2016 is on course to be not just the hottest on record, but also probably the dirtiest and most hazardous too. “The climate has broken records in 2016“ says World Meteorological Organization chief Petteri Taalas. Smog once again returned to haunt many of the world’s cities notably in China, Europe and India - with the primary cause the same as climate change: the burning of fossil fuels.
The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. If you ask the World Economic Forum (WEF), the day has arrived.
It’s a chemical engineer’s job to chase pipe dreams.
Unlike many of their fellow engineers though, Aniruddha Sharma and Prateek Bumb have something to show for their many years of toil. The company they founded in 2009, called Carbon Clean Solutions, has created a crucial technology the world needs to reach the low carbon-emissions targets set out in the Paris climate agreement.
2016 was a pivotal year for sustainable energy.
More than 160 countries have now publicly announced clean energy plans to be achieved between 2020 and 2030.
Countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour - half the average global cost of coal power.
Fortune 500 companies are sourcing renewable energy at levels that did not seem conceivable just a few years ago.
Today, there are 1.1 billion people worldwide who still have little or no access to electricity. Over half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. And more than 80% of those living in that region still do not have access to clean cooking. But Africa is poised to become a huge part of the clean energy solution. Rachel Kyte - CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All - talks to CNN about the plan to close the energy access gap in Africa - and around the world - and how we can get it done well before 2030.
The scope of global fossil fuel divestment has doubled over the past 15 months, with institutions and individuals controlling just under $5.2 trillion in assets now pledging to divest.
The Government of Cameroon recently announced the adoption of a National LPG Master Plan to support increased liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) use for household cooking in Cameroon from the current 12% of the population to 58% by 2030 – the equivalent of 18 million Cameroonians.
This increased goal of more Cameroon households using LPG, instead of cooking with solid fuels like wood and charcoal, will help reduce both ongoing deforestation and harmful health effects of air pollution.
MARRAKECH, Morocco - COP22 closed with renewed calls to fast-track action and maintain the highest possible level of ambition in combating climate change, while ensuring universal access to sustainable energy.
This year’s UN climate change conference was held less than a year after the Sustainable Development Goals came into force and the historic Paris Agreement was struck at COP21 – an Agreement that came into effect just days before the Marrakech talks opened.
Decentralised options for rural electrification are overwhelmingly superior to the grid in terms of economics and speed, Practical Action says in its Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2016. Take a look at how mini-grids and stand-alone systems can change people’s lives for the better.
The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2016 (WEO-2016) maps out scenarios for the global energy system by 2040, but the world needs to go well beyond its current policies and pledges to meet the promises of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.