Parallel session
Clean and renewable energy

Advances in variable renewable energy technologies are resulting in structural shifts in energy systems globally. Developing countries typically feature promising endowments in renewable resources, rapidly growing demand, and a relative lack of legacy generation systems.

With the costs of wind and solar dipping below their non-renewable competitors, developing countries are potentially positioned for rapid uptake of variable renewable energy systems, both at grid scale and distributed across rural areas. Accelerated research efforts and fresh thinking are key inputs to realizing the positive prospects offered by low cost renewable energy systems for growth, development, and the environment.

This session draws on lessons on the projects ‘Africa’s energy futures’ and ‘The political economy of clean energy transitions’.

Session videos

Parallel 5.2 | Clean and renewable energy

Vu Xuan Nguyet Hong | Faaiqa Hartley | Douglas Arent | Q&A


Le Dang Doanh | Chair 

Le Dang Doanh is currently a Member of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations, a Senior Fellow of the Economic College at Hanoi National University (HNU) and member of the Scholar Board of Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM). Previously, he was a permanent member of the Government Commission for State-owned Enterprises Reform, and the National Commission for Finance and Monetary Policy. 

Vu Xuan Nguyet Hong | Presenter | Presentation

Vu Xuan Nguyet Hong is the former Vice-President of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), one of Vietnam’s leading economic policy think tanks. Mrs. Hong holds more than 20 years of work experience on sustainable development issues and is currently working as an independent consultant on green growth and SDGs in Vietnam. Over the last years, she played the role as a coordinator of research collaboration between CIEM, ILSSA (Vietnam), UNU-WIDER and University of Copenhagen.  

Faaiqa Hartley | Presenter | Presentation

Faaiqa Hartley is a Senior Researcher in the Energy Systems Analysis, Economics and Policy group at the Energy Research Centre in Cape Town and a collaborator with the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She previously worked as a Director in Economic Policy at the National Treasury of South Africa. Her current research includes assessing the economic trade-offs and implications of energy, waste and climate change policies in South Africa using computable general equilibrium and linked energy-economic models.

Douglas Arent | Presenter | Presentation

Douglas Arent is Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr Arent is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board.