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Agri-business gets renewable injection

Agri-business gets renewable injection An agri-business in South Africa is reaping the rewards of installing a renewable energy solution.    Thanks to a new integrated renewable energy solution, an agriculture company in the Western Cape Province of South Africa has lowered energy costs, reduced its reliance on state-owned power company Eskom’s national grid, and at […]

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Greenwashing Africa’s “green” metals

Greenwashing Africa’s “green” metals Businesses will soon have to substantiate their environmental claims across the entire supply chain. By Claire Tucker According to the World Bank, the production of critical minerals essential for renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles, is poised to increase by up to 500% by 2050.

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It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time. Image credit: Wärtsilä Energy

How Africa can decarbonise

How Africa can decarbonise  It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time.    By Ella Teperi.   In African countries, particularly those with a well-developed industrial sector, a significant portion of energy production may come from the industry’s own power plants. This is especially true

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Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid

Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid  Yellow Door Energy has partnered with Overyssel Boerdery in a multi-million Rand Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to secure energy independence by harvesting renewable energy.    In a landmark move, Yellow Door Energy, a sustainable renewable energy partner for businesses, signed a multi-million Rand PPA with Overyssel Boerdery, one of

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Scatec ignites a world first in SA

Scatec ignites a world first in SA Renewable energy company Scatec has officially started producing and supplying electricity to the national grid from the three Kenhardt plants in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Kenhardt project is positioned to make a notable impact on the renewable energy landscape as one of the world’s

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USD13.5-trillion needed to be carbon neutral by 2050 says WEF

USD13.5-trillion needed to be carbon neutral by 2050 says WEF Transitioning to a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future, USD13.5-trillion in investments will be needed by 2050, particularly in the production, energy and transport sectors, according to a new World Economic Forum report. The Net-Zero Industry Tracker 2023, published in collaboration with Accenture, takes stock of

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It’s time for Africa to shape climate change policies

It’s time for Africa to shape climate change policies  Global efforts to limit carbon emissions are falling short, developed countries have not coughed up the USD100-billion promised to help developing countries meet targets, and the EU is set to impose carbon taxes that will hamstring Africa’s development ambitions. Therefore its time for Africa to assume

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Why some companies are ahead in the race to net zero

Why some companies are ahead in the race to net zero  A new study finds that companies around the world have not made much progress in comprehensively measuring and reducing their carbon emissions over the past year.     As climate-related disasters intensify in frequency and severity, so does the economic impact on communities and businesses.

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Net zero possible says IEA’s Roadmap

Net zero possible says IEA’s Roadmap Driving greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s energy sector to net zero and limiting global warming to 1.5 °C remains possible due to the record growth of key clean energy technologies, though momentum needs to increase rapidly in many areas, according to a new edition of the International Energy Agency’s

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Namibia’s road to net zero includes wave energy

Namibia’s road to net zero includes wave energy  Finish company AW-Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kaoko Green Energy Solutions in Namibia to develop and produce green hydrogen from near shore wave energy.  AW-Energy is a technology company that has patented the impressive WaveRoller system which is used to harness wave energy

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Partnership a stepping-stone to promote renewable energy in Africa

Partnership a stepping-stone to promote renewable energy in Africa   South Africa’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Power Africa, a US Government-led initiative coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have teamed up to launch the Microgrid Centre of Excellence (CoE) for future power systems at the CSIR. The CoE

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Benin advances climate action to drive sustainable development

Benin advances climate action to drive sustainable development  Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Economy and Finance for Benin and Margaret Kim, CEO of Gold Standard, a standards body that operates in the carbon market, met in Benin last week to discuss their collaborative work on sustainable development.  Gold Standard and the government of Benin established a

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Africa can leapfrog traditional power systems

Africa can leapfrog traditional power systems Africa’s ability to leapfrog traditional power systems and adopt renewables on a massive scale is not a fantasy. By Marc Thiriet, Director, Africa, Wärtsilä Energy  In-depth studies from Wärtsilä have demonstrated that with the adequate support of flexible power technologies, ambitious renewable energy objectives in Africa are not only

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Forests: Natural resources of global significance

Forests: Natural resources of global significance As society looks for more planet-friendly ways to live, it is becoming increasingly clear that we will need to develop a more symbiotic relationship with our forests. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), forests cover 31% of the world’s land surface, store an estimated 296

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Cultivate meat to protect biodiversity

Cultivate meat to protect biodiversity  Cultivated meat, grown from cells in a laboratory, might sound like science fiction, but it’s fast becoming a reality. Although it’s unlikely that we’ll see lab-grown meat cuts on our supermarket shelves within the next decade or so, this new biotechnology does raise several questions for the veterinary industry, as

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Africa needs to embrace carbon trading

Africa needs to embrace carbon trading The climate projects that benefit from this system range from reforestation and forest conservation to renewable energy and carbon-storing agricultural practices