Energy

A solar energy plant is being used in the town of San Pedro de Atacama, about 300 kilometers from the seaport city of Antofagasta in northern Chile. The 2,300 people in the region are scattered in smaller towns around the area, making energy delivery difficult and expensive. The solar system will greatly reduce the cost of present generators and will be more reliable.

The International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) held its first annual coordinators meeting from 10-16 October 1993 in Denmark. As a result, a campaign was launched at the International Solar and Earth Day (April 24, 1994) on sustainable energy for social development, focusing on income generation, job creation, micro-enterprise development and training.

The International Seminar, "Energy-Environment Policies, Central & East European Approach", was scheduled from 28-29 October 1993 at the Politehnica University in Bucharest, Romania. The aim of the seminar was to provide a forum to discuss and formulate solutions to the common problems and differences among the countries in the region concerning energy, environment and education.

The Nigeria Society for the Improvement of Rural People, in collaboration with SISTRUM Educational Foundation, organized a workshop in Enugu, Nigeria from 18-22 November 1993, on Energy, Environment and Enterprise. The purpose of the workshop was to bring into focus the problems of energy utility in relation to the environment. It also aimed to offer environmental alternatives for the consumption of energy by introducing various new means of cooking.

Community ATGAJA, part of the Lithuanian Green movement, works chiefly on projects concerned with renewable energy source development in Lithuania. It collects and disseminates information about renewable energy sources and is planning to step up its efforts to lobby parliament on rebuilding small hydro power plants and building wind, solar and bio generators.

The International Solar Society hosted an NGO Renewable Energy Summit in New York from 20-21 May 1994. The focus of the summit was on the links between sustainable development issues, the impacts of energy use on society and the environment, and renewable energy solutions.