Dr Long Seng To

Sustainable Energy. Development. Resilience.

Humanitarian Energy Conference 2019 in Ethiopia

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It was wonderful to take part in the first Humanitarian Energy Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 31 July to 1 August 2019. The conference brought together a diverse group from across the globe, including representatives from NGO’s, international organisations, funders, businesses and academia, working to improve and expand energy access for displaced and crisis-affected people.

The agenda and concept note for the event can be accessed here.

Draft specifications for the application of UNFC to solar energy open for comment

A field of solar panels.

As a member of the Solar Energy Sub-Group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Expert Group on Resource Management, I am pleased to announce that the draft specifications for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to solar energy is open for public comment.

The new Solar Specification will give financial institutions a standardised way to compare solar energy with other energy sources, paving the way for further investment as costs of solar energy technologies reduces. It will also help industry to accelerate the development of solar energy projects and help governments to manage their national resources sustainably. It will also help us to understand our energy resources on a global level.

The draft Solar Specification is open for comment until 30 August 2019 here.

New summer research student: Kaitlyn Law

I am delighted to be supervising Kaitlyn Law from McGill University as a Summer Research Student with the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network from July to August 2019.

Read Kaitlyn’s blog post about her work me on community energy resilience here.

LCEDN Conference 2019: energy resilience session

It was a pleasure to host a session on ‘Energy Resilience’ during the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network annual conference at the University of Stratclyde, Glasgow on 2-3 May 2019.

The session was a deep dive into energy resilience from a community perspective. The short presentations by Collen Zalengera (Mzuzu University), Aran Eales (University of Stratclyde) and myself focused on Malawi as a case study. We reflected on the impact of Cyclone Idai, which affected the southern part of Malawi, on energy access. The presentations were followed by discussion on research questions identified during a recent workshop in Malawi.

You can read more about the conference here.

Workshop on Community Energy Resilience in Malawi

The third workshop for the Collaborations for Community Energy Resilience in Low-Income Countries project took place in April 2019. The Malawi workshop was held in collaboration with Mzuzu University and the Civil Society Network on Climate Change. The workshop aimed to identify research needs and collaboration opportunities, and included participants from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was a very timely discussion as the region recovers from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

Launch of Modern Energy Cooking Services programme

Harriett Baldwin speaking with Long Seng To
Harriett Baldwin, Minster of State for Africa, UK (L) and Long Seng To (R) at the MECS launch. Photo by Loughborough University.

I was really pleased to be at the launch of the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme in April 2019. Loughborough University and the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme will lead this £39.8 million UK aid research programme to find innovative, clean and modern alternatives to biomass fuels, such as charcoal and wood.

Read more about the MECS programme here.

South Asia workshop to increase community energy resilience held in Kathmandu

The second of three workshops for the Collaborations for Community Energy Resilience in Low-Income Countries project took place in February 2019. The South Asia workshop, held in Kathmandu in Nepal, aimed to identify research needs and collaboration opportunities to increase community energy resilience in on-grid, mini-grid, and stand-alone electricity systems. It was great to hear from experts in disaster risk reduction and energy access in the region.

Read more about the workshop on the Energy and Economic Growth website here.

Workshop participants listening.

Webinar: Resilience and reliability of energy projects in Nepal

In this webinar, I present a summary of the discussions from the ‘Research collaborations for community energy resilience and electricity systems’ project so far. I focus on the South Asia regional workshop held in Nepal in February 2019.

Read a full description of the webinar here and download the slides here.

PhD funding for project on community energy resilience

Are you interested in doing a PhD with me on community energy resilience in Nepal and Malawi? A fully-funded studentship opportunity is available at Loughborough University. Work with a great team at the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology. Applications close 25 February 2019.

Read the full advertisement here.

New paper: Tactic Networks, Crucial Care

Urban Studies Cover

I’m excited that my new journal article on ‘Tacit networks, crucial care: Informal networks and disaster response in Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake’ has been published in Urban Studies as part of a special issue on ‘Transcending (in)formal urbanism’.

Read the article here.

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