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Press Release: EU-funded Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa Initiative Announced

A new EU-funded pilot initiative for market-based clean energy technologies and services deployment for South African municipal water works was launched last week at an EU Pavilion event at COP22. The event was organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the South African Department for Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).

Resilient Cities 2017

Resilient Cities 2017

Resilient Cities 2017 is the 8th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation. Convened by ICLEI and hosted by the City of Bonn, this congress provides a global meeting point for exchange of best practices in urban resilience and adaptation to climate change.

C40 Mayors Summit 2016

C40 is a network of more than 80 of the world’s largest cities, committed to collaborating to address climate change through urban action. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks while increasing the wealth and wellbeing of urban residents. In the ten years of the network's existence, C40 cities have taken 10,000 climate actions, and they aim to reduce emissions by 3 gigatons of CO2e by 2020.

Solar, the “sleeping lion” in Africa

A technician fits a solar panel on a corrugated rooftop. © Tom Gilks

With the vast majority of its population still energy poor, Africa is uniquely placed to leapfrog fossil fuel dependence and exploit its abundant natural resources in the form of sunlight, hydropower and wind. WWF and REEEP co-hosted a side event at the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) in Cape Town to discuss sustainable ways forward for Africa to bring modern energy to its people while minimizing the impacts on climate and environment.

 

 

Obama Acts

As I write this, Vienna is seeing another week of record high temperatures; 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record for this usually cool city, and this is of course only one of many hotspots around the globe. Despite the urgent need to take climate action, I confess that I was sceptical about the possibilities for progress at the Paris Climate Change Conference this December. 

REEEP investments in mini-hydro opportunities

REEEP venture Entura held a workshop in South Africa on March 5 to demonstrate to utilities how they can use mini hydro to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs. While Entura focused on the city of Durban and worked hand in hand with local eThekwini Water and Sanitation, the potential for scale and replication go far beyond the city limits. 

Building power and water infrastructure capability in South Africa

Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has identified opportunities for the South African city of Durban to increase its use of renewable energy, while at the same time driving down water infrastructure operating costs. Entura received a grant from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international non-profit organisation, to identify opportunities to install mini-hydro (100kW to 1MW) on existing water supply infrastructure. The opportunities identified would enable generation of energy from renewable sources without the need for large and costly new infrastructure.

REEEP Solar E-Bike Venture Opens in Hanoi

REEEP and Caritas Switzerland announced the opening of the Bach Khoa solar-powered e-bike station in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 12th, 2015. The venture, based in an innovative business model for recharging and servicing e-bikes in Hanoi, was made possible by the generous support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The solar e-bike system is a prime example of how the REEEP and SECO mission to provide crucial aid for market development and business innovation has enabled cutting-edge market-oriented solutions to environmental and development challenges.

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