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Energy for ecodevelopment

HELIO's contribution

HELIO International

HELIO is an international network of economists, energy experts and analysts that monitored the impact of energy policies on ecodevelopment.

Our system of indicators

Hydro, Eolien, Light, Insulation, Organomasse

HELIO International's name comes from the various energy options that best support ecodevelopment. The idea was born in 1996 during preparations for RIO+5. HELIO obtained its not-for-profit status in July 1997 and is registered under the French Law of 1901.

Our objectives

  • Analyse whether energy policy was supporting ecodevelopment

  • Assess whether existing and future energy assets were vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

  • Call attention to a smart energy path approach to ensure ecodevelopment

HELIO has proudly held a unique place in the global environmental movement. It owes this to its members, who have been professionally demanding and dedicated to the public good globally.

Dr. Hélène Connor

Founder and Honorary President

What is ecodevelopment ?

Ecodevelopment is sustainable and equitable development for all. It is the use of natural resources with usufructal technologies and the regulation of markets with participatory governance. The harmonious interaction between the environment and markets results in ecodevelopment.

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HELIO network & reports

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Sub-Sahara29%

Benin

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Botswana

sew Energy and Sustainable Development in Botswana (2002)

Burkina Faso

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Cameroon

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Kenya

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Mali

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Nigeria

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Senegal

var Energy Systems in Senegal (2009)_ENvar Energy Systems in Senegal (2009)_FRsew Renforcer la résilience des systèmes énergétiques et des écosystèmes au Sénégal (2007)

South Africa

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The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

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Togo

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Uganda

var Energy Systems in Uganda (2009)_ENvar Energy Systems in Uganda (2009)_FRsew Improving Energy Resilience in Uganda (2007)_ENsew Improving Energy Resilience in Uganda (2007)_FR

United Republic Of Tanzania

var Energy Systems in Tanzania (2009)_ENvar Energy Systems in Tanzania (2009)_FRsew Improving Energy Resilience in Tanzania (2007)_ENsew Improving Energy Resilience in Tanzania (2007)_FRsew Energy and Sustainable Development in Tanzania (2006)sew Sustainability Indicators for the Tanzanian Energy Sector (2002)

Zimbabwe

sew Energy and Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe (2002)

Guided by 7 principles

  • 1

    Be proactive rather than reactive

  • 2

    Learn by doing

  • 3

    Develop local strategies by and for local citizens

  • 4

    Facilitate and train to build-up local capacity

  • 5

    Ensure non-duplication of efforts

  • 6

    Maintain openness and transparency

  • 7

    Guarantee that solutions are environmentally, technologically and economically sustainable

Sustainable energy watch observatory

HELIO is known for its methodologies and indicator development.

  • SEW

    1997

    The first set of policy indicators measured a country or region’s progress towards or movement away from sustainability. This was called the Sustainable Energy Watch (SEW) indicators. More info

  • VAR

    2009

    With the increasing threat of climate change impacts, the SEW indicators were enlarged to include indicators that measured the vulnerability of energy systems to climate change and analysed the capacity of adaptation and resilience (VAR) of a country, therefore also assessing the quality of governance. This second set of indicators was called VAR indicators. More info

  • TIPEE

    2011

    Good decisions require good information. However, good information is often not readily available. HELIO’s TIPEE indicators allowed decision makers to use information at-hand to assess whether a current energy policy, under changing climatic conditions, is on track to meet ecodevelopment objectives. TIPEE is from the French and meansTraitement de l’information pour des politiques énergétiques favorisant l’écodéveloppement. More info

  • SEP

    2013

    The Smart Energy Path (SEP) includes all stakeholders as joint decision-makers. Together they identify a viable long-term future, requiring only or mostly local energy resources. This ecodevelopment planning is done using backcasting. More info

  • HIFI

    2014

    The HELIO Index for Investors (HIFI) helps financiers identify countries best-suited for investment based on how well a country’s energy policies are conducive to the ecodevelopment of the country. Countries practicing SEP would qualify for such investments. More info

The encompassing nature of ecodevelopment, coupled with HELIO's philosophy of inclusive participation, allowed for dialogue and debate across disciplines, countries and even cultures.

Laura E. WILLIAMSON

Founding Board Secretary, Project Director & Board Member

Other tools

  • CUBE

    HELIO defined public participation procedures to allow energy users and civil society to be better informed and participate in the energy planning processes as a result of liberalised European power markets.

    More info
  • SSN

    HELIO was a key partner in identifying and developing initiatives around climate change, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

    More info
  • GOLD STANDARD

    HELIO developed a monitoring methodology, used by SSN and WWF to create the GOLD STANDARD to select energy and climate projects compatible with the Kyoto Protocol.

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Observer at UN conferences

UNFCCC

HELIO participated in all the UNFCCC Conference of Parties up to COP21, hosting numerous side-events and presenting its on-going work. At COP5 HELIO introduced the first set of indicators to measure the sustainability of projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). HELIO presented its latest tools - HIFI and SEP - at COP21.

UN ECOSOC, CSD, WSSD, RIO+5, RIO+10, RIO+20

At RIO+10 (WSSD) HELIO coordinated the French NGO and official contribution on energy. HELIO also presented a major report within the official events in cooperation with International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council. The report used the SEW indicators to track the contribution of energy policies worldwide to ecodevelopment.

Governance

  • Responsible for the overall direction of HELIO including providing oversight for the organisation's finances.

  • Responsible for developing and adapting the HELIO indicators as well as providing technical assistance.

  • Responsible for identifying and communicating regional issues to the HELIO Secretariat.

  • Responsible for identifying and coordinating the work of in-country reporters.

  • Responsible for preparing country-level reports, using HELIO’s methodologies and Sustainable Energy Watch indicators.

In 2015, after twenty years of operation, HELIO International decided to discontinue its in-country activities. It now concentrates its resources and knowledge through this Creative Commons website. HELIO’s methodologies, indicators and tools remain available to all; to be used in promoting ecodevelopment through better decision-making and planning in the energy sphere.

The African arm of HELIO International has been created. It is working in Central and West Africa as HELIO-Afrique.