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Zambian Rural Electrification Authority to work with REEEP´s Edison tool

The Zambian Rural Electrification Authority to work with REEEP to leverage the newly-redesigned Edison platform to as a key tool to monitor and support Zambiarural electrification.
After our online kick-off workshop and a first mission trip to Zambia, I want to share what we hope to achieve in this collaboration with REA.

Expediting climate change action through knowledge graphs

Climate change remains the most complex and challenging issue of our time. It is being worked on from varied angles by a diverse and growing number of actors. But who is working on what, and how? What is being learned? What data is being generated?

Knowledge graphs provide a route forward. They provide a means to connect scattered, siloed information, experiences and ideas so that we can recognise and build on the latest solutions, technologies and best practices.

What are knowledge graphs, how they are being used now, and how they can be used to support climate action? This article gives a first overview and is based on our new positioning paper “Climate change action through artificial intelligence: Putting knowledge graphs to work” (2020).


Sustainable Growth in India's Dairy Sector - Workshop and Next Steps

More than 6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products, the majority of whom live in low and middle-income countries. Milk is not only one of the few agricultural products that can be produced by the landless), it is also one of the most commonly consumed commodities in the world, with cow milk being the 5th most produced food commodity by volume of production. Therefore, improvements along the dairy value chain have widespread benefits for farmers, processors and consumers alike.

Greening India’s Dairy Value Chain - Travel Report

As a follow-up to the GIZ/REEEP project on Clean Energy Solutions for Milk Cooling in India and Kenya, which we implemented in 2017, this year we are working on a new venture called Greening India’s Dairy Value Chain (for a good overview of last year’s work, see the Energypedia article Clean Energy Solutions for Milk Cooling in India and Kenya).

Sustainable Milk Cooling – Entry points in the Kenyan and Indian dairy sectors

The project Business Cases for Milk Cooling analysed dairy value chains in India and Kenya and identified high-potential clean energy interventions for milk cooling, with the ultimate aim to increase efficiency and provide new economic opportunities for the actors in the value chains.

Sustainable Milk Cooling – Entry points for clean energy solutions in India's Dairy Value Chain

The project 2017 Business Cases for Milk Cooling (GIZ-REEEP) analyses experiences from dairy value chains in South Asia and East Africa to identify high potential clean energy interventions for increased efficiency and economic opportunity in Kenya and India for milk cooling.
Mission Trip to India (May 22nd – 26th 2017)
Dr. Blane Harvey and I travelled to Delhi on May 21st to spend a week meeting stakeholders from the dairy sector in order to confirm what we learnt from the literature, hear about specific details from those working in the field and to establish relationships for future engagement.

Renewables Tagger: A New Climate Tagger Feature, Developed by IRENA and REEEP

Climate Tagger is a suite of tools that was originally developed in 2011.
Utilizing the power of Linked Open Data and backed by REEEP's expansive Climate Smart Thesaurus, which was compiled with the help of over 50 experts in the field, Climate Tagger tags online resources with keywords automatically extracted from the text. Users can then choose to make their resources searchable by keywords, to have climate tagger recommend similar resources on their own or other websites, and even to provide definitions and translations for the keywords. The tool currently has around 200 registered users.
Most recently, an IRENA-REEEP collaboration has made possible the development of the brand-new Renewables Tagger: an extensive overhaul of thesaurus content related to renewable energy concepts and terminologies, as well as a new technical feature which allows users to pre-select only this new section of the thesaurus for tagging.

Towards a common vocabulary for climate change - part 2: reflections and next steps

As the Open Knowledge Hub project has evolved we’ve seen a number of exciting new ideas and collaborations emerge from among the project partners that really push forward the Open Knowledge agenda.
A good example of this came from a subset of partners with a shared interest in climate knowledge sharing. The project partners – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) had identified an opportunity to learn from each other to improve how the climate change information they held was being structured and described.  They also recognised that working together to address this issue should not only improve their ability to share their own information effectively but could also make a wider contribution of value to other knowledge brokers in the sector.

Towards a Common Vocabulary for Climate Change

This blog article has been written collaboratively by the project team.
Locating good quality and relevant information to help address climate change can be a challenging and time consuming task. Paradoxically, in an increasingly interconnected and information rich world, the sheer volume of information being produced globally and the multiplicity of possible sources can make identifying and accessing the right information for your own particular context and needs increasingly difficult.

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