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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.

Invest

REEEP invests in clean energy markets, targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as drivers of innovation and change in high-impact value chains. Efficient and sustainable value chains are essential for creating the green growth the world needs in order to build prosperity, fight poverty and reduce environmental and climate damage.

UNIDO and REEEP join hands to co-host the next generation of PFAN to accelerate private financing for clean energy businesses in the developing world

VIENNA, 26 November, 2015. The governing board of the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN), a multilateral public-private partnership that connects clean energy businesses with private financing, announced today that it has entered negotiations with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) for the two organizations to jointly host the next generation of PFAN in Vienna.

IRENA and DTU Launch World’s Most Detailed Wind Resource Data

The most detailed data and statistics on global wind energy potential are now available online, thanks to a free resource launched today by IRENA and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The Global Wind Atlas provides wind resource data at one-kilometre resolution. Prior to this release, global wind data was only publically available at 10-kilometre resolution or poorer, which resulted in underestimations, increased risk and increased costs for wind energy planners. 

REEEP Kenya Ventures Announced as Powering Agriculture Innovators

REEEP is proud to announce that two ventures from its Powering Agrifood Value Chains 2015 Portfolio have been announced as 2015 Innovators of the Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC). Sunculture and Futurepump, providers of solar-powered irrigation systems to medium and smallholder farmers, respectively, are "helping to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions that will enhance agricultural yields/productivity, decrease post-harvest loss, improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues, and/or increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses all while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries."

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.

 

 

CDKN and HELIO International release Inside Story on Smart Energy Pathways for West Africa

One initiative to overcome energy challenges in West Africa's Benin, Mali and Togo is the ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa (EERA)’ project, which focuses on reinforcing national technical and institutional capacities and is implementing a multi-sectoral participatory approach to decision-making in each country. This goes beyond the ministries in charge of energy and includes analyses of national energy systems and policies.

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. 

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