<![CDATA[IDLS Partners Ltd - Blog]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:18:49 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Off-grid solar - Guidance for Governments by GOGLA]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:07:28 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/off-grid-solar-guidance-for-governments-by-goglaNew report - Providing Energy Access through Off-Grid Solar: Guidance for Governments​
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<![CDATA[Economist article on Wind/Solar and utility model]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:22:25 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/economist-article-on-windsolar-and-utility-model"Wind and solar energy are disrupting a century-old model of providing electricity. What will replace it?"

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<![CDATA[New Energy Africa Report on taxes for off-grid products]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:59:55 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/new-energy-africa-report-on-taxes-for-off-grid-productsThis 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]]><![CDATA[New Energy Africa report on e-waste]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:11:09 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/new-energy-africa-report-on-e-wasteElectronic 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.

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<![CDATA[Ren21 Global Status Report]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:25:17 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/ren21-global-status-report "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 e‡iciency, 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."

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<![CDATA[2016 Off Grid Solar Market Report by GOGLA/WBG/BNEF]]>Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:46:07 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/2016-off-grid-solar-market-report-by-goglawbgbnef"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."

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<![CDATA[G20 fossil fuel subsidies $452 billion/year: report]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:28:48 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/g20-fossil-fuel-subsidies-452-billionyear-reportG20 governments spent an average of $452 billion each year in 2013 and 2014 to support fossil fuel production:
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<![CDATA[Energy Africa launch - with support of Geldof, Branson, Annan]]>Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:34:51 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/energy-africa-launch-with-support-of-geldof-branson-annan"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."

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<![CDATA[UN post-2015 document agreed - "Transforming Our World"]]>Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:46:27 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/un-post-2015-document-agreed-transforming-our-world Transforming our World: the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development’ was gavelled through by the Irish and Kenyan co-facilitators on Sunday 2 August.

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<![CDATA[World Bank - coal not the answer to poverty]]>Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:53:12 GMThttp://idls.co.uk/blog/world-bank-coal-not-the-answer-to-povertyRachel 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.”
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