Energy Technology Forum at the World Bank


15 Companies from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Canada had the opportunity to present current technologies, innovations and projects in renewable energy on March 4th at the World Bank. The Energy Technology Forum was developed as a service to project managers at the Bank. Five industry panels presented on themes ranging from: conventional energy sources as bridge technology, wind, hydroelectric, photovoltaic, biomass and smart grid.

Vijay Iyer, Director of the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy Department moderated the day-long conference. He indicated that the World Bank and the private sector must work together to find solutions. The Energy Technology Forum is the suitable platform to intensify the dialogue. Energy policy is a central focus in development cooperation. All other themes like health, education, and the economy are dependent on energy. Iyer was keen to keep the momentum created by this network between the Bank and industry moving forward.

The forum coincided with the Sustainable Development Network Week (SDN-Week) as a one day advanced training course for Bank employees. It was developed in cooperation with the embassies of Austria, Denmark, Canada, as well as the Representative of German Industry and Trade. The conference drew over 150 participants. Additional information can be found here.