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INFORSE Global Cooperation - Webinars - Training Material on Local Sustainable Solutions

INFORSE Synergies Across Continents - Global Cooperation Project in 2022-2023

In the framework of the project we organise a series of webinars and develop training material on Local, Sustainable Energy Solutions that are important for a transition to sustainable energy as well as for the development and poverty reduction.

Publication on Local Sustainable Solutions for Climate Action INFORSE SynergiesLaunch, 30/8 2023

Local Solutions Proposed for Climate Action & Development and Policies to Promote & Scale-up Local Sustainable Energy Solutions
Developed by INFORSE Coordinators in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Europe


In English:

Publication: 95 pp., 7.9 MB English pdf


Spanish version of Publication on Local Sustainable Energy Solutions and Politics In Spanish: Soluciones Locales Propuestas Para La acción Climática y el Desarrollo y Políticas Para Promover y Ampliar las Soluciones Locales de Energía Sostenible. Download: Publication: 95 pp., 7.3 MB Spanish pdf

French version of Publication on Local Sustainable Energy Solutions and Politics In French: Solutions locales proposées pour l'action climatique et le développement Et Politiques visant à promouvoir et à développer les solutions locales en matière d'énergie durable. Download: Publication: 144 pp., 7.3 MB, French pdf

Potuguese version of Publication on Local Sustainable Energy Solutions and Politics In Portuguese: Soluções locais propostas para ação e desenvolvimento climático e Políticas para promover e ampliar soluções locais de energia sustentável. Download: Publication: 95 pp., 7.3 MB Portuguese pdf

Main activities in the Synergies Project:

Publication on local, sustainable energy solutions and policies to promote them
(now online) Download:
Publication pdf, 95 pages, English. See in other langugages above.

Publication on advocacy for local solutions (available for INFORSE members)

Assistance and policy briefs for members' advocacy for local solutions.
See policy briefs online: -
Solar Dryer - India (pdf, 2 pages)
and - Clean cooking - Bangladesh (pdf, 2 pages)

Identify, Describe Local Sustainable Energy Solutions, and policies supporting them

To solve the climate crisis, while supporting sustainable development and poverty reduction, we need a people-centred approach as well as sustainable solutions on a human scale. We need more local, affordable energy and climate solutions. Some countries already have local solutions in their climate plans and in their NDCs, but too many other countries still assign low priorities to these local solutions. In all countries, implementation of local solutions is an issue. INFORSE is tackling such obstacles, in part, through its programs of training in advocacy for local solutions. Particularly for South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the INFORSE Coordinators have developed educational materials and are training INFORSE members We have identified 12 important local solutions that should be part of climate and development plans, especially in the world regions in focus.

The 12 Important Local Climate- and Energy Solutions:
1. Improved cookstoves, to reduce biomass overconsumption and to make cooking cleaner for the hundreds of millions who still rely on traditional biomass use and who cannot afford expensive alternatives.
2. High-efficiency improved cookstoves. Next generation of cookstoves with over 50% efficiency.
3. Biogas, household scale. Clean alternative to traditional energy sources, for families with animals.
4. High-efficiency electric (e) pressure cookers, replace, with very little electricity use, charcoal and other cooking fuels, where electricity is available.
5. Efficient charcoal making, avoiding the huge energy waste of traditional charcoal production, particularly in Africa.
6. Briquettes from biomass/agri-waste and from charcoal dust, reducing unsustainable biomass use through more sustainable alternatives.
7. Solar home systems, to provide electricity for millions who still lack it.
8. Mini-grids, to provide electricity for all purposes in villages and towns outside electric grids or with weak electricity connections.
9. Increasing the efficiency of light- and power use, to reduce the consumption of electricity without reducing its benefits; optimization measures can lower power demand by 30%-80%..
10. Electric two-wheelers to replace the millions of fossil-fueled scooters that are driving up fossil-fuel demands and costs in many developing countries.
11. Electric three-wheelers, to replace fossil-fuel driven “tuk-tuk”s and other small vehicles for local transport.
12. Solar dryers, to preserve food and to replacing fossil-fuel and electric drying.

