The Negawatt Challenge for Energy Efficiency

The Negawatt Challenge is a global competition empowering communities to innovate around local resource efficiency issues, to help transform cities into more sustainable and efficient places. It is a methodology that aims to engage citizens around information and communication technology (ICT) and Green Growth innovation.
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Negawatt Challenge for Energy Efficiency: The Experience of the City of Accra

In its first phase, focusing on resource efficiency and open data, the Negawatt Challenge was piloted in four cities globally, including Accra, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro. Innovative Negawatt competition methodology brought to light technology and business innovations that have the potential to catalyze behavioral change and transform cities into more sustainable and efficient places.


Negawatt: Challenging local talents to engineer green growth

Reliable and affordable access to energy and water is limited for many people living in rapidly-urbanizing cities. In 2015, the World Bank launched the Negawatt Challenge in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania to support local entrepreneurs to take advantage of business opportunities offered by green growth strategies and resource efficiency in the energy and water sector.


Negawatt Challenge – Turning Urban Challenges into Opportunities with Dr. Flávia Carloni

About the Presenters

Eloisa Acha

Eloisa Acha is responsible for the strategic direction and global operations of the Planet NI Program. The program is part of NI’s shared-value approach to market development and expansion into emerging countries. She coordinates cross-functional and distributed teams executing the program’s activities in developing countries looking to drive adoption of NI’s technologies by young entrepreneurs and engineers in start-ups and SMEs. She is responsible for strategic partnerships with global development organizations including USAID and the World Bank and local stakeholders in Government and Academia. She is co-founder of the program and is co-chair of the Planet NI Board of Advisors.

Prior to this role, Eloisa worked as Marketing Manager for Latin America and International Marketing Manager for Asia/Rest of World. Eloisa holds a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.

Dr Flávia Carloni

Dr. Flávia Carloni is Consultant for the World Bank Environment Unit - Sustainable Development Network and Rio leading contact point for all matters regarding CDP, C40 research and measurement and planning networks. In this position, she supports in the design and implementation of the Low Carbon City Development Program in Rio de Janeiro, including assistance in data collection (CDP), coordination with local institutions and technical advisory to the City Hall. She is also a Research fellow at the Federal Engineering Faculty (COPPE/UFRJ) Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment (Centro Clima), where she focuses on future trends in technologies and mitigation practices, potential costs of technological options appropriate to the Brazilian scenario, emission inventories, scenarios and action plans.

Dr. Flávia Carloni obtained PhD in Energy and Environmental Planning at COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to that she graduated in Oceanography from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2002) and obtained Master in Environmental Science, at Fluminense Federal University (2005). Previously, Flavia worked as a consultant for various institutions such as PNUD, Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCTI), Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Thomson Reuters Point Carbon and Brazilian Panel on Climate Change. Her activities covered the field of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, Urban Development Co-Benefits Approach, GHG emissions allowances allocation, and Global Climate Change Mitigation.

Alison Roadburg

Alison Roadburg is the Programs Manager at the iSpace Foundation, a co-working tech and creative innovation space for startups in Accra, Ghana. She has a background in the NGO/Non-Profit sector, with previous experience working in Monitoring & Evaluation and Research. She graduated from the Institute of Development Studies at The University of Sussex, UK, with a MA in Participation, Power & Social Change. She is continually inspired by the opportunity for the innovation space to challenge perceptions, traditional development models and notions of what can and could be.