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.

All the presentations from the sessions can be viewed here or downloaded here.

 

AGENDA

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]

The Post 2015 Development Agenda and Energy [ppt] [watch]
- Ms. Karin Fernando, Centre for Poverty Analysis

Overview of the Global Energy Scenario [ppt] [watch]
- Dr. Anil Cabraal, Former Energy Specialist, World Bank

Towards Sustainable Energy in the Power Sector [ppt] [watch]
- Mr. Asoka Abeygunawardana, Energy Forum

Sustainable Energy Options for the Transport Sector [ppt] [watch]
- Dr. T. L. Gunaruwan, University of Colombo 

Session 2: Panel Discussion Implementing Sustainable Energy measures in Sri Lanka

Opening remarks - Mr. Damitha Kumarasinghe - Director General, PUCSL

Demand Side Management [ppt] [watch]
- Mr. Ranjith Pathmasiri, Deputy Director General, SLSEA

Role of the State Institutions in Promoting Renewable Energy [ppt] [watch]
- Mr. Noel Priyantha, Chief Engineer (Energy Purchase) CEB

Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Renewable Energy [ppt] [watch]
- Mr. Manjula Perera, Director, Windforce

Potential for Biomass Energy in Sri Lanka [ppt] [watch]
- Mr. Parakrama Jayasinghe, Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka

Transport sector sustainable energy options [ppt] [watch]
- Dr. D.S. Jayaweera, Director General Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Message of Hon. Susil Prema Jayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy [watch]
- Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority

Role of Research and Development in the Renewable Energy Sector
- Hon. Patali Champika Ranawake, Minister of Technology and Research

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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