Series of webinars organised by the INFORSE Regional Coordinators involving INFORSE members and development of training material:

• 1. Rregional Webinars:
Local sustainable energy solutions in each region.
Dates: May 17, 18, 25, and 27, 2022.

• 2. webinar
: Global Exchange about the Local Solutions.
Date: May 30, 2022.

• 3. webinar: Benefits and Promotion Policies of Local Sustainable Energy Solutions
Date: August 23, 2022.

• 4. webinar: Advocacy for inclusion of local, sustainable energy solutions in national plans, regional webinars.
Dates: October 11, 2022 (S.Asia); October 18, 2022 (E.Africa), September 27, 2022 (W. Africa), November 3, 2022 (L.America)

Between the 4. webinar and the 5. webinar members prepared plans for advocacy for local, sustainable energy in their country.

• 5. Webinar
: present and discuss the members' proposals, regional webinars,
Dates: January, 2023 (EA). March 20, 2023 (SA) April 28, 2023 (LA)..

The webinars are intended to be organised to INFORSE members and their members. If you organisation is interested to be member or you have quetion, please let us know. We are looking forward meeting you on one of the webinars.

INFORSE regional coordinators in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, Latin America.

Please contact us:
• Gunnar Boye Olesen, Judit Szoleczky, INFORSE Secretariat, E:
• Mary Swai - INFORSE East Africa - TaTEDO, Tanzania,
• Raymond Myles, Sanjiv Kumar Nathan, INFORSE-South Asia, INSEDA, India, E:
• Roque Pedace, Emilio Lebre la Rovere - INFORSE Latin America, E:, E:
• Secou Sarr, Djimingue Nanasta, - INFORSE West Africa, ENDA, E: and E:
• INFORSE Secreraiat - International Network for Sustainable Energy. E:

The project is organised by INFORSE Coordinators in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Coordinated by DIB and INFORSE Secretariat, The Activities are supported by CISU - Civil Society in Development, Denmark.

