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Carmen Dienst   Ms.  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Carmen Dienst published an article in November 2018.
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Thomas Fischer

23 shared publications

China Meteorological Administration

Daniel Vallentin

12 shared publications

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy/Doeppersberg 19, Wuppertal D-42109, Germany

Willington Ortiz

10 shared publications

Environment and Energy GmbH

Mathieu Saurat

5 shared publications

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy/Doeppersberg 19, Wuppertal D-42109, Germany

Julia Terrapon-Pfaff

4 shared publications

Environment and Energy GmbH

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Impact pathways of small-scale energy projects in the global south – Findings from a systematic evaluation Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Marie-Christine Gröne, Carmen Dienst, ... Published: 01 November 2018
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.06.045
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Access to clean and affordable modern energy services has been widely recognised as a significant factor for enabling social and economic development. Stand-alone systems and mini-grids are presumed to play an important role in the provision of sustainable energy to those people who currently lack access. Accordingly, an increasing number of small-scale energy projects are being implemented in developing countries and emerging economies. However, despite the large number of energy development projects, only limited evidence exists about the actual contribution they make to sustainable development. This paper addresses this research gap by providing a systematic assessment of three selected impact pathways based on the evaluation of over 30 small-scale sustainable energy projects. Applying a theory-based evaluation approach in the form of a contribution analysis, the aim of this research is to better understand if and how these types of technical interventions can create development outcomes and impacts. The results show that technological issues are often not the most decisive factor in achieving development effects, but that embedding the technology in a set of actions that address social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects is essential.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Productive use of energy – Pathway to development? Reviewing the outcomes and impacts of small-scale energy projects in ... Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Marie-Christine Gröne, Carmen Dienst, ... Published: 01 November 2018
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.016
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Energising the WEF nexus to enhance sustainable development at local level Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Willington Ortiz, Carmen Dienst, Marie... Published: 01 October 2018
Journal of Environmental Management, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.06.037
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The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is increasingly recognised as a conceptual framework able to support the efficient implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite growing attention paid to the WEF nexus, the role that renewable energies can play in addressing trade-offs and realising synergies has received limited attention. Until now, the focus of WEF nexus discussions and applications has mainly been on national or global levels, macro-level drivers, material flows and large infrastructure developments. This overlooks the fact that major nexus challenges are faced at local level. Aiming to address these knowledge gaps, the authors conduct a systematic analysis of the linkages between small-scale energy projects in developing countries and the food and water aspects of development. The analysis is based on empirical data from continuous process and impact evaluations complemented by secondary data and relevant literature. The study provides initial insights into how to identify interconnections and the potential benefits of integrating the nexus pillars into local level projects in the global south. The study identifies the complex links which exist between sustainable energy projects and the food and water sectors and highlights that these needs are currently not systematically integrated into project design or project evaluation. A more systematic approach, integrating the water and food pillars into energy planning at local level in the global south, is recommended to avoid trade-offs and enhance the development outcomes and impacts of energy projects.
BOOK-CHAPTER 5 Reads 0 Citations The Role of Gender Concerns in the Planning of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Carmen Dienst, Willington Ortiz Published: 04 March 2015
ICREGA’14 - Renewable Energy: Generation and Applications, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15964-5_25
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Wuxi – a Chinese City on its Way to a Low Carbon Future Carmen Dienst, Chun Xia, Clemens Schneider, Daniel Vallentin... Published: 01 March 2015
Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, doi: 10.13044/j.sdewes.2015.03.0002
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations How effective are small-scale energy interventions in developing countries? Results from a post-evaluation on project-le... Julia Terrapon-Pfaff, Carmen Dienst, Julian König, Willingto... Published: 01 December 2014
Applied Energy, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.05.032
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Conference papers
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 6 Reads 0 Citations On Track to Become a Low Carbon Future City? - First Findings from the Pilot City of Wuxi Carmen Dienst, Clemens Schneider, Mathieu Saurat, Chun Xia, ... Published: 17 October 2012
doi: 10.3390/wsf2-00968
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Increasing urbanisation and climate change belong to the greatest challenges of the 21st century. A high share of global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to originate in urban areas (40 % to 78 % according to UN Habitat 2010). Therefore, low carbon city strategies and concepts implicate large greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potentials. At the same time, with high population and infrastructure densities as well as concentrated economic activities, cities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and need to adapt. Scarce natural resources further constrain the leeway for long-term, sustainable urban development. The Low Carbon Future Cities (LCFC) project aims at tapping this three-dimensional challenge and will develop an integrated strategy / roadmap, balancing low carbon development, gains in resource efficiency and adaptation to climate change. The study focuses on two pilot regions - one in China (Wuxi) and one in Germany (Düsseldorf+) - and is conducted by a German-Chinese research team supported by the German Stiftung Mercator. The paper gives an overview of first outcomes of the analysis of the status quo and assessment of the most likely developments regarding GHG emissions, climate impacts and resource use in Wuxi. The project developed an emission inventory for Wuxi to identify key sectors for further analysis and low carbon scenarios. The future development of energy demand and related CO2 emissions in 2030 were simulated in the current policy scenario (CPS), using five different sub-models. Selected aspects of Wuxi\'s current material and water flows were analysed and modelled for energy transformation and the building sector. Current and future climate impacts and vulnerability were investigated. Recent climatic changes and resulting damages were analysed, expected changes in temperature and precipitation in the coming four decades were projected using ensembles of three General Circulation Models. Although Wuxi\'s government started a path to implement a low carbon plan, the first results show that more ambitious efforts are needed to overcome the challenges faced.