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World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden

The World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 - Sweden was hosted by Linköping University during May 8-13, 2011. EfD-Ethiopia research fellow, Dr. Abebe Damte, presented a paper on this congress on "Covariates of Fuel Saving Technologies in Urban Ethiopia".

During the Congress 18 keynote talks and over 550 presentations distributed over 130 sessions have been given. More than 600 people from at least 60 different countries participated. The interest from local and national media was large. We have summarized the media coverage here. Reports from the Congress week can be found here.

The World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) is an international
scientific conference that provides an excellent opportunity for
discussion and knowledge exchange for scientists, policy-makers,
engineers and other specialists with an interest in issues related to
renewable energy.
WREC 2011 took place in Linköping, Sweden during May 8-13, 2011. The Congress was hosted by Linköping University in close cooperation with the World Renewable Energy Congress/Network.

Based on the theme "Future Trends and Applications in Renewable
Energy Technologies and Sustainable Development", WREC 2011 covered a
wide range of topics related to renewable energy technology, energy
efficiency, climate change and sustainable energy systems.

WREC 2011 was a truly international event, with contributions
from more than 60 countries. The map below shows the distribution of
nationalities who have contributed to WREC 2011. Click on the map for a
full list of represented countries.

Covariates of Fuel Saving Technologies in Urban


The current
government of Ethiopia has devised supply augmented and demand
management strategies in order to reduce pressure on forests and the
adverse impact of indoor air pollution. This paper tries to examine and
understand the determinants of the speed of adoption of one of the
demand side strategies, fuel saving technologies (Mirt and Lakech), in
urban Ethiopia. The result of the duration analysis shows that income
level is a significant factor in the adoption decision of the
technologies. This indicates that households will not shift to other
better sources of energy as their income increases, as postulated by the
energy ladder hypothesis. Education is positively and significantly
related to the speed of adoption of Mirt biomass cook stoves but its
effect on adoption of Lakech charcoal stove is insignificant. Electric
Mitad (substitute for Mirt injera stove) does not have any effect on the
adoption of Mirt biomass cook stoves. However, ownership of Metal
charcoal stove is negatively correlated with the adoption of Lakech
charcoal stoves. This may suggest that there is a need to reconsider the
promotion strategy given the better performance of Lakech charcoal
stove over Metal charcoal stove. The implications of other covariates
have also been discussed.

For more information please contact Dr. Abebe Damte, at

More information on the congress can be obtained here