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Technology transfer a "critical issue" - says deputy director general of the renewable energy and energy efficiency partnership

Binu Parthan, deputy director general of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) - a speaker at the upcoming World Future Energy Summit - has highlighted technology transfer as a key issue critical to advancing sustainable energy.

The statement comes in the wake of the recent World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change in which the World Bank suggests that developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty.

However, the report also states that this depends on high-income countries providing financial and technical assistance.This was highlighted by a recent EU summit, which has called for the establishment of a £90 billion a year fund to help the world's poorest nations develop new energy technologies.

Parthan said, “technology transfer is a critical issue to advancing sustainable energy. More importantly, a large share of developing countries lack adequate national technology innovation and technology absorption capacity. Technology transfer without national or regional capacity will not result in advancing sustainable energy.”

He said, “there is also the question of financing technology transfer. With the UN Climate Change discussions and the World Future Energy Summit approaching we hope to have some solid outcomes on these issues.”

World Future Energy Summit organisers recently released the four-day conference programme for the third edition of the World Future Energy Summit. Six plenary forums will address the most urgent questions on world energy policy and achieving a viable future for the renewable energy industry.

Key topics on the agenda will include discussions of the key outcomes and implications of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

Break-out sessions during the forum will investigate the specific policies and investments necessary to deliver on the world’s climate change obligations in greater depth.

Commenting on the likely focus of the debate in Copenhagen and at WFES 2010, Richard Jones of the International Energy Agency said: “To meet growing global energy demand, we need to make sure that we have adequate and sustainable energy supplies. We will need all sources, but our big challenge will be minimising the environmental impact from their production and use. Development and deployment of low carbon technologies will be central to this effort.”


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