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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
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
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Air-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate CrisisOriginally posted in Scientific American, May 10, 2022. We need to protect vulnerable people from killer heat without destroying the environment A record-breaking heat wave is sweeping South Asia, threatening hundreds of millions of people with deadly temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.Continue Reading
Episode #14 Ashvin Dayal: We Need to Redefine Energy & Development ProgressDayal, Senior Vice President of Power & Climate and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet at The Rockefeller Foundation, discusses how he got into working on energy, why he believes in raising the definition of energy access, and the power of philanthropy. Ashvin Dayal leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s Power & Climate program, aimed at scaling up energy access and accelerating an inclusive energy transition in emerging markets.Continue Reading
How Can Electric Transportation Advance Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda?The global push to decarbonize, coupled with rapidly growing markets for electric vehicles (EVs) in industrialized nations, is raising the question: what’s needed to shape and invest in Africa’s EV future? A just transition to low-carbon transportation will necessitate the creation of policies and solutions that support socio-economic development, sustainability, and affordability.Continue Reading
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Where are Africa’s Clean Energy Projects? A proactive agenda for the US GovernmentBLUF: The USG wants to fund as many new clean energy projects in Africa as possible, but the pool of bankable utility-scale generation projects is running dry.Continue Reading
Katie Auth at ORF panel on Security & Access: US Cooperation with the Developing WorldHow does the Ukraine Crisis, the pandemic, and the challenge of climate change affect emerging markets' demand for energy and need for energy security? Katie Auth joined an ORF panel to discuss with Andrew Light (Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, U.S.Continue Reading
Todd Moss speaks at the G20: "Achieving Global Energy Access Goals in the Decade of Action"Todd Moss gives a presentation on the Modern Energy Minimum at the G20 Webinar Series "Achieving Global Energy Access Goals in the Decade of Action" on April 27, 2022. Watch his presentation on YouTube, or see it below: https://youtu.be/uZPPw1Kau8o?t=2804Continue Reading
Rose Mutiso on Inside the Energy Transition PodcastIs the energy transition only truly happening in the West? Politicians like to point fingers at those who ‘aren’t doing their bit’.Continue Reading