Event: UNFCCC SB60 INFORSE Side Event on Sufficiency June 8 2024 Bonn
Decarbonisation through sufficiency lifestyle: How much? How to support? 100% renewables.
Event: Webinar: Eco-Village Development in South Asia - Our Results - 18 Dec 2023
Eco-Village Development in South Asia - Our Results
Date: Monday, 18 December 2023 13.30 - 15.00 India and Sril Lanka standard time, 13.45-15.15 Nepal time, 14.00-15.30
Event: UNFCCC COP28 Side Event: Sustainable Lifestyle Sufficiency - Dec 9 2023
Title: Sustainable lifestyles, Sufficiency Supporting Just Climate Action, Stronger NDCs
Date: Sat. 9 December 2023, Time: 15:00-16:30 Dubai, UAE
Venue: Section B6. Room: SE Room 7, B #85 & ONLINE
Event: UNFCCC COP28 INFORSE Side Event: Local Solutions, 100RE - Dec 8 2023
Fri. 8 Dec.2023, 11:30-13:00, Dubai, UAE, B6, SE Room 1, & ONLINE
Title: 100% Renewable & Local Solutions: Africa, South Asia & Local Climate Resilience and Poverty Reduction
Event: LAUNCH: Uganda 100% Renewable Energy Scenario & Plan by 2050 - 9 Feb. 2023
Formal presentation of the 100% Renewable Energy Scenario and Plan for Uganda to different stakeholders in Uganda ahead of 2030/2050.
Event: UNFCCC COP27 INFORSE Side Event & Exhibition: 12 Nov. 2022
SIDE EVENT Organised by INFORSE - INSEDA - SusWatch - SE
Nov 12, 2022 - 15:00-16:30 Venue: Memphis (Blue Zone)
Title: Local Climate – Sustainable Energy Solutions in GST, Why, How and from Where
EXHIBITION: 7-12 November 2022 Booth 19.
Event: Webinar DIALOGUE on Eco-Village Development Achievements in South Asia
Date: 17th October 2022
Time: 14.00 in India & Sri Lanka; 14.30 in Bangladesh; 14.15 Nepal
Location: Online
Event: Webinar Launch of South Asia Database of Local Climate Solutions for Eco-Village Development
Date: 31th August 2022
Time: 14.00 in India & Sri Lanka; 14.30 in Bangladesh; 14.15 Nepal
Location: Online
Project: INFORSE Synergies Across Continents Global Cooperation Project 2022-23
INFORSE coordinators organise a series of webinars and training material on local, sustainable energy solutions that are important for a transition to sustainable energy as well as for the development and poverty reduction.
Event: UNFCCC COP26 INFORSE Side Event & Exhibition: Nov 5 2021
SIDE EVENT: - Organised by INFORSE - INSEDA - SusWatch - SE
November 5, 2021 - Time: 11:30-12:45 GMT
Venue: Loch Lomond Auditorium
Title: Local Climate Solutions & Eco-Village Development, 100% RE in NDCs, East Africa, South Asia, Europe
Event: INFORSE-Europe Seminar - August 17-21, 2021
INFORSE-Europe Sustainable Energy NGO Seminar
at Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark
Event: UN HLPF2021 INFORSE Side Event at 13 July, 2021, New York time (Virtual)
Title: Local Climate Solutions for a Sustainable & Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic in East Africa, and South Asia; Women’s Role; 100 % Renewables as driver for climate mitigation from Denmark to Kenya and Globally.
Event: UN DIALOGUE ON ENERGY Ministerial Thematic Forums: INFORSE Side Event, 22 June 2021 (virtual)
INFORSE Side Event at UN HLDE - High Level Dialogue on Energy. Date: 22 June, 2021. New York time, VIRTUAL Title: Local Solutions, Eco-Village Development, 100% Renewables, E-2/3 wheelers; South Asia & East Africa
Event: UNCD2020 INFORSE Side Event Local Climate Solutions - 26.11.2020 (virtual)
Title: Local Climate & Sustainable Energy Solutions in East Africa Catalogue, South Asia Eco Village Development ToT, 100% Renewables
Event: UN HLPF2020 INFORSE side event 15 July 2020 New York (virtual)
Local Climate & Sustainable Energy Solutions, South Asia, East Africa, Eco-Village Development, 100% Renewables
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP25 Madrid, Spain Side Event & Exhibition Dec. 2019
Side Event: December 13, 2019 13.15-14.45 Room: 6
Exhibition: December 9-10, 2019
Project: EASE-CA East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action 2019-23
East Africa NGO Cooperation of four national NGO organizations of INFORSE-East Africa. Partners are: SusWatch Kenya, UCSD & JEEP in Uganda, TaTEDO in Tanzania, INFORSE-East Africa c/o TaTEDO, INFORSE and NFRE in Denmark.
Project: EVD - Eco-village Development in South-Asia, 2015-18-23
NGO Cooperation project on Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development climate change, protect environment and reduce poverty.
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP24 Katowice, Poland - Side Event & Exhibition Dec. 2018
- Side Event: Dec. 7, 2018, 15.00-16.30 Room: Warmia
- Exhibition: December 3-14, 2018
Event: UNFCCC SB48 INFORSE Side Event & Exhibition: May 1 2018
INFORSE - SUSWATCH - INSEDA - Date: May 1, 2018
Time: 16:45 - 18:15. Room: Berlin
Title: Local Actions for Poverty Reduction & Village Development in NDCs & Paris Agreement Work Programme - East Africa and South Asia
Event: UNFCCC COP23 INFORSE Side Event and Exhibition November 9, 2017
Title: Proposing stronger NDCs, LEDS & Paris Rulebook for Poverty Reduction and Local Village Development
See Proceedings at
Event: Euroean NGO Seminar 25 yr Networking at Folkecenter in Denmark - August 21-24, 2017
NFORSE-Europe organizing a one-week European NGO Seminar at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark on August 21-24, 2017.
INFORSE was formed in Rio at the NGO Global Forum parallel to the "Earth Summit" UNCED Conference 25 years ago on June 4, 1992.
Project: PIPA East Africa - Promoting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, 2017-18
INFORSE is cooperating with TaTEDO (INFORSE cordinator) in Tanzania, Suswatch Kenya, UCSD in Uganda and SustainableEnergy in Denmark (project leader).
Project: ACE West Africa - Accelerating Implementation of Regional Policies on Clean Energy, 2016-18
