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Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) -
“Energy between Danube and Caucasus”
The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a Key Issue for Economic Development

28-29 April 2011 | Vienna, Austria

Highlights for Friday, 29 April 2011
GFSE
The Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) was held from 28-29 April 2011 at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, Austria, addressing the theme “Energy between Danube and Caucasus - The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a key issue for economic development.” An estimated 200 participants from more than 25 countries representing government agencies, international institutions, business and industry, academia and non-governmental organizations attended the meeting.

The overall objective of the regional meeting of GFSE was to enable a dialogue on identifying potentials and addressing barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in these regions, examining policy and institutional frameworks as well as financial mechanisms, and exchanging experiences and best practices. Special attention was given to regional approaches, cooperation initiatives and involvement of investors.

The meeting consisted of four plenary sessions, two panel sessions and four parallel sessions, and it was concluded on 29 April with an excursion to ENERGYbase, a near zero energy house, and the Austrian Institute of Technology.
RRI
L-R: Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, GFSE Convenor; Günter Pauritsch, Austrian Energy Agency; Konstantin Dimitrov, Macedonia; Elena Rybak, Ukraine; and Dejan Stojadinovic, Serbia; and Elfriede-Anna More, GFSE Vice-President.
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Panelists during the parallel session on streamlining project development in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Panelists during the parallel session on enabling investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Panelists during the plenary session on financing energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. L-R: Andrea Hagmann, Austrian Development Bank; Peter Johansen, World Bank; Reinhard Hönig, Investkredit; Alexandra Amerstorfer, Kommunalkredit Public Consulting; and Sebastian von Wolff, Green for Growth Fund.
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