Sustainability: Guterres underlines climate action urgency

Sustainability: Guterres underlines climate action urgency

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for urgent climate action and increased ambition ahead of his climate summit in September, after the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) released data showing the past four years were officially the ‘four warmest on record’. His reaction on Wednesday came after WMO issued a report confirming that 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 were the four warmest years recorded to date. The analysis, based on the monitoring performed…

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Mozambique: First large-scale solar plant active in May

Mozambique: First large-scale solar plant active in May

Mozambique’s first solar power plant has secured financing. Construction is expected to start in May, with the facility operational by early 2019, government sources have told Lusa. “It will be the country’s first large-scale solar plant, and represents an important step in Mozambique’s ambition to increase the renewable sources share of its electricity production,” the developer said. The large solar panel array will cover a 126-hectare site in Mocuba, central Zambezia province, and is the…

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Africa Renewables: “Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal”- SA Minister

Africa Renewables: “Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal”- SA Minister

The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual Southern African Coal Conference, on Thursday, that the movement towards clean energy was moving “at breakneck speed”. “Coal mining is under siege. If you don’t understand that, you are from another…

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Renewables: Mozambique to Benefit from SunFunder/SolarWorks! Debt Facility

Renewables: Mozambique to Benefit from SunFunder/SolarWorks! Debt Facility

SunFunder closed a $2 million debt facility with SolarWorks!, a leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) solar home system and energy services provider in Southern Africa. The investment took an innovative multi-currency approach through a partnership with US-based currency hedging company MFX Solutions. It will be used primarily for working capital to accelerate SolarWorks!’ growth in Mozambique and marks the first transaction in that country for both SunFunder and MFX. They expect the financing to directly impact the…

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Africa Energy: TESLA to Enter Nigerian Energy Market

Africa Energy: TESLA to Enter Nigerian Energy Market

US electric car manufacturer, TESLA, plans to introduce batteries on the Nigerian market that can power homes and businesses. The batteries would allow for consumers’ in remote areas without access to the national power grid a more stabilized and clean energy source. Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprise, Alex Okoh, said, “TESLA’s introduction could take advantage of palpable outrage in a country where over 190 million people share barely 400 MW of power”….

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Africa Renewables: Ethiopia Issues Tender for Solar Plants

Africa Renewables: Ethiopia Issues Tender for Solar Plants

In Ethiopia, the Ministry of Energy launched a call for tenders for the installation of six large-scale solar power plants. The plants would have a combined capacity of almost 800 MW and be located in the states of Afar, Somali, Oromia and Tigray. The solar plants are being developed as part of a public-private partnership at an estimated cost of approximately $795 million, which will be partially funded by the government. These projects are being…

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Africa Renewables: Angola and UAE to Cooperate on Energy

Africa Renewables: Angola and UAE to Cooperate on Energy

Angola signed three cooperation agreements with the UAE. The agreements cover the fields of energy production, transmission and distribution, as well as in the supply of drinking water. These agreements concern the setting up of a power plant in Moxico and the installation of an electrical transmission system in order to integrate the eastern region of the country into the entire national electricity grid. The plant will have a projected capacity of 350 to 400…

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Global Industry: Ireland IEA’s next global conference

Global Industry: Ireland  IEA’s next global conference

IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol announced last week that Ireland this year will host our fourth annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin on 24 June 2019.

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Sustainability: “We are losing the race on climate change” – UN chief Antonio Guterres

Sustainability: “We are losing the race on climate change” – UN chief Antonio Guterres

The world is “losing the race” against climate change, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Thursday at the elite Davos forum, demanding bolder action from governments to arrest catastrophic warming.

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Sustainability: World urged to reuse natural resources to save planet

Sustainability: World urged to reuse natural resources to save planet

More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually – including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass – are currently put back into service, said a report by Amsterdam-based social enterprise Circle Economy. CEO Harald Friedl told the Thomson Reuters Foundation more…

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