Worldwatch Institute: Harnessing the Dominican Republic's sustainable energy resources

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:38 GMT  (1049 Views)
The Dominican Republic’s energy sector is at a crossroads. Currently, the country depends on fossil fuel imports for 86% of its electricity generation, bringing enormous economic and environmental costs and necessitating a transition to a more sustainable energy system. The Dominican government is considering phasing out the use of petroleum for electricity—which currently accounts for over 40% of generation—by increasing imports of coal or LNG. In this Sustainable Electricity Roadmap for the Dominican Republic, the Worldwatch Institute conducts the technical, socioeconomic, financial, and policy assessments needed to create a smooth transition to an energy system that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Practical Action: 50th anniversary event, hosted by The Prince of Wales, calls for access to technology for all

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:36 GMT  (912 Views)
Access to the internet, mobile phones and renewable energy are technologies that should be available to everyone, whoever, and wherever they are. This was the message from international development charity Practical Action at a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales, the charity's Patron, marking the charity's 50th anniversary. The Prince of Wales commented on Practical Action's place in addressing the uses of technology, "Practical Action works at the nexus of development and the environment and our development approach has become ever more relevant. We need you all to join with us as we commit to using technology, not for consumerism, but to help end poverty and protect our planet.”.

Burn: Kenyan cookstove manufacturer makes one sale every five minutes with GACC support

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:35 GMT  (664 Views)
Recently receiving financial support from GACC to ramp up production in Kenya, Burn, a manufacturer of cookstoves in Nairobi, has a goal to provide quality and affordable cookstoves and a variety of cooking solutions that will save the consumer money, time and reduce indoor air pollution. Manufacturing in Africa is cheaper, but harder, according to Burn's General Manager. Roads are difficult to traverse, building the structure of a factory is more difficult to do than many other countries, and funds are needed for upfront investment. But these challenges are met with Burn's capacity to manufacture up to 8000 Jikokoas a month with a back room inventory of 20 000 Jikokoas at all times. Currently, they have a demand for 6000 stoves per month with one sale every five minutes and they hope to expand their consumer group to manufacture to capacity soon.

World Bank: Agreement with Bangledesh to help 1.1 million rural population to access clean energy

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:33 GMT  (637 Views)
The World Bank has signed a US$15 million grant agreement with Bangladesh to increase access to clean energy for targeted rural areas through output-based aid (OBA) subsidies. The grant is expected to benefit 1.1 million people living in poor, remote areas of Bangladesh currently lacking electricity from the power grid. The project will make clean energy affordable to low-income households without using the grid by bringing down the cost of 225 000 solar home systems and 2500 mini-grid connections. The grant will also facilitate investments in solar-powered irrigation to 6600 farmers, reducing the financial and environmental impact of diesel pumps as well as provide clean cooking solutions to over 9850 households through biogas plants.

IIED: New paper on delivering sustainable energy access in low income communities

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:30 GMT  (644 Views)
The International Institute for Environment and Development has created a new collection of papers by early-career researchers that draws on in-depth field research in Latin America, Asia and Africa to explore the challenges of delivering access to modern energy services. The chapters document the ongoing inequities of energy landscapes across a range of geographies, scales and political economic contexts. The authors draw attention to the need to take local people's needs and livelihood aspirations into account in efforts to address the ‘energy trilemma’.

Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership: Energy Working Group releases new Energy Toolkit

By:  on: Sat 01 of Aug., 2015 16:26 GMT  (627 Views)
The Energy Working Group of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership has released a first-of-its-kind Energy Toolkit, a unique collection of the leading instruments and methodologies for low-emission, climate-resilient development planning in the energy sector. Based on an extensive selection process with expert energy planners surveyed from around the world, the Toolkit showcases the industry’s premier planning tools, providing a shortlist of the world’s best low- or no-cost low-emission energy system planning instruments.

UNEP: Alleviating energy poverty in Haiti

By:  on: Thu 28 of May, 2015 17:37 GMT  (792 Views)
Haiti, a nation that has suffered from devastating natural disasters and deepening poverty, has one of the lowest electrification rates in the world-meaning that many use dirty fuels for lighting, with negative health and environmental effects. The USD 4.6 million UNEP-coordinated project-funded primarily by the Government of Norway in addition to other sponsors aims to improve access to modern energy services and increase economic development. Read more here:

Africa Future Energy Forum: 27-28 May 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

By:  on: Wed 29 of Apr., 2015 21:42 GMT  expires: Wed 29 of June, 2016 00:00 GMT  (1181 Views)
MCI-Middle East will be co-hosting the Africa Future Energy Forum on 27 - 28 May 2015 in Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Themed as Unlocking Africa's Energy Potential, the forum will bring together major stakeholders to discuss the policy, technology, and financing aspects of unlocking Africa's energy potential. Read more here:

Carbon Expo: The Global Intersection of Climate Finance, Carbon Markets and Clean Energy: 26-28 May, 2015, Barcelona, Spain

By:  on: Wed 29 of Apr., 2015 21:38 GMT  expires: Wed 29 of June, 2016 00:00 GMT  (1150 Views)
Carbon Expo now in its 12th edition, hosted annually since 2004, has been established as the world's largest multi-sectoral climate finance and carbon market Conference and Trade Fair. With the evolution of the carbon markets over the years, it has become the leading platform for progressive businesses, finance and governments, facilitating innovation, promoting enhanced understanding of new policy instruments and identifying ways to access and leverage climate finance, especially between countries facing comparable challenges. Read more here:

Second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum: 18-22 May, 2015, NYC

By:  on: Wed 29 of Apr., 2015 21:36 GMT  expires: Wed 29 of June, 2016 00:00 GMT  (1135 Views)
The Second UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum will focus on Financing Sustainable Energy for All, featuring the launch of the Global Sustainable energy for All Commitment Platform and the first ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue. This year's Forum will bring together world leaders and practitioners in New York City. Read more here:

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