businesses its win-win potential to all.

 

Within the broader communication and engagement sphere, engagement of policymakers received special attention. Professor Blythe stated that researchers should understand the context when communicating with policymakers, who are not research experts. He emphasised that they would like to have information that they could easily process. Based on her experience in India, Dr Rajarathnam advised that academics should go to the policymakers with solutions to specific problems instead of mere research results.

 

Echoing the suggestion by Jenny Saunders (NEA) in Session 1, that is, academia could engage civil society as an effective way of influencing policymakers, Dr Spini said that sustainability researchers should raise policymakers’ attention level through public engagement of the SDGs. Professor Walsh said that raising the level of public understanding of the benefits of the SDGs will certainly put huge pressure on politicians to act more intensively to achieve the SDGs.

 

As a solution to the problem that academics and researchers encounter when they present complicated research findings to politicians, Dr Spini believed that they should seek help of a translator or broker to take a simplified message through more effective media such as a film. But she said still the complicated messages should be communicated to film directors, who are again non-specialists in this area. However, she gave an example of such a science ‘translator/broker’ in London – SciDev.Net.

 

Dr Ruth Fuller observed that achieving the SDGs requires extensive behaviour changes among people. Turning to education for sustainability, she revealed that values underpin our behaviour, so shifting the values would be the key to generating pro-sustainability behaviour.

 

Praising the convening power of the IfS, Dr Spini asked the institute to play a leadership role, by rallying round other stakeholders in higher education and beyond around the SDG Agenda.

 

Note: Graphic of SDGs is from un.org website; logo of the IfS is from the Newcastle University website. 

 

 

More…

 

Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/newcastle-conf-sustainable-futures-research-policy-practice-for-sdgs/

 

Conference page http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/conference/ | #NUIfS2016

 

Newcastle University | Institute for Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/ | Twitter @NCLSustainable | email sustainability@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Newcastle Science Central project http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sciencecentral/ | @cesienergy

 

National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cesi/

 

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

 

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) http://www.unsdsn.org/ | @UNSDSN

 

UN Academic Impact (UNAI) https://academicimpact.un.org/

 

Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM

 

Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy https://courses.sdgacademy.org/ | @SDG_Academy

 

Bioregional http://www.bioregional.com/ | @Bioregional @OnePlanetLiving

 

Transform Together http://transform-together.weebly.com/ | @TransformTgther

 

WWF-UK | SDGs http://www.wwf.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/transforming-our-world-through-sustainable-development-goals

 

National Energy Action (NEA) http://www.nea.org.uk/

 

International Council for Science (ICSU) http://www.icsu.org/ | @ICSUnews

 

SciDev.Net http://www.scidev.net/

 

Siemens UK | Sustainability http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/about_us/sustainability-corporate-responsibility.htm

 

ARUP | Environmental Consulting http://www.arup.com/services/environmental_consulting

 

Hawkins\Brown | Social Commitment http://www.hawkinsbrown.com/about-us/social

 

Enzen Global Ltd | Corporate Responsibility http://enzenglobal.co.uk/enzen/corporate-responsibility/

 

 

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#AlienLETTER series:

  1. Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena
  2. Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena
  3. Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/newcastle-professor-says-microgrids-can-light-the-way-for-uks-low-carbon-transition/

 

Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/newcastle-universitys-50-million-living-lab-project-to-develop-the-future-smart-city/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living/

 

re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/recentre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy/

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development/

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uclans-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment/

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing/

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uwes-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future/

 

Essex Sustainability Institute | A platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research with a sustainability focus https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/essex-sustainability-institute-a-platform-for-interdisciplinary-teaching-and-research-with-a-sustainability-focus/

 

Exeter’s ESI | World-class answers to environmental questions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/exeters-esi-world-class-answers-to-environmental-questions/

 

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Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition

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MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition, said Professor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) at a public lecture in London on 20 March 2014.

Hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ covered the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The following is based on his lecture:

UK’s energy sector will face challenging times in the future, in a number of areas including affordability, sustainability, security, decarbonisation of electrical networks, ageing assets and severe weather events. And reinforcing the MacroGrid is not a practical option.

On the other hand, MicroGrids have much potential, including increased resilience, reduced control burden on the MacroGrid, community involvement, reduced reliance on centralised plant and a learn-and-scale-up model. Besides, when a large number of MicroGrids are aggregated together, they would resemble a virtual power station.

Currently, microgrids are mainly operating in a couple of niche areas, such as islands, universities, military and demonstration models. A significant step forward in moving out of these niche areas is breaking their

conventional static boundaries. An emerging solution based on a biologically-inspired novel concept is the autonomic MicroGrid, which has flexible boundaries.

There are technical challenges to overcome but the future for microgrids looks promising and they have the potential to light the way for UK’s low carbon transition.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena; Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 

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Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylorhttp://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

 

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Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/newcastle-universitys-50-million-living-lab-project-to-develop-the-future-smart-city/

CONFERENCE | Evolving Science Communication: 10 years of science communication at UWE https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/conference-evolving-science-communication-10-years-of-science-communication-at-uwe/

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Climate change adaptation is an investment for the future, says Lord Krebs https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/climate-change-adaptation-is-an-investment-for-the-future-says-lord-krebs/

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

‘Climate Change: what sorts of knowledge for what sort of politics?’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/climate-change-what-sorts-of-knowledge-for-what-sort-of-politics/

Nottingham building achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/nottingham-building-achieves-a-breeam-outstanding-rating/

Anglia Ruskin launches Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/anglia-ruskin-launches-global-resource-observatory-gro-project/

 

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Newcastle Sustainability Research Director’s Public Lecture | MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?

SML-MicroGrid-lecProfessor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), will deliver a public lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ on 20 March 2014.

Professor Taylor, who also holds the Chair of Electrical Power Systems in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, researches on the challenges associated with the widespread integration and control of distributed/renewable generation in electrical distribution networks.

In the coming years electrical networks and energy systems in general are likely to face formidable challenges due to a number of factors such as increased challenges to resilience from worsening extreme weather events and increased renewable and distributed generation.

Responses to these challenges are mainly two fold: centralised and decentralised. Centralised approaches involve strengthening the prevailing system of large centralised power stations and distribution and transmission physical assets. They seek economies of scale and involve transporting energy over relatively long distances out to passive consumers using centralised control architectures.

On the other hand, in decentralised approaches, generation and load are more closely located and controlled while consumers engage in demand response and system operation more proactively. Due to its benefits such as better resilience, energy efficiency and power quality, decentralised approach has attracted a growing interest recently.

MicroGrids, which fall under the second category, are sections of distribution network including several micro-generators, distributed energy storage devices and controllable loads. Through intelligent co-ordination of micro-generators, energy storage units coupled with demand side response techniques, micro grids could significantly improve the commercial value and environmental impact of distributed renewable energy sources and could become fundamental to future energy systems.

As energy systems become more complex and the levels of uncertainty increase, autonomic MicroGrids may emerge. With dynamically changing boundaries, they would exhibit self-organising, self-healing and self-managing properties.

This lecture will cover the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The lecture is free and open to all but require advance booking (please see event page below).

Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylor http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

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