Monthly Archives: July 2016

5Cs Daily Tip: Use Energy Efficient Appliances

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Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency.

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IRENA to Host 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi

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Access to electricity in remote and rural areas is necessary to combat poverty and meet the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. Roughly 15% of the world’s population lives without electricity and many more with unreliable access. Off-grid renewable energy solutions are a cost-effective, environmentally-sustainable and scalable option to expand access to electricity to reach unconnected areas.

The business case to deploy off-grid renewable energy solutions (stand-alone and mini-grid systems) in rural areas has never been stronger. The big question is – How can we scale-up off-grid renewable energy deployment?

To tackle this question, IRENA is organising the third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conferencefrom 30 September to 1 October 2016, in Nairobi. IOREC 2016 will convene the key stakeholders from the off-grid sector, including the private sector, financiers, policy makers and development institutions, to share experiences and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative…

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UN energy chief urges UK to maintain climate funds

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Rachel Kyte says world needs an active and generous Britain to solve myriad of development and climate problems

Meenakshi Dewan has been trained in solar power engineering by the Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP), an organisation funded by DFID (Pic: Dfid) Meenakshi Dewan has been trained in solar power engineering by the Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP), an organisation funded by DFID (Pic: Dfid)

The UN’s top energy official has urged Britain’s new government to remain “open and outward looking” and maintain its development budget commitments.

Rachel Kyte, chief executive of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative said the UK still had a critical global role to play despite a vote to leave the EU.

“Multilateralism is the cheapest most effective way to get things done – and we know that if people are not lifted up in their own economies there will be greater movements of people,” she said.

“It would be absurd to turn in on ourself and stop investing in the rest of the world and…

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Government of Belize to Receive Funding from the World Bank to Aid the Energy Resilience and Climate Adaptation Project

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 The Government of Belize completed a negotiation with the World Bank which agreed to provide funding for that country’s Energy Resilience and Climate Adaptation Project (ERCAP).

An integral component of Belize’s national development agenda is to develop strong sustainable energy policies and programmes that underpin the national economy. It is for this reason that since its formation in 2012, the Energy Unit of the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities has been working towards integrating energy in national development planning and decision making to catalyze sustainable development in Belize.

  1. This sustainable energy roadmap has five pillars:
  2.  Energy Efficiency – mainstreaming rational energy to end-use
  3. Renewable Energy – diversifying electricity and heat
  4. Clean Production – industrialization of the agro forestry cluster
  5. Governance – strengthening national capacity for sustainable energy
  6. Infrastructure & Access – building resiliency and achieving universal access to modern energy carriers.

In 2014, the World Bank…

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REGISTRATION OPEN: ONLINE COURSE “SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR SIDS”

Free online course on Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States under the L3EAP project (http://project-l3eap.eu). The course will start on 26 July with more information and registration at http://e-learning.project-l3eap.eu

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Climate change & Solar Radiation Management Workshop Caribbean: Live Stream

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You’re invited to a WORKSHOP on Solar Radiation Management: Research, Governance and Uncertainty

Thursday, July 7, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Physics Lecture Theatre,

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica

The presentations will be streamed live from 9.00 am-12 noon at http://tv.mona.uwi.edu/srm-meeting

Objectives

  • To introduce the science of SRM geoengineering
  • To introduce the numerous ethical and governance issues that SRM raises
  • To encourage participants to share their opinions and ideas on SRM and governance of research, and how Jamaica can become more involved in global discussions.
  • The ultimate goal is to start a conversation and to develop the capacity of Jamaican academics, NGO representatives and policymakers to have their voices heard in future international discussions

About Solar Radiation Management (SRM)

Solar radiation management geoengineering (SRM) is a controversial proposal for addressing some of the risks of climate change by blocking a small fraction of inbound sunlight. Its potential importance should…

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5Cs Daily Tip: Aluminum Recycling

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Recycling one ton of aluminum saves:

  • 14,000 kWh of energy
  • 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil
  • 237.6 million Btu's of energy
  • 10 cubic yards of landfill space 

Aluminum Recycling Tips

  • Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
  • Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.

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