Developing Sustainable Energy Goals in Sri Lanka
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2015 is drawing near and with it the expiry of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals targeted at alleviating poverty. This has led to focus on the post-2015 development agenda and framework. Global debates are underway on what the goals for the next 15 years should look like. These discussions have also raised a degree of scepticism about the extent to which the current economic growth-centred development models address the alleviation of extreme poverty.
Energy has been acknowledged as a key issue in the post 2015 development agenda and there is an effort to include sustainable development into the global discussions. The proposed targets of the UN-lead process, aims to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency, improve access to energy, and increase the use of renewable energy.
CEPA together with the Energy Forum co‐hosted a workshop on the 20th of February 2014, with the following aims:
• Generate a discussion on the imperatives of sustainable energy for Sri Lanka
• Synthesize key issues related to putting in place sustainable energy goals for the power sector
• Create a network that will push for a sustainable energy policy and practice in Sri Lanka
The sessions provided an overview of the energy sector, and concentrated on one of the main issues: power generation. The workshop brought together key professionals from different sectors – government, private sectors, academics and civil society who have an interest and knowledge on the topic to share their ideas and opinions.
Inaugural Session: Imperatives for a sustainable energy
This session aims to provide an overview of some of the global discussions and issues related to energy and proposals for sustainable energy
Welcome and opening remarks - by Mr. P. G. Joseph- Convener, Energy Forum
Opening remarks - Ms. Priyanthi Fernando, Executive Director, CEPA [watch]
Session 2: Panel Discussion Implementing Sustainable Energy measures in Sri Lanka
Opening remarks - Mr. Damitha Kumarasinghe - Director General, PUCSL
Message of Hon. Susil Prema Jayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy [watch]
Role of Research and Development in the Renewable Energy Sector
Session 3: Discussions on follow up activities
In this session participants will discuss what measures are most vital and what steps can be taken to push for sustainable energy solutions
Moderated by: Dr. Vishaka Hidellage - Janathakshan
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