Off-Grid: Pioneering 100% Renewables: Opportunities and Challenges of Off-Grid in Island and Remote Environments

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Time
04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Hall
ICM München
Room
Room 14 C

Small islands and remote areas contend with heightened costs in energy and its access, water, and waste, exacerbated by climate change. Scaling renewables, creating decentralized smart grids, and integrating storage solutions emerge as pivotal strategies to bolster resilience and spur socio-economic development. Islands and remote areas, serving as testbeds, exemplify the feasibility of decarbonization. This panel discussion provides a platform to delve into these specific insights from islands and remote areas, shedding light on the transformative role of renewables in empowering communities, accelerating transitions, and serving as models for sustainable development.

04:00 pm - 04:05 pmWelcome & Introduction

David Wedepohl

Managing Director International Affairs

BSW - German Solar Association

04:05 pm - 04:20 pm"Setting the Scene' From the Greening the Islands Initiative

Gianni Chianetta

Chair

Greening the Islands Foundation

04:20 pm - 05:05 pmPanel Discussion

Daniela Krahl

Senior Policy Officer

BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Michael Schmidt

Deputy Head

UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office Germany

05:05 pm - 05:25 pmQ&A

05:25 pm - 05:30 pmNext Day's Outlook

Lea Dunst

International Project Manager

BSW - German Solar Association

Speakers
Speaker
David Wedepohl, BSW - German Solar Association

Managing Director International Affairs

Germany

David Wedepohl, Managing Director International Affairs David Wedepohl is a radio journalist by training who studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience included working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a senior press and public diplomacy officer. He first came in touch with the solar industry while working for an American consulting company before taking up his job as director communications and markets at the German Solar Association, also serving as the organization's spokesperson. He now holds the position of managing director international affairs and is responsible for the association's international activities.

Speaker
Lea Dunst, BSW - German Solar Association

International Project Manager

Germany

Lea Dunst is a political scientist (Freiburg / Aix-en-Provence) with a focus on climate change and international relations. Since 2015, she has worked in various NGOs, international organizations and consultancies. Most recently, she supervised several consulting projects at adelphi in the field of climate adaptation within development cooperation, including in Tunisia. Lea Dunst has undergone further training in numerous areas and is, among other things, a certified mediator. She has been working for BSW Solar since January 2022 and is responsible for international association partnerships, the preparation of studies and is involved in the organization of various conference formats, including the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) and the Women Energize Women (WEW) conference.

Speaker
Michael Schmidt, UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office Germany

Deputy Head

Germany

Michael Schmidt is Deputy Head of the UNIDO Investment Technology Promotion Office Germany. Working for the specialized agency of the UN for Industrial Development (UNIDO), he promotes industrial cooperation, investment and technology transfer between Germany and emerging markets and developing economies, and especially African markets. A major focus area of his work relates to innovative energy solutions, energy efficiency and decarbonization of industrial processes in these markets. Before joining UNIDO in 2018, he worked as managing director for the Germany Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) in South Eastern Europa, build up his own consultancy business with focus on Eastern Europe and China, and represented Chinese real estate and industrial company CFLD in Europe.

Speaker
Gianni Chianetta, Greening the Islands Foundation

Chair

Italy

Gianni Chianetta is Founder & Chair at Greening the Islands Foundation, Founder and CEO at The Green Consulting Group, member of the Steering Committee of the of the Global Renewable Alliance and of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, Chairman of Worldwide Carbon Price and member of the Advisory Board at REN21. He has been working in the area of energy since 2003. He has been, Head of Comms & External Affairs at BP Italy, Managing Director at BP Solar Italy, Founder and Chairman of the first Italian Solar PV Industry Association for three consecutive terms when he negotiated the five Photovoltaic Energy Incentive Decrees (feed in-tariff) with the Italian Government, that has brought the installed capacity from about 35 MWp to more than 20 GWp. He also chaired the National Committee for Solar Energy of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, was member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Action of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and member of the Strategy Committee of Solar Power Europe. Mr Chianetta founded the Global Network of National PV Associations in 2007, which has been the basis for the Global Solar Council being elected Co-Chairman and Chairman before taking on the role of CEO. He has a degree in Mechanical & Management Engineering and masters/seminars at: Middlesex University (London; Kellogg School of Management (Chicago); SDA Bocconi Milano (Milan); Istituto de Empresa (Madrid).

Speaker
Daniela Krahl, BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Senior Policy Officer

Germany

Daniela Krahl holds a position as Senior Policy Officer in unit Energy, Urban Development, Mobility at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She is focussing on access to energy and the expansion of renewable (decentralized) energy in developing countries. Especially the enabling environment for private sector mobilization is a recent working field. She has worked in different division in BMZ since 2007 such as for water & sanitation and for good governance.

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