"Wind and solar energy are disrupting a century-old model of providing electricity. What will replace it?"
This study assessed the costs and benefits of removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) and import duties on household energy products: solar photovoltaic (PV) lanterns, solar home systems and improved cookstoves. It includes an economic model detailing the results. The report is available here
Electronic waste (e-waste) impacts and mitigation options in the off-grid renewable energy sector
According to the Social Impact Metrics from the Global Off-grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), over 76 million people worldwide have benefited from improved energy access from off-grid lighting products.
Consumers are saving over GBP 2.6 billion from savings on lighting and phone charging costs compared to traditional energy sources.
Current waste volumes from this sector are almost negligible, in proportion to the quantity and environmental impact of the total e-waste stream. This report’s estimate of the expected volumes of end-of-life off-grid solar products in the 14 Energy Africa countries includes three case studies in Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. The estimates show that off-grid products represent less than 0.5% of the overall e-waste stream.
Link to report here
"Renewables are now cost competitive with fossil fuels in many markets and are established around the world as mainstream sources of energy.
2015 was a year of firsts and high-profile agreements and announcements related to renewable energy. These include commitments by both the G7 and the G20 to accelerate access to renewable energy and to advance energy eiciency, and the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on Sustainable Energy for All (SDG 7).
Rapid growth, particularly in the power sector, is driven by several factors, including the improving cost-competiveness of renewable technologies, dedicated policy initiatives, better access to financing, energy security and environmental concerns, growing demand for energy in developing and emerging economies, and the need for access to modern energy. Consequently, new markets for both centralised and distributed renewable energy are emerging in all regions."
"Sales of off-grid solar products in emerging markets are expected to reach $3.1 billion, providing access to improved energy for 99 million households with no access to the grid."
Link: 2016 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends report
G20 governments spent an average of $452 billion each year in 2013 and 2014 to support fossil fuel production:
‘Empty Promises: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production’
"The Energy Africa Campaign will deliver a leapfrog model energy push to 14 sub-Saharan African nations, bringing off-grid solar power to thousands of regions to usurp kerosene, wood and candles as the primary source of power for rural areas."
Transforming our World: the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development’ was gavelled through by the Irish and Kenyan co-facilitators on Sunday 2 August.
Rachel Kyte, World Bank Climate Change Envoy:
"We need to extend access to energy to the poor and we need to do it the cleanest way possible because the social costs of coal are uncounted and damaging, just as the global emissions count is damaging as well.”
Bill Gates is planning to double his personal investment in innovative green technologies to $2bn over the next five years in an attempt to “bend the curve” in combating climate change.
Betting heavily on innovation, Gates has already invested $1bn directly in about 15 companies and indirectly in another 30, via venture capital funds. He expects to double this in 5 years.
Link to FT article