The Paris agreement has been widely praised as an historic agreement, as “the world’s greatest diplomatic success”. For the first time, all nations have come together “to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action”, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after the announcement of the agreement.
But one of the key protagonists that should be really praised for is Africa, whose nations showed a clear standing and commitment for the scaling up of renewable energy. Indeed, the African delegation has been the only one setting themselves a mandate to increase RE in the COP21 negotiation text, “acknowledging the need to promote universal access to sustainable energy”. Africa is telling the world that they will lead by example. And there is no better approach than betting on Renewables.
December 17, 2015 No Comments
The CSP project NOORo next to the village of Tasselmante
Tasselmante is located in the Province of Ouarzazate at the edge of the Sahara Desert. It is a small mud-brick village built with the colors of the desert soil. In Amazigh, the language of the indigenous Berber population, Tasselmante means “the safe home”. Many historic monuments, such as the famous fortified castles called Kasbahs bear testimony of the times when the historic region of Ouarzazate was home to powerful dynasties reigning over Morocco. Today, however, these times are long gone. Green fields with fruits, dates and almonds as well as flourishing trade routes have turned into dried-up springs and streams, perished palm oases and abandoned farmland. While the Government of Morocco has made socio-economic development its primary national priority, until recently, the region was politically neglected and economically isolated. It is marked by some of the nation’s poorest infrastructures, concentrated poverty, high unemployment rates, and rural exodus. Additionally, the region is highly vulnerable to environmental stressors from climate change. Consecutive years of drought, erratic rainfall patterns, desertification, and water scarcity are now regular phenomena and pose severe threats to the people’s livelihoods.
August 12, 2015 No Comments
While delegates are negotiating until late hours in Lima, we already know that the past two weeks signal an important shift in fighting climate change: For the first time in 20 years of climate negotiations, governments at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru seriously discussed the need to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The phase out of fossil fuel emissions by mid-century was an idea that gained support from over 100 countries. [Read more →]
December 13, 2014 No Comments