Should We Switch The Language of Climate Crisis Away From “Renewables?”

Switch from ‘Renewable’ to ‘Actual Measurable Impacts of each Technology’

Abandoning the term “renewable energy” may help the fight against climate change, say Atte Harjanne and Janne M. Korhonen in an article in the journal Energy Policy. While it might seem somewhat futile to try to dramatically transform discourse that is so deeply ingrained within a field, the authors say that we must acknowledge the collective global failure in mitigating climate change alongside the institutionalized concepts that seem to have played a role in that failure.

The researchers analyzed the history of the concept of renewable energy, and many examples of problematic issues regarding its use emerged. With an institutional theory framework that focuses on problems inherent with the vocabulary of climate change rather than the science itself, the authors discuss how specific energy generation methods commonly described as “renewable” can hide the complexities of alternative policy options. The authors’ argument centers on the great diversity of renewable energy sources, leading to the conclusion that lumping all renewable technologies together can limit the more valuable comparisons of the benefits and disadvantages of different energy generation methods in a variety of situations.

Harjanne, a doctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Business in Finland, acknowledges that climate change is “the most pressing issue of our time. Rather than focusing on renewables, we should be looking at the actual measurable impacts of each technology.” The report suggests that climate change language should be used that describes low carbon content in the energy generating process and the lowest possible levels of combustion as the 2 key favorable factors for any technology. Read More

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Caribbean at Annual Meeting of the AMS

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Dr Leonard Nurse, Chairman of the Board and Mr Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) attended the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in their personal capacities. Other participants from the Caribbean at the meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA from 6 to 10 January 2019 included Dr David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Mr Glendell de Souza, Deputy Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and representatives of the national Meteorological Services of the Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Suriname.

There were several presentations by scientists from the CIMH. Shawn Boyce presented on “Impact-Based Forecasting and Assessment in the Caribbean”. Lawrence Pologne delivered a presentation on “The Potential, Viability and Co-benefits of Developing Wind Energy to Mitigate Climate Change in the Caribbean” based on his University of the West…

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Request for Expressions of Interest – National Coordinator, WRSN S-Barbados

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is invitingExpressions of Interest from Individual Consultants for the position of National Project Coordinator. This is a long term consultancy to support the implementation of the”Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WRSN S-Barbados) Project”.

Peruse the official Request for Expressions of Interest and its accompanying Terms of Reference.

Expressions of interest must be delivered electronically by 10:00 am Belize time (GMT-6) onMonday February 4th 2019to the email addressmnestor@caribbeanclimate.bz.The Request for Expressions of Interest and related Terms of Reference could be accessed here.

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COP 24 Adopts Paris Agreement Rulebook – Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and Climate Change Negotiator

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After two weeks of intense negotiations that went 28 hours into overtime, COP 24 adopted a 133-page “rulebook” for the Paris Agreement. These rules which are contained in a series of Decisions contain the modalities and procedures on how the various articles of the Paris Agreement are to be implemented.

The COP welcomed the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to which the Parties in the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) had failed to agree the previous week. This report was used to inform the Talanoa Dialogue, which encouraged Parties to consider the outcomes of the Dialogue to inform the preparation of the NDCs and pre-2020 ambition.

Guidelines were adopted for the preparation of NDCs including common timeframes commencing in 2030. The NDCs will be posted on a Registry to be developed and maintained by the Secretariat…

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Photo Competition: Empowering women, how can sustainable energy change people’s lives?

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Source: Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+), 19 April, 2018

Send your best pictures capturing the active role of women in the sustainable energy sector and win energy friendly prizes. Deadline 13 May.

A nice opportunity to capture the best picture of GCCA projects working in the energy sector.

EuropeAid is searching for photo contributions that demonstrate how women can impact the energy sector, and how they can benefit and use sustainable energy for their business, daily activities, income generating activities, etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to win a Nikon camera kit, an adult scooter, a solar lamp, a solar charger and other prizes. The first 50 participants uploading their eligible photo will receive an EU sustainable goodies package.

The contest can be accessed directly via the following link: https://a.cstmapp.com/p/24658 or through the announcement placed on DG DEVCO’s website: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/118983

Participants can check the rules available in English, French and Spanish and upload their photos…

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Geothermal energy can fuel future of Eastern Caribbean

 

LONDON, United Kingdom–Though geothermal energy is a more involved and expensive undertaking than other renewables, its significant benefits make it an ideal way for the Eastern Caribbean to gain greater energy independence, reduce energy costs and achieve sustainable development.

