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About our IVECF side event,PURE Growth – Developing Markets for Productive Use of Renewable Energy in Agricultural Value Chains


Productive use of renewable energy (PURE) offers the opportunity to lock in low GHG emission development pathways for rural areas of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, improving lives and livelihoods and building resilience to future threats such as the current triple energy, food and finance shock. Standing in the way of scaling up PURE in agri-food are challenges for actors at all levels: scant knowledge of the possibilities on most sides, nascent or early-stage markets for distribution and a lack of local financing solutions. The business environment in developing countries is often volatile, with a lack of coherence in policy, and market information for business plan development is uncertain or unavailable.

Based on 20 years of experience in clean energy market development, REEEP has designed a comprehensive response to these barriers – PURE Growth programme, which brings multi-pronged support to catalyse sustainable markets for renewable energy use in agricultural value chains. The programme is funded by Austria and will be launched at this event by the Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action Leonore Gewessler and REEEP CEO Eva Kelly. A panel discussion will provide further insights into the needs and opportunities of PURE markets from green finance, energy policy and entrepreneurial perspectives.


Side event schedule and location:

Date: Friday, 3 November 2023

Time: 10:30 – 11:45 CET

Location: Wintergarten Room, Hofburg Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria


Leonore Gewessler
Company: Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Position: Federal Minister


Eva Kelly
Company: REEEP – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Position: CEO
Peter Storey
Company: Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)
Position: Global Coordinator
Maria Michela Morese
Company: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Position: Energy Team Leader and Senior Natural Resources Officer
Lolade Alonge
Company: Koolboks
Position: Business Communications Project Manager


Mark Fogarty
Company: First Energy Asia Pacific
Position: Director


Keynote address by H.E. Ms. Leonore Gewessler

Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology


by Mark Fogarty, Director, First Energy Asia Pacific

REEEP’s PURE Growth Programme Presentation

by Eva Kelly, REEEP CEO

Panel discussion

Eva Kelly, CEO, REEEP; Peter Storey, Global Coordinator, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN); Lolade Alonge, Project Manager, Koolboks; Michela Morese, Energy Team Leader, FAO

Q&A session

Wintergarten Room, Hofburg Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria

Event Partners


Contact us:

Alexandra Chupina, Business and Partnership Development Officer at REEEP,

Erin Stewart, Lead Communications and Marketing Manager at REEEP,