Charging Ahead: Scaling Up Renewable Energy in the Developing World

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Join the Woodrow Wilson Center for a day-long exploration of the innovative tools being harnessed by the public and private sectors to scale up renewable energy in the developing world. Speakers will also explore how renewable energy will help countries meet the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and support their climate change commitments.

Two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions come from energy use and production. The International Energy Agency is calling for pledges at the Paris climate talks to cut these emissions, “while yet sustaining the growth of the world economy, boosting energy security around the world, and bringing modern energy to the billions who lack it today.” In 2014, for the first time in 40 years, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stayed steady while the world economy grew by around three percent.

But can we bring renewable energy to scale in the developing world? What are the obstacles preventing its rollout and the key building blocks for expansion? What are the potential benefits to economic development, poverty alleviation, energy security, and health from scaling up renewable energy use? What are the potential unintended consequences we must avoid?

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Washington DC 20004-3027

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