INFORSE is cooperating with ENDA (INFORSE cordinator) in Senegal, CEAS in Burkina Faso, MFC in Mali, JVE in Benin, OPED in Togo, AFHON in Cote d?Ivoire, CODDAE in Niger, and SustainableEnergy (in Denmark, project leader).
Projects: INFORSE-Europe
INFORSE-Europe has been active and member organisations cooperated in many countries
INFORSE Congratulates: 48 countries commit to 100% Renewable Energy - 19 November 2016, COP22
INFORSE congratulates the 48 climate vulnerable countries that declared on the last day of the COP22 that they all will turn to 100% renewable energy until 2050.
Events: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP22 November 8, 11, 15, 2016, Morocco
- Mini SIDE EVENT: November 8, 2016
- SIDE EVENT: November 11, 2016
- Mini SIDE EVENT: November 15 2016
- EXHIBITION (2 weeks)
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC, SB 44 - Side Event, Bonn, May 20, 2016
Title: South Asian Eco-Village Solutions in NDCs and Climate Finance: Renewable Energy, Organic Farming
Time: 16:45 - 18:15, Room: Berlin
Opinion on COP21 Event: Welcome to a New World of 'Paris' Climate Action. December 12, 2015
by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE
The article explains why the Paris Agreement is an important step forward, even though it is not perfect.
The articles also outlines some of the main missing elements to limit climate change to 1.5-2'C.
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP21 Paris, France: Exhibition & Side Events. Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2015
INFORSE was lead and co-organisers of Side Events on: December 3 ("Blue Zone" at the UN Conference building), and on December 8 amd 10 ("Green Zone" - Climate Generation Area organised by the French Government)
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC SBI 42 Pre-Conference in Bonn, June 3 & 10, 2015
* 4 June, 16:45-18:15, Room: Berlin
- Getting Ready for Zero; An overview of who is working on zero carbon modelling & tool kits.
* 10 June, 18:30-20:00, Room: Bonn I
- Rural Development with Climate Mitigating Solutions in South Asia
INFORSE Sustainable Energy Vision 2050. Denmark (2014)
A proposal to achieve a sustainable energy system following environmental and social imperatives.
The INFORSE Sustainable Energy Vision shows how it is possible to achieve 100 % Renewable energy supply in the world, in EU and different countries.
Project: Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies. 2014-2016
Strengthening climate-policy networks in East and West Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. The project supports national and regional climate campaigns focusing on promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies.
Project: Southern Voices on Climate Change in Asia and Africa - 2011-14
NGO Capacity Building Project
Project Period: Two phases in 2011-2014
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP19 - Warsaw, Poland. Exhibition and Side Event. 2013
November 18 (Monday), 2013, 16.45-18.15,
Room: Torun, 2nd floor, Zone B3,
Title: New Solutions of Climate Mitigation in South & North; NGO Voices; Technology Mechanism
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP18, Doha, Qatar. Exhibition & Side Event. December 2012
INFORSE Exhibition: November 27 - December 7, 2012
INFORSE-HELIO Side Event: December 5, 2012
Event: INFORSE at Rio +20, June 2012
Date: June 19, 2012, Time: 17.30-19.00
Place: RioCentro, Room T-5
Southern Voices on Climate Change
Capacity Building Programme
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 16, Cancun, Mexico. Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2010.
INFORSE Coordinators partipated
Please read Press Release on CDM.
Event: European Seminar, Brussels, Belgium. April 28, 2010
EU Stakeholder Seminar on Low-Carbon Energy Scenarios
Organized by Low Carbon Societies Network FP7 Project (CAN-France, INFORSE-Europe, Germanwatch, PIK, CIRED), FoE-Europe, and ECF.
April 27, 2010 - Seminar, Brussels, Belgium
7th European Sustainable Energy Policy Seminar
Organised by INFORSE-Europe and EREF.
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 15, Copenhagen, Denmark. December 7-18, 2009
INFORSE organised side events, exhibition at the Bella Center and at Klimaforum09. INFORSE participated with more than 30 delegates as NGO observer. Read more at:
Project: School Resources of INFORSE-Europe
Energy and Climate in schools.
Project: Education on Energy and Climate - DIERET Course
Distance Internet Education on Renewable Energy Technologies
April 28, 2009 - Seminar, Brussels, Belgium
6th European Sustainable Energy Policy Seminar
- Crisis Management with Sustainable Energy
Organised by INFORSE-Europe and EREF.
Event: INFORSE at UNFCCC COP 14, Poznan, Poland. December 1-12, 2008
INFORSE Coordinators participated at COP14.
Side Event and Exhibition.
August 16-18, 2008 - Seminar at CAT, UK
Seminar is organised by CAT, UK Energy 21 and INFORSE-Europe
Project: INFORSE-South Asia NGO Cooperation Project, 2005-08
INFORSE - South Asia members project on sustainable energy for poverty reduction, for NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Event: INFORSE at IPM & UN CSD15, New York. 2007
IPM at 26 February - 2 March 2007, New York
INFORSE Side Event !
Event: INFORSE at UN CSD15: April 30 - May 11, 2007
INFORSE Side Event: Monday, April 30 2007, 6.15 - 7.45 pm, UN Building, Conference Room B.
Sustainable Energy for South and North, NGO Experiences and Visions Including Successes of Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh.
Press Release: INFORSE-Europe Comment on IEA World Outlook 2006
Comment on IEA World Energy Outlook 2006
Nuclear will take Scarce Resources from Climate Actions.

