This program of The World Bank's Praxis Discussion series focuses on the role of energy in international development. Experts discuss the best policies for implementing renewable energy systems, and explore how a clean, reliable source of energy can do more than just light a home.
Dr. Mark Diesendorf
Mark Diesendorf teaches Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He was formerly Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Technology, Sydney and a principal research scientist with CSIRO where he was involved in early research on integrating wind power into electricity grids.
Diesendorf currently serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals. His most recent book is Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy.
Ian Gerrard is the current editor of the Australian foreign affairs magazine The Diplomat.
Tendai Gregan is an energy specialist for the World Bank.
Jack Whelan is currently COO at Environment Business Australia (EBA), a coalition of companies representing the interests of the environment industry and "cleantech" sector, and Head of Private Sector Engagement with the Brisbane-based Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC).
Dr. Mark Diesendorf, professor of environmental studies at the University of New South Wales, supports providing renewable energy to rural villages. As companies continue to encroach on local populations, he says, a sustainable source of energy allows them to reclaim independence and stand up to external pressures.
Dr. Mark Diesendorf argues that while he hopes to see carbon capture technology available eventually, it currently isn’t a practical solution. He adds that in addition to being impractical, it serves to siphon funds away from other, more viable, energy solutions.