by Dean Cooper

Issue: 54

Journal section: General Article
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Received: 2010-08-09


Climate change mitigation and the development needs of Africa are two subjects that are currently attracting great international attention. But matching the two through existing carbon mechanisms is proving to be very difficult. Private sector carbon markets, as with other commercial operations, perceive too great an investment risk in Africa. For carbon, only large-scale projects are generally considered, often with significant doubts over their additionality. The great potential for carbon savings from households supplied with efficient and alternative energy systems is currently being overlooked. The global climate change impact of appropriate energy supplies for growing household energy demand in Africa, and the associated development benefits for local residents, are not part of the current framework. This suggests that a new approach is required.

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