CALL FOR PAPERS: Seventh GGKP Annual Conference on Achieving Global Energy Transformation

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29 April 2019
Hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute
Location: GGGI, Seoul, Republic of South Korea
Date: 22 October 2019 
Deadline for submission: 28 June 2019

The managing partners of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform—the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank—are pleased announce the Call for Papers for the Seventh GGKP Annual Conference. GGGI will host the Annual Conference on 22 October 2019 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on the theme of “Achieving Global Green Energy Transformation”.

This GGKP Annual Conference will be held back-to-back and in conjunction with the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference hosted by the Government of Korea (KIREC) from 23-25 October in Seoul. IREC conferences are a high-level political conference series dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector and are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.

The GGKP Annual Conference will address the policy, finance, technology and innovation, and social dimensions of achieving green energy transformation around the world, as well as the important role of cities and industries. The Global Sustainable Energy Transformation is instrumental in forging the path towards the goal of 100% renewable energy and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on affordable and clean energy as well as achieving Paris Agreement commitments for limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.


Guidance on Paper Selection

Experts, researchers, academics, and others are invited to submit papers on the Proposed Paper Topics listed below. Each paper may address a single topic or multiple topics simultaneously. Overall, papers are expected to describe important challenges, insights, and innovations and solutions for dramatically scaling up sustainable energy.

Given the critical development challenges in many low- and middle-income countries around the world, papers will be given priority in the selection process that focus on scaling up sustainable energy in developing countries and emerging economies, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Papers may focus on relevant issues at a global scale, at a regional level (e.g., Asia, Africa, etc.), at a subregional level, or in individual countries.

For purposes of this call for papers, “sustainable energy” encompasses a wide range of technologies and applications, including but not limited to: on-grid and off-grid solar; wind; small-scale hydro; biomass; biofuels; mini-grids; hydrogen; power to gas; power to liquids; renewable heat (e.g., geothermal, rooftop solar, heat pumps, industrial applications); energy storage; electric vehicles/e-mobility (in land, maritime, and air transport); demand-side management; dispatch management; decentralized regulation; distributed energy resources (DERs); energy efficient lighting; efficient appliance and HVAC systems; green buildings; combined heat and power; etc.

Proposed Paper Topics

Policy and Market Design

  1. Integrated planning and policy approaches (e.g., integrating urban and non-urban areas, energy-water-food nexus, long-term scenarios, etc.)
  2. Market design, market development, and market integration approaches (e.g., renewable power and electricity market design, demand response incentives)
  3. Integrated strategies for increasing sustainable energy in both generation and end-use sectors, including reducing demand and behavioral change
  4. Planning for energy security

Finance and Investment

  1. Financing models, mechanisms, and innovation for scaling up and accelerating investment in small- and large-scale renewables, emerging technologies, and infrastructure
  2. Building investor confidence in renewable energy
  3. Innovative business models for scaling up sustainable energy

Technology and Innovation

  1. Sustainable energy technology innovations (e.g., energy systems of the future, market innovations and expansion, the role of digitalization such as Big Data, AI, etc.)
  2. Powering with renewables: mini-grids and stand-alone systems including consumptive and productive uses and financing
  3. Material flows for the large-scale transition to renewable energy

Cities and Industries

  1. The role of cities in advancing sustainable energy transformation
  2. Planning energy transformation in the face of rapid urbanization
  3. Sustainable energy transformation in the transportation, building, and/or industrial sectors
  4. The role of SMEs and community owned and operated (COO) models in renewable energy electrification

Social Inclusion, Equity, and Environmental Sustainability

  1. Making the energy transformation inclusive and equitable, including consideration of poverty reduction, women and gender, job creation, skills development, and proactive participation, and access to energy in under-serviced communities
  2. Environmental and social impacts (e.g., life cycle assessment of renewable energy and electric vehicles, renewable energy and climate change adaptation, renewable energy transition and distributional impacts


Details and deadline for submission

A preliminary version of the paper must be sent, in PDF format, to by 28 June 2019. Extended abstracts will be considered but preference will be given to completed papers. Please include Abstract, Keywords and applicable theme(s) from the list above (A-P) with your submission. GGGI is convening a Scientific Committee to review the papers once received. The Scientific Committee will make its decisions and inform authors by 15 August 2019. Kindly note, limited funding will be available for travel expenses of paper presenters from developing countries. Presenters will otherwise be responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.