Aaron Leopold Global Energy Representative

Aaron Leopold is Practical Action’s Global Energy Representative, responsible for leading engagement with global processes and partners relating to energy, and for coordinating political and corporate advocacy work across Practical Action’s offices. Aaron is also Deputy Director of Power For All, a global campaign of private and civil society organisations pushing for universal energy access before 2030. Aaron also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), and on the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Green Climate Fund. 
Prior to Practical Action, Aaron was Director for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Global Governance Institute, which he co-founded. He also served as Team Leader and Editor for Sustainable Energy at the International Institute for Sustainable Development for four years, and has consulted for numerous international organizations and national governments on renewable energy policy. He holds a master’s degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel.
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  • Reflecting on technology in the lead up to COP21, Paris
    These videos outline the background to the UNFCCC meetings held recently in preparation for the vital COP21 climate change talks in Paris at the end of November. Technology needs assessment Over the past year developing countries have been identifying their priority technology needs, to provide a basis for a portfolio of environmentally sustainable technology development.   The opportunities of decentralised renewable energy   In depth technical paper to facilitate detailed planning Find out more about our energy access policy Making climate change mitigation […]
  • Reflection on the Asia Clean Energy Forum ACEF2015
    Spending a week in Manila at the Asia Clean Energy Forum was an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn about what is going on in the energy access space in this key region of the world. What I learned there was both inspiring and disappointing however. Check out my thoughts on what the Asian Development Bank and others need to do to begin seriously addressing the global challenge of energy poverty.   Thank you for watching this video blog, which will […]
  • Ensuring an Energy Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) delivers for poor people and the planet
    In late February, discussions over the post-2015 development agenda reached a milestone. The co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG), the body tasked with preparing a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposal for consideration by the UN General Assembly in September 2014, issued a “Focus Areas Document.” This document provided the first formal glimpse of what the content of the next global framework to eradicate poverty and move towards truly sustainable development. While it mentioned dozens of development issues crucial to […]

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