Electricity in Africa can be both affordable and profitable – World Bank report

A new World Bank study outlines how Sub-Saharan Africa’s struggling power utilities can be financially viable and at the same time make electricity access affordable for the poor.

Currently, only one in three Africans has access to electricity and for those who do, power outages can be common as cash-strapped utilities struggle to maintain steady, reliable supply because of lack of investment in their aging infrastructure.

Asia, seize the chance for a low-carbon future

Strong leadership and smart policymaking will be necessary for Asia to make the transition to this new world, where lives, livelihoods and businesses are transformed.

On Nov 4, the historic Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force. There are both challenges and opportunities for Asia in taking the ambition of the Paris Agreement to build stronger and more inclusive, cleaner economies - and in doing so, transform lives, livelihoods and businesses across the region.

Energy efficiency gains ground despite lower energy prices - IEA

Economies have needed less energy to grow in recent years, especially in China and other developing countries, but more vigorous policies are needed to achieve climate targets, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report says.

As governments focus on implementing their commitments to save energy and reduce carbon emissions under the recently ratified Paris Agreement, the IEA report highlights the progress made by energy efficiency policies around the world over the past year.

“Unstoppable” momentum brings Paris Agreement into force on 4 November – Ban Ki-moon

The Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force on 4 November, as enough countries have signed on to the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions threshold that will trigger its implementation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced.

“I am delighted to announce that today the Paris Agreement will cross the second and final threshold needed for entry into force, and will enter into force on 4 November 2016,” Ban said in a statement on 5 October.