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Energy blog posts

  • Money Matters: what role for finance in achieving universal energy access?
    This week saw key players from the energy world gather in Brooklyn, New York, at the SEforAll Forum to talk all things SDG7: that is, access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Overarching the vibrant panel discussions, a clear call has emerged: greater and more dynamic action is needed, and fast, if we are to achieve universal energy access on this tight timeline. Energy access is vital to achieving nearly every sustainable development goal and progress on […]
  • Margaret Kariuku — A self-established businesswoman
    Margaret Kariuku is a Kenyan woman who has not had the easiest path to success. As a mother of four, she has struggled to find a stable income to provide for herself and her children. “Three times, I have had to start again. Three times, I have had to rebuild my livelihood. It all begun in 2005, when I stopped working as a secretary in Nakuru town. I thought that I would get my life sorted, but as fate would […]
  • Making up time on Loss and Damage
    This week the world passed a benchmark when the 56th country submitted documents of ratification for the global climate change agreement that was signed in Paris in December 2015[1]. This was a significant step and raises the likelihood that the Paris agreement will be ratified in advance of the next global climate gathering in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016. One of the significant achievements (aside from it actually being passed!) was the inclusion of Article 8 on Loss and Damage. […]
  • Integrated Resource Planning and the April Energy Engagement Series
    What happens when we approach energy access from a perspective of how to provide energy services instead of simply focusing on expanding the supply of kilowatt hours? Underserved populations require consideration of latent demand as well as supply options, but to do this, planners often have to change how they approach these issues. At Practical Action and WRI’s most recent Energy Engagement Series event in Washington, DC,  Gilberto Jannuzzi talked about his work in Brazil delivering energy efficiency programs for low income […]
  • From adaptation to mitigation at COP21
    Week 1 – agriculture and adaptation COP21 got off to a rousing start, with some inspirational speeches by heads of state and world leaders. The objective was to inspire and guide the negotiators, however, the promises made appear to have been quickly dampened by national interests resulting in slower than expected progress, and even weakened options. Nairobi Work Programme The first week was dominated by matters concerning agriculture, forests, pastoralism and risk and adaptation. The Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation […]
  • Will COP21 deliver a Paris Protocol?
    Have the global negotiations for a new climate agreement switched from a marathon to an egg and spoon race? We are now in the final leg of the marathon negotiations for a new climate agreement. At the last meeting in Bonn, the negotiators were expected to intensify their pace, but by the end of the meeting it was clear no one had sped up, if anything the pace had slowed. We are now entering the final sprint to the line. […]
  • Reflecting on technology in the lead up to COP21, Paris
    These videos outline the background to the UNFCCC meetings held recently in preparation for the vital COP21 climate change talks in Paris at the end of November. Technology needs assessment Over the past year developing countries have been identifying their priority technology needs, to provide a basis for a portfolio of environmentally sustainable technology development.   The opportunities of decentralised renewable energy   In depth technical paper to facilitate detailed planning Find out more about our energy access policy Making climate change mitigation […]
  • Reflection on the Asia Clean Energy Forum ACEF2015
    Spending a week in Manila at the Asia Clean Energy Forum was an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn about what is going on in the energy access space in this key region of the world. What I learned there was both inspiring and disappointing however. Check out my thoughts on what the Asian Development Bank and others need to do to begin seriously addressing the global challenge of energy poverty.   Thank you for watching this video blog, which will […]
  • RECAP: The Energy-Agriculture Nexus
    This is a guest post from WRI’s Lily Odarno about the joint Energy Engagement Series Practical Action hosts with WRI each month in Washington, DC. This event is meant to be a discussion that brings together leaders in the energy access  space. This summary is from an event we held in May discussing the Energy-Agriculture nexus.  Discussions on the role of energy in development are becoming increasingly focused on the nexus between energy and other aspects of development. The energy-agriculture nexus […]
  • Controversial report on financing energy access from the UNSE4ALL
    I’m writing this blog while sitting in the very impressive surrounds of the UN General Assembly Hall in New York on the 3rd day of this year’s UN Sustainable Energy for All (UNSE4ALL) annual forum. It’s great to see so many people gathered in one place to discuss the goals of universal access to energy, a doubling of the amount of renewable energy in the global energy mix and a doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency. Although […]
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