The islands of the Eastern Caribbean are renowned for their natural beauty and rich culture. But the volcanic origin of these islands has not only created breathtaking scenery, it could soon provide the solution to the region’s quest for clean, renewable and affordable energy.
Like most small island developing states (SIDS), the countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) spend a large part of their earnings on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy needs, yet they also boast high levels of solar radiation, good wind regimes and impressive geothermal potential.
Across the world, the cost of energy has a major influence on quality of life. Energy represents a significant cost to households, businesses and states. Reductions in the cost of technologies such as solar have led to promising growth in the renewable energy sector, but to make this sector a significant contributor to electricity generation in the OECS, efforts must include geothermal energy development.
The International Renewable Energy Agency reports that geothermal deployment worldwide reached a total installed capacity of 12.7 gigawatts in 2016, a level well below its potential. However, there is increasing recognition of its many advantages over other technologies, which may explain why global geothermal output has risen by 26 per cent in just over five years. Read More

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CUC, OfReg plan major changes for consumers, renewable energy program

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Seeking to diffuse peak power demands, the Caribbean Utilities Company will make major changes, starting this month, to its renewable energy program ahead of a report about allocating resources during the next 30 years.

The changes, according to CUC and regulators at the Utilities and Competition Office, will include raising the 9 megawatt cap on the Consumer Owned Renewable Energy program, known as CORE, reducing some payments to program subscribers, expanding the size of private solar arrays – called “distributed energy resources” – and allowing them to connect to the national electricity grid without belonging to CORE.

The company says further changes will follow in January when it announces fresh charges for demand billing customers – temporarily limited to large commercial enterprises.

The changes come as CUC meets steadily rising power demands – reaching a record 105.6 megawatts on Aug. 29, according to its third-quarter report earlier this month – and makes increasing investments to meet them. In July 2016, for example, the utility commissioned two new 18.7 MW diesel generators, costing $85 million, designed to last 25 years.

CUC said it will accompany its new “demand billing” scheme, based on a consumers’ highest use of power in any given month, by efforts to diffuse peak demand and control consumption, reducing pressure on both generation and distribution assets.

(https://www.caymancompass.com/2017/11/20/cuc-ofreg-plan-major-changes-for-consumers-renewable-energy-program/

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First Meeting Between IAEA and Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Takes Place

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November 13, 2017 

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, visiting the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, with staff from the IAEA Division for Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo: IAEA)

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) visited the IAEA and its laboratories to discuss areas for cooperation with the Agency. The Center, based in Belize, was established in 2002 by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and officially opened in August 2017. The CCCCC plays an important role in coordinating the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming through numerous projects and scientific research.  The visit of the CCCCC took place 30 October to 3 November.

The CCCCC delegation, led by CCCCC Executive Director, Kenneth Leslie, included Ulric Trotz, Deputy Executive Director and Science Adviser, Mark Byone, Assistant Executive…

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Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

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There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) held a press briefing on their partnership with Solar Head of State (SHOS) – two non-profits getting together to promote renewable energy in the Caribbean. SHOS’ James Ellsmoor was in Jamaica recently, and as noted below, there are plans to install solar panels at the Office of the Prime Minister in January.

“Renewable energy is an inevitability for the Caribbean, and the question is not if, but when.”

Here is the SHOS press release, followed by profiles of the CYEN delegates at COP23 – a great introduction to the energy…

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Guyana builds Climate Resilience

PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; September 19, 2017 – A National Training Workshop on the use of Climate Impact Tools and Models for Decision Making is currently underway at the University of Guyana’s Computer Lab in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop will run from September 20 to 27, and being held under the USAID-sponsored Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID- CCAP).

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is implementing the project that aims to build resilience in the development initiatives of 10 countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, as they tackle climate change induced challenges.

Under the project the Caribbean Assessment Regional DROught (CARiDRO) tool; the Weather Generator, the Tropical Storm Model and accompanying web portal and data sets have been developed and are introduced to countries of the Eastern Caribbean to help countries to enhance their development activities and reduce the risks to their natural assets and populations, due to climate change.

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