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- MultimediaEpisode #8 Damilola Ogunbiyi: Putting People at the Center of Energy TransitionsThe CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) on whether the international community is failing on SDG7, what she thinks net zero means for Africa & how she challenges the stereotype of what an African leader looks like. Damilola Ogunbiyi is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.Learn More
- ReportRaising Global Energy Ambitions: The 1,000 kWh Modern Energy MinimumEnergy is fundamental to modern living and any competitive prosperous economy. SDG7 calls for modern energy for all, but the indicator for tracking progress against this goal is meeting a very low level of residential electricity consumption.Learn More
- ReportGoing Big on Power Africa: Fortifying the Initiative for Today's Urgent Challenges10 Recommendations to enhance Power Africa’s impact on energy poverty, economic development, and climate change The US Government’s Power Africa initiative grew out of a bipartisan commitment to addressing energy poverty.Learn More
- MemoPolicy Action for Climate Resilient Energy Systems in Small IslandsThe Imperative for Small Island Energy Resilience With over 30 storms named, 2020’s Atlantic hurricane season was the most active on record and the tenth consecutive year with eight or more billion-dollar disasters.1 The 2021 hurricane season is already underway, projected to extend the record to six consecutive seasons with above-normal storm activity.2 FIGURE 1: Natural disaster impacts to the Caribbean It is estimated that Caribbean countries suffer annual storm damages equivalent to 17% of GDP on average, with damages often well exceeding the size of the economy – Hurricane Maria is estimated to have cost Dominica 225% of its GDP in 2017.3 Natural disasters occur more frequently and cost more on average in the Caribbean than anywhere else (see Fig 1),4 and are compounded by economic reliance on climate-sensitive industries including agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. As such, the Caribbean consistently ranks as one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change and is prioritizing adaptation measures and infrastructure that may reduce the costs of climate-related disasters and build resilience to future shocks.Learn More
How Caribbean countries can leverage nature to finance clean energyExperts agree that climate change mitigation will ultimately require removing carbon from the atmosphere to the tune of a billion tons of CO2 per year in only a few decades.Continue Reading
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The Other Hidden Debt - How power contract transparency can help prevent future debt riskOriginally published in the IMF Public Financial Management Blog, June 21, 2022. Soon after the reformist businessman Hakainde Hichilema won Zambia's presidency in August 2021, he learned that his country’s finances were far worse than he feared.Continue Reading
Coffee Break Briefing with Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko on PPA WatchTo meet clean energy and energy access goals, we need to rapidly scale electricity through transparent, competitive power markets. But in most emerging markets, power contracts shrouded in secrecy prevent this progress. We launched our new initiative, PPA Watch, to shed light on the problem of secret power purchase agreements.Continue Reading
Hub launches PPA Watch, a new transparency initiativeFor the world to have any chance of scaling electricity fast enough to eradicate energy poverty or meet our clean energy goals, we need transparent, competitive power markets.Continue Reading
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How Power Contract Transparency Can Help Fight Poverty And Climate ChangeOriginally appeared in Forbes, June 1, 2022 The world must solve two global crises – energy poverty and climate change – at the same time.Continue Reading
PPA Transparency in 2 MinutesWe need to add 1,000 GW of new clean power every year until 2050 to reach net zero. Watch our quick video to learn why PPA transparency is needed to meet the world’s climate goals & the energy needs of billions. Visit www.ppawatch.org for more. Continue Reading
The promise and risks of negative emissions in AfricaGlobal climate change mitigation efforts lag behind what is required to deliver the Paris Agreement goals. As a result, integrated assessment models mapping out pathways to limit greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and keep warming under 1.5 degrees C increasingly rely on ‘negative emissions’, or carbon removal.Continue Reading
Lessons for Renewables Development from VietnamIn 2020, when the world was scrambling with the covid-19 pandemic, 10 countries in Southeast Asia region added cumulatively ~22 GW new installed power capacity, about 82% of this new capacity in 2020 was renewable – a notable new trend. While the installed fossil fuel capacity and renewables capacity were comparable in the last five years, the countries in this region are now turning more towards renewable.Continue Reading
The Russian invasion is an opening for US nuclear technologyRussia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted energy supply chains and raised financing costs across the world, creating major headwinds for both fossil fuels and renewables.Continue Reading
Coffee Break Briefing with Kanika Chawla: Preview of the SEforALL ForumAfter multiple postponements, the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will finally take place starting May 17 in Kigali, to share ideas to accelerate ending energy poverty, advance clean & just energy transitions, and raise the bar on energy access. To help set the stage, this Coffee Break Briefing features Kanika Chawla, UN-Energy Programme Manager at SEforALL.Continue Reading