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Reframing Climate Justice for Development: Six principles for supporting inclusive and equitable energy transitions in low-emitting energy-poor African countries
- PostRose Mutiso on TED: The energy Africa needs to develop — and fight climate changeRose Mutiso outlines how African countries need more energy, not less, to fight climate change and deserve the majority of the world's carbon budget to exercise their right to opportunity at the 2020 TED Countdown Conference. Watch her talk (6:42) here, or below: Learn More
- ReportThe Case for Transparency in Power Project Contracts: A proposal for the creation of global disclosure standards and PPA WatchThe purpose of a nation’s power sector is to deliver reliable electricity at the lowest cost and for the greatest benefit.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
Why would scarce development finance be needed for gas projects in Africa?BLUF: Downstream gas projects can have high impact in poor countries but unlocking project financing almost always requires offtaker risk mitigation. Context: African countries will need to meet growing energy demand.Continue Reading
What will the ‘Just Energy Transition’ mean for African cities? A Kampala case studyKampala, Uganda’s capital city, joined the Covenant of Mayors in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, thereby committing to establish and implement strategies for sustainable low-carbon development.Continue Reading
7 post-election priorities for Ghana’s energy sectorPresident Nana Akufo-Addo’s first term began in 2016 amidst Ghana’s “dumsor” power crisis and other energy-related challenges including inadequate investment in transmission infrastructure and high commercial and technical losses.Continue Reading
The African Energy Transition DebateWhat does the global race to ‘net-zero’ mean for Nigeria? The energy transition challenge facing African countries is both daunting and unique -- prompting debate over what the race to ‘net-zero’ will mean for them.Continue Reading
Defining ‘Just Transitions’ in the Africa ContextThe latest climate science shows a shrinking carbon budget that requires deep and immediate decarbonization in industrialized economies, and swift action to ensure sustainable, low carbon development pathways in emerging economies.1 At the same time, the climate crisis is embedded within a global context of historic, systemic, and growing inequality which perpetuates deep poverty, resource and labor exploitation, unemployment, unfair distribution of the burden of pollution and emissions, and ultimately heightened social and economic vulnerability to climate impacts. Out of this contradiction, many local movements have emerged advocating that a fair economy and a low-carbon environment must coexist: if the process of transitioning to low carbon economies is not “just,” the outcomes cannot be sustainable.Continue Reading
First-of-its-kind for Sub-Saharan Africa: what remains for Ghana to successfully launch Tema LNG?In 2018, Tema LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) began construction on Sub-Saharan Africa’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. TLTC will employ an innovative combination of a purpose-built Floating Regasification Unit (FRU) twinned with a modified LNG carrier to receive, store and re-gasify the LNG. The Tema project will have a capacity of 230 mil.Continue Reading
Update October 2021: MCC Compacts and the Power SectorContext: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a small, focused US agency which provides assistance to countries that (a) promote economic freedom, (b) rule justly, and (c) invest in people.Continue Reading
Reframing Climate Justice for Development: Six principles for supporting inclusive and equitable energy transitions in low-emitting energy-poor African countriesAdvancing inclusive and equitable energy transitions is one of this century’s most vital global challenges, and one in which development finance will play a crucial role.Continue Reading
The DFC, World Bank, and how a nuanced compromise on gas financing for poor countries could quietly become a blanket ban (hint: ask the Kosovars)The debate over whether development finance should be allowed for downstream gas projects appears to be settling toward a compromise that makes such investments rare but not impossible.Continue Reading
How public funders can help take coal offline ahead of schedule: Three financial optionsTo achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century, the International Energy Agency projects a need to phase out all unabated coal-fired power plants by 2040.1 This has significant potential implications for emerging markets, since an estimated 70% of existing coal-fired capacity (and over 90% of planned capacity) is in China, India, and about 20 other countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.2 Public and private funders are exploring various market-based options to accelerate the decommissioning of coal generation assets. Potential financing structures to accelerate decommissioning Options include the following three public-private mechanisms, each of which requires some form of concessionary public capital or guarantee: 1.Continue Reading