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
It is often overlooked—or conveniently forgotten—that the early industrial revolution was powered 100% by renewable energy. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that fossil fuels began to overtake renewable energy in industrial economies around the world.
Today there are communities around the world celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in electricity supply. A growing global movement among local and regional governments is proving that meeting 100% of our energy demand with renewable energy is viable. [Read more →]
October 10, 2013 No Comments
In 2007, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced the ambitious target of having 90 percent of the country’s electricity generation from renewable sources by 2025. This target was to support the Emissions Trading Scheme which her government passed in the same year. Although the Clark government and its emissions trading scheme are long gone, the new centre-right National government has kept the renewable electricity target. While I’m a strong supporter of this bold policy, I am also aware that promises are cheap for governments, especially when the deadline is still years in the future. The initial modelling report described the 90 percent target as ‘challenging but achievable’. In this post, I want to explore whether this really is the case. [Read more →]
September 16, 2013 1 Comment