September, 2017 Edition
Welcome to another edition of Africa Renewable Energy E-News for the renewable energy news, events and other related developments happening in Africa. The just concluded month of September came with various highlights and interesting news with the likes of the World Bank report on ‘Linking up: Public-Private Partnerships in Power Transmission in Africa’ which was also discussed during the recent Future Energy Central Africa Conference . This exclusive conference, that took place from 2-3 October in Yaoundé, Cameroon created a unique platform for delegates to identify potential business opportunities in response to an increasing power demand from the consumer and industry, enjoying rich and diversified energy resources.
Another interesting article titled ‘African Sun Powering Europe’ showcases how North Africa is expanding its energy sales across the Mediterranean. This is through green energy projects – particularly solar power – as a springboard to drive their energy ambitions. By taking advantage of the Saharan sun, the North African countries in particular Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, are hoping to reduce the cost of solar technology, create cleaner environments, and support the creation of new business and investment opportunities.
In line with the Women in Energy and Sustainable Energy (WESE), the inaugural first edition of the Women in Africa Forum (WIA) , took place in Marrakesh, Morocco between 25 and 27 September 2017, with over 300 regional and international leaders in attendance. Themed Investing for better governance with African women , the initiative featured a global network of leaders, women and men, working together for economic empowerment and carving out a greater role for women in the industry, enabling opportunities for African women, both at the workplace and at home.
Also good to note is that the UN Environment Chief has called for polluters to pay for environmental damage- not taxpayers.The Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, argued that costs from environmental degradation should be incorporated in the polluter companies’ accounts, and not transferred to consumers as extra costs. Erik Solheim addressed the issue when he appeared on the International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University.
Last but not least, this month’s E-News features journals and articles or papers from renowned energy experts and institutions. Find this new feature in the tab ‘Journals’ under the publications tab and dive a little bit deeper on technical issues regarding energy in Africa.Find this and many more in this month’s edition of the Africa Renewable Energy E-News!
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This showcases Renewable energy publications from recognized institutions and organizations.
"At UN Environment, we have a unique position and opportunity to bring together governments, businesses, scientists, civil society and the public. We can inspire, influence behaviour and policy, and help shape the way forward with good science and knowledgeable experts. But while we have great science, we need to translate that science into a language that everybody can relate to. For example, pollution is one of the main causes of death in the modern world – and by helping improve air quality we can also have a big impact on climate change. In other words, we have to better connect with people so that they can act, and encourage their governments to act. " Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director