Seventh Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-7)
“Energy Efficiency for Developing Countries”
21-23 November 2007 | Vienna, Austria

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26 November 2007
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The Seventh Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-7) was held from 21-23 November 2007 at the Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria. The meeting convened under the theme “Energy Efficiency for Developing Countries - Strong Policies and New Technologies,” and considered policies, case studies, and initiatives related to improving and promoting energy efficiency in developing countries, as well as opportunities, barriers, and the way forward.

GFSE-7 was organized by the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy in collaboration with the Austrian Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Austrian Energy Agency and the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

The meeting brought together representatives from governments, agencies, UN bodies and international organizations, academia, business and industry, civil society and financing institutions. Participants met in eight expert panel sessions to hear presentations and engage in discussions on a variety of relevant topics, including scenarios for developing countries, energy efficiency and industrial development, carbon finance, investing in energy efficiency, and connections to poverty reduction in urban and rural areas.

Participants attending GFSE-7 also watched video presentations showcasing energy efficiency success stories in developing countries, and visited Schwechat Brewery for a practical demonstration of energy efficiency in production processes.

Keynote addresses were delivered by L-R: Johannes Kyrle, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs; Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources, Lesotho; Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs; Kandeh Yumkella, Director General, UNIDO; Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer, Austrian Development Agency (ADA); and Elfriede Anna More, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.
Delegates took part in expert discussion panels on energy policies and initiatives to help developing countries to improve their energy efficiency, security and sustainability.
Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO, said current steep global energy prices could greatly compromise developing countries' efforts to achieve poverty reduction.
Speakers highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of improving energy efficiency, such as lowering CO2 emissions.
Albrecht Reuter, IRM Consulting and Services, facilitated the panel session on investing in energy efficiency.
Daniel Puig, UNEP, spoke on the UNEP/BASE Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI).
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