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 Comments Off on Africa will lead by example in the Renewable Energy transformation
While national negotiators work to broker a climate deal in Paris, mayors from around the world showed yesterday that a global movement of local climate action is already underway. At the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, about 1000 mayors signed a declaration that supports a transition to 100% Renewable Energy. And in fact, events across the COP21 amplify the leadership of local governments and their important role for combating climate change. [Read more →]
December 5, 2015 Comments Off on Cities For Climate at COP21 in Paris
A little over two years ago, 10 international organisations had an ambitious idea. Building on the successes of 100% renewable energy regions and towns, they would take the concept to the world and promote the idea to a global audience. Looking at Germany, the Energiewende had become mainstream and had brought energy independence to millions of citizens through cooperatives, and small-scale renewable energy projects. The goal of the Global 100% RE campaign has been to mainstream this movement in other countries, and within a couple of years, the it had met many of its goals, with articles on 100% RE regions and cities popping up in major publications such as The Guardian and Cleantechnica. Governments across the world were taking notice; a movement had been born.
August 14, 2015 Comments Off on Creating 100% renewable energy laws that are difficult to repeal