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Pan-European Sustainable Energy Seminar 2003 Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 by
INFORSE-Europe and Center for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales, UK

In 2003, the Seminar for NGOs working on sustainable energy in Europe was held at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales, UK.


The Seminar featured:
• Highlights of modern sustainable energy solutions;
• EU policy for sustainable energy and energy market developments;
• European East-West Cooperation for sustainable energy, including targets for renewable energy and phase-out of environmental harmful energy subsidies;
• North-South Cooperation on Sustainable Energy;
• Visit to a number of projects practicing sustainable development in Wales, and to a few historical sites.
• INFORSE-Europe Meeting and discussions of priorities and future activities for NGO cooperation.

Participants at solar PV installations at CAT:.

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(Many of the power point presentations are possible to download in pdf files.. More files comes soon)

The pictures of the Lecturers can be seen at their names

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
14.00 Lunch
15.00 Guided tour of CAT, Introduction to CAT and to Sustainable Development in Wales
The Center's 40 acre site has working examples of wind, water and solar power, energy conservation, environmentally sound buildings, self build, organic growing and alternative sewage systems. See CAT at
By Peter Harper, CAT
18.00 Dinner
19.00 Introduction of INFORSE, Participants and of Programme
By Gunnar Olesen INFORSE-Europe/OVE Denmark (intro pdf 25 kB), Joan Randle CAT, UK.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003
8.00 Breakfast

Highlights of Sustainable Energy Solutions:
- Windpower, Will the Success Continue, and Where? Future of Technologies
By Gunnar Olesen, the author of "Wind Power for Western Europe, An INFORSE Proposal for 2000-2020", and by Alison Hill repr. of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) (Wind BWEA pdf file 459 kB)
- Passive Energy & Low Energy Buildings, the Future ?
By Cindy Harris, expert from CAT (Low Energy Building CAT pdf file 1.4 MB)
10.30 Tea break
- Status of Renewable and Conservation Technologies
World, European and UK Experience

By Rob Gwillem, expert from CAT (RE Status CAT pdf file 2.6 MB)
- Energy Efficiency in the Home – Stimulating Action
by Becci Johnson, Mid & South West Wales Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EE in Homes pdf file 142 kB)
- Electricity Efficiency, Will Technologies Drive the Development?
By Pete West, West Wales ECO-Center (EE Technologies Drive pdf file 1.0 MB)

13.00 Lunch

- Working Groups: Exchange of experiences, technologies for the coming 5-10 years in different countries, roles of NGOs in the developments.
(Tea break included)
18.00 Dinner

- Vision 2050, a Practical Vision for Sustainable Development in Energy Developed by INFORSE
By Gunnar Boye Olesen, Ion Zamfir (Earth Friends, Galaci, Romania), Andrei Konechenkov, Renewable Energy Agency NGO, Ukraine (Vision-2050 Ukraine, pdf file 2.6 MB)

Thursday, October 2, 2003
8.00 Breakfast
EU Policies for Sustainable Energy:
- RE Directives: for Electricity
By Antony Froggatt (EU RE Directive pdf file 30 kB)
- RE Directives for Transport: Biofuels
By Gunnar Boye Olesen (EU Biofuel pdf file 106 kB)
- Intelligent Energy & EU's Promotion of Sustainable Energy
By Pete West, West Wales ECO-Center, UK & Gunnar Boye Olesen
- Emissions Trading
By Matthis Duwe, Climate Action Network - Europe (Emission Trading pdf file 161 kB)
11.00 Tea break

- European Nuclear Legislation, Policies
By Antony Froggatt (Nuclear pdf file 67 kB)
- East – West Cooperation for Sustainable Energy
By Gunnar Boye Olesen and Andrei Konechenkov, Renewable Energy Agency NGO, Ukraine (East-West Cooperation pdf file 1.7 MB)

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Structural funds for Accession Countries, the New Opportunity, or New Catastrophe for Sustainable Energy
By Pete West, West Wales Ecocemtre, UK and material from Emil Bedi, FAE, Slovakia

15.30 Tea break
16.00 – 18.30
Open & Competitive Energy Markets:
- New EU Regulation, By Antony Froggatt, UK (Energy Market pdf file 202 kB)
Roundtable discussion on Central European Experience

19.00 Dinner

Friday, October 3, 2003
8.00 Breakfast
Sustainable Development in Practice
– Visit to Ecodyfi Valley and the Dulas buildings.

In the afternoon meeting, there was a presentation on the Sustainable Communities Project Concept in the Central & Eastern European Countries by European Renewable Energy Council. (EREC).

Saturday, October 4, 2003
8.00 Breakfast
Global Cooperation on Sustainable Energy
- Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, UK-based)
- Coalition of the Willing, renewable energy target setting, international sustainable energy institution, renewable energy conference in Bonn, June 2004

- EU Energy Initiative, Energy Partnership for Poverty Alleviation
By Gunnar Boye Olesen (EU Energy Initiative pdf file 160 kB)

11.00 Tea break
NGO Cooperation and Funding
Present Structures of International NGO Cooperation and Funding:
- Examples of present international NGO cooperation, structures and money flows
- Possibilities and constraints for future NGO cooperation for sustainable energy:
Will the funding find the good activities or should NGOs find the funds?
- Funding Opportunities: EU funding, national funding for international activities,
private donations, distributing materials, emission trading, etc.
By Judit Szoleczky, INFORSE-Europe/OVE

13.00 Lunch

INFORSE-Europe Meeting
Chair: Phil Horton, CAT
- Discussion of Activities 2002-2003, presentation by Gunnar Boye Olesen and Emil Bedi.
- Presentation of Plans for 2004, presentation by Gunnar Olesen and Emil Bedi
15.30 Discussion in Issue Groups of Future Activities, Priorities & NGO Cooperation. Tea.
16.30 Reports from groups, adoption of Ation Plan and work programme for 2004.
Phil Horton, Gunnar Olesen, Emil Bedi
18.00 Closing of Meeting and Seminar
19.00 Dinner

Sunday, October 5, 2003
8.00 Breakfast
Departure during the day.

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