SNV to present at the upcoming Vienna Energy Forum

Reaching last mile markets with decentralised renewable energy

Considered one of Europe's leading forums for sustainable energy, SNV and partners have co-organised two side events at The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) which will be taking place from 5-7 July.

Focusing on the theme of the Productive Use of Energy (PUE), SNV and partners have organised the following sessions:

Sustainable Energy for Smallholder Farmers – Ethiopia, Kenya & Uganda

Date: 06 July | VEF side event | Time: 11:00-12:00 I More info

Join EnDev and partners for the launch of the IKEA Foundation co-financed Project - Sustainable Energy for Smallholder Farmers.

The project is a regional scheme that aims to improve access to solar energy solutions for smallholder farmers mainly in the horticulture and dairy value chains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

This is achieved by using a market-based approach and by focusing on piloting scalable, innovative productive use of energy business cases for smallholder farmers and related local businesses along agricultural value chains.

Practitioners from the partner organisations will present results from nascent markets for solar irrigation, solar cooling and the energy hub from the three focus countries. They will also explore how these initiatives can improve incomes and livelihoods in horticultural and dairy value chains. This event will be moderated by Martijn Veen, Global Head of Energy, SNV. Confirmed panellists are :

  • Jolanda van Ginkel, Programme Manager, Renewable Energy, IKEA Foundation

  • Samson Tolessa, Energising Development (EnDev) Ethiopia

  • Denis Karema, CEO, SokoFresh

  • Vincent Sseremba, Country Director, Tulima Solar

Organised jointly by  EnDev and IKEA Foundation

Supporting Scalable Food-system Business Cases Off-Grid

Date: 07 July | Hopin platform | Time: 13:30 - 14:30 I More info

Productive Use of Energy (PUE) can have a transformative impact on rural communities. However, there are still barriers that prevent this promising concept from reaching scale. Some of those barriers are limited supply of appropriate products, limited development of viable business cases and a lack of cross-disciplinary expertise and coordination.

SNV and other implementers in the EnDev Learning & Innovation Agenda have analysed innovative approaches, trends, and learnings connected to PUE approaches.

During this session, the panel will share and exchange recent learnings and innovations from the EnDev Learning & Innovation Agenda on productive use of energy in agriculture value chains by presenting several practical case studies. The moderator for this session is Barbara Richard, Team Leader Key Accounts, Modalities, Monitoring, Energising Development (EnDev), GIZ. Confirmed panellists are:

  • Rianne Teule, Senior Energy Advisor, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

  • Mattia Vianello, Head of Energy, Practical Action

  • Jacob Etunganan, Energy and Agriculture Advisor, SNV Uganda and Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT)

  • Abdoul-Karim Dosso, Senegal Country Director, Energy 4 Impact

Organised by SNV on behalf of EnDev

About the VEF

The VEF is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum to explore developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The Forum introduces a platform for policy- and decision-makers from all sectors of society to conceive practical solutions to sustainability issues.

Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, VEF has assembled thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges and pave the way for tangible partnerships on the ground.

To learn more, visit the VEF website.