Potentials of Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development

Event Type
JRF vor Ort

Bonn, 15.11.2017


Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Johannes Rau Society (JRF), German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI)

Increasing the share of renewable resources is one of the main strategies towards sustainable development. Yet, to ensure a successful energy transition towards sustainable development, energy planning ought to include and engage the various stakeholders.

People-centric and participatory approaches can be key to advancing sustainable development energy policies, rally public support around them and avoid conflicts. These approaches allow advancing the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 of ensuring access to affordable and clean energy in parallel to SDG 16 of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.

This side event explored different ways in which these approaches can be used to conduct research to support policy advice to energy planners drawing on examples from research projects recently carried out in the Middle East North Africa Region, mainly from the project MENA Sustainable Electricity Trajectories (MENA SELECT).

The event was an official side event as a part of the 2017 Interconnections Zone during COP 23 at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).


  • Dieter Bathen, Chairman of the Johannes Rau Society (JRF)


Participatory approaches to energy planning in developing and transition countries: Balancing local impact sensitivity with national development goals

  • Shahrazad Far, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Shaping sustainable energy pathways in the MENA region: Consideration of stakeholder priorities by means of multi-criteria assessment

  • Ole Soukup, Wuppertal Institute

Renewables and Climate Change: The Case of Jordan

  • Rafat Assi, Royal Scientific Society (RSS)

Additional panelist:

  • Safa’ Al Jayoussi, IndyACT / Climate & Energy Campaign

Discussion with the audience

  • Tilman Altenburg, Department ”Sustainable Economic and Social Development“, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

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Event information

Date / h
15.11.2017 / 16:00 - 18:00


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6
53113 Bonn