Power lines. Photo by: Gennadiy Ratushenko / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Countries need to exchange information on clean energy, and now they have an information hub to do so sponsored by the World Bank.

The project was announced at the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial in New Delhi by the Washington D.C.-based multilateral institution, which explained the South-South-North Knowledge Exchange serves as the 21st information portal for the 23 participating countries.

The facility, to be establlished in India, is envisioned to develop training modules, write summary papers, link up experts and host workshops, among other possibilities.

All efforts are focused on the following areas:

  • Low-carbon generation and distribution

  • Renewable energy

  • Energy storage and efficiency

  • Energy demand responsive technology

  • Smart grids

“The opportunities for expanding clean energy options in the production, distribution and use of energy are tremendous,” said S. Vijay Iyer, director of the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy and Extractives Department.

However he also added: “But the challenge for countries and practitioners is to overcome knowledge barriers and stay on top of developments in this dynamic space.”

Strong support on climate change initiatives is one of the approaches outlined by World Bank President Jim Kim to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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