On the eve of the third anniversary of Japan’s triple disaster of March 2011 – the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown – people in Fukushima are setting sail towards a nuclear-free future. At the beginning of February, one of Japan’s most important renewable energy events, the 3rd Community Power Conference took place in Fukushima, some 60 km away from the Daiichi nuclear power plant. Fukushima Prefecture and its 2 million inhabitants has committed to a 100% renewable energy target and is just in the process of formulating the implementation roadmap towards this goal. Personally speaking, visiting Fukushima was one of most impressive experiences I have had in recent years. [Read more →]
February 12, 2014 2 Comments
The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change.
By Sophie Yeo, RTCC
The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels completely in just over 25 years’ time. Energy will be generated locally through community energy initiatives and will provide a clean and self-sustaining source of heat and electricity throughout the area. [Read more →]
February 4, 2014 5 Comments
Developing countries are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to empower these countries to cope with the loss and damage already happening as a consequence of climate change. However, next to these necessary adaptation measures it is also important to mention, that the Global South can accelerate the economic development along a green trajectory while reducing poverty through the development of renewable energies. This has to be taken into account when discussing the design of newly emerging international funding mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
November 12, 2013 No Comments