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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
- 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
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Phasing out coal plants worldwide won’t be easy. These four approaches could help.More than 40 countries say they’ll phase out coal-fired power plants in the next 20 years Originally appeared in The Washington Post Monkey Cage, December 2, 2021. Reducing coal use around the world is critical for decreasing air pollution and addressing climate change, yet global coal consumption continues to grow in some regions.Continue Reading
What’s reliability without voltage quality?This post is co-authored with Joshua Adkins, Eric Hsu, Noah Klugman, Adam Streff, and Alexandra Wall. Policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of energy access for sustainable development.Continue Reading
Patchy progress: Key takeaways from the African Development Bank’s Electricity Regulatory IndexPolicy gaps, regulatory opacity, and the risk of protracted arbitration can bog down or stymie investment in new power projects in most electricity markets across sub-Saharan Africa.Continue Reading
What makes a “credible alternative” credible? Principles for fossil fuel vetting in development financeSummary A credible alternative requires an actual project with similar timelines, cost, and energy service. A simple tiered approach would best meet the policy’s intended balance of climate and development goals. The World Bank’s recent experience with a similar approach shows the substantial risk of getting the process wrong. Context.Continue Reading
What did COP26 deliver for energy poor nations? Our five Big TakeawaysPlenty of hot takes from Glasgow. Here are ours: The Big Story: African leaders stepped up to argue forcefully for fairer treatment and increased agency.Continue Reading
Job Opportunity: Policy Communications Associate and Podcast ProducerThe Energy for Growth Hub is seeking an Associate to join our team to help design and execute communications and messaging for Hub research products and initiatives and produce the Hub’s podcast, High Energy Planet.Continue Reading
Climate Finance for South Africa at COP26: Watch this space.Anticipated Announcements at COP26: All eyes on Glasgow Amidst a lot of speculation about climate finance announcements at COP26, South Africa and the EU (on behalf of partners France, Germany, UK, and USA) have confirmed that a deal for an accelerated and just coal phaseout in South Africa will soon be revealed.Continue Reading
Strategies to increase finance for resilience in small islandsThe Caribbean islands rally firmly behind the “1.5° to stay alive” movement, for a limit to 1.5°C of global warming over pre-industrial levels before the end of the current century.1 At the current pace, the earth has already seen 1.1°C of warming. Many Caribbean islands are already experiencing annual hurricane damages that exceed 0.5% of GDP on average, which will only intensify without drastic global climate action.2 As such the Caribbean is prioritizing adaptation to shore up critical infrastructure that may reduce the costs of climate-related disasters and build resilience to future shocks.Continue Reading
Enhancing Public Participation in Kenya’s Power Purchase Agreement ProcessWhile Kenya’s power sector has made huge strides in recent years, it continues to face major challenges including high electricity tariffs, a loss-making utility, and low-quality service.Continue Reading
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I know, you're sick of reading about COP. Here's your coal crib sheet.The issues swirling around coal are messy and contentious (not unlike almost everything else about this year’s COP…). Luckily, the Hub’s got you covered: All eyes on India.Continue Reading