On November 7, 2006, IEA released its World Energy Outlook 2006 with arguments for more nuclear power to combat climate change and increas
Event: European Seminar in Brussels. March 29, 2006
INFORSE-Europe EU Policy Seminar
in cooperation with EREF, EUFORES
Date: March 29, 2006
Place: Brussels, Belgium
Event: BIREC, Intl Renewables05 Conference Beijing China. November 7-8 2005.
INFORSE at the NGO Meeting & Declaration
Event: Green Week at Brussels. May 31-June 3, 2005
INFORSE-Europe participated at the exhibition at the Green Week 2005.
Press Release 15.11.2004 Sustainable Energy Vision 2050 EU-15

INFORSE-Europe launched its Vision 2050 for a transition to sustainable energy for the 15 -old- EU countries.
Event: CURES and Renewable Energy Conference in Bonn in 2004
INFORSE signed the CURES declaration in 2003.
INFORSE is participating at the official and parallel NGO Events at the Renewable Energy conference in Bonn in June 2004.
Event: INFORSE at WSSD Rio02 & Rio+10 in 2002 - Vision2050
A vision to develop a worldwide sustainable energy system in 50 years with 100% renewable energy supply.
Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII)
Five international NGOs have launched the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) at COP6.
Renewable Energy on Small Islands - Second Edition August 2000
In the second global overview of renewable energy on small islands is information on 53 islands with experiences with renewable energy and/or plans for future developments. Below major findings and report in PDF-format.
INFORSE Charter in English
The INFORSE Charter adopted August 2000.
Wind Force 10
A blueprint to achieve 10% of the worlds electricity from wind power by 2020. Below Executive Summary and the report in PDF-format (for free)
Secretariat on Renewable Energy Islands
Islands all over the world now have their own secretariat for renewable energy. Information, good examples and innovative funding are at the front seat of this vehicle for self-sufficiency in energy
This report covers the activities carried out by the INFORSE Secretariat.
Renewable Energy on Small Islands - First Edition April 1998
In the first global overview of renewable energy on small islands is information on 82 islands with experiences with renewable energy and/or plans for future developments. Below major findings and the report in PDF-format (for free)
INFORSE globe logo
INFORSE is actively engaged in international awareness raising.

INFORSE follows and influences sustainable energy issues in international negotiations.

INFORSE is accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  Publications by INFORSE
  Online Catalogue of Local Sustainable Solutions in East Africa (80+ solutions)
  Online Database of Local Solutions of Eco-Village Development in South Asia (50+ solutions)
  ToT Socio-Technical Manual Eco-Village Development in South Asia (pdf)
  Sustainable Energy Cases Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection.
  Combining Energy Access and
Climate Protection Cases from Africa and Asia
INFORSE Secretariat
Klosterport 4F, 1. floor
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 86 22 70 00
Twitter: INFORSE_org
Facebook: INFORSE
  INFORSE team at exhibition at COP23
  COP24 INFORSE exhibition
  UNFCCC COP23 side event Nov 9 2017


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