International Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) Workshop

Welcome to the Second International Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) Workshop

It is with great pleasure that we announce the second international workshop of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) which takes place on 10th and 11th September 2012 at the University of Sussex.

Please note that the registration for this event is now closed.

Transitions to low carbon energy systems: which pathways to energy access for all?

The aim of this workshop is to identify and discuss priority questions that need to be answered to meet the UN goal of “Sustainable energy for all”. Reflecting on the outcomes and implications of Rio+20, the workshop will have a particular focus on the extent to which low carbon development can simultaneously address concerns around energy access, poverty reduction, human development and economic growth.

As well as planned follow-on workshops around specific themes, intended outcomes include the forging of new south-north partnerships for addressing the research priorities emerging from the conference. For example, in addition to the technical issues of low carbon energy technologies, what are the challenges to achieving energy access for all? What are the links between energy technologies, energy services, development and poverty reduction? What are the implications for energy access of rapid urbanisation and what can we do as researchers, policy makers and practitioners to ensure the provision of sustainable energy for the urban poor? What financing mechanisms work, and what else needs to be done to make finance work for the poor?

Planned sessions include:

  1. The development benefits of low carbon energy access: what is the evidence?
  2. Transformative energy pathways: the political economy of low carbon energy access
  3. Group consultations on the evidence and the challenges
  4. Low carbon energy technology transfer, development and poverty reduction
  5. Financing sustainable energy for all: what works, and what needs to change?
  6. Plenary discussion identifying follow-on workshops, partnerships and research priorities

Hosting a range of invited speakers, the workshop will convene researchers, policy makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to discuss the synergies and trade-offs of the issues mentioned above. It will provide a platform for diverse communities from a range of perspectives including development, innovation, energy and climate change.



Bettina Zenz
Project Coordinator
SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research
Freeman Centre
University of Sussex
Falmer BN1 9QF
T: +44 (0)1273 678166

Dr Rob Byrne
Research Fellow
SPRU (Science & Technology Policy Research) and STEPS Centre
Freeman Centre
University of Sussex
Falmer BN1 9QF
T: +44 (0)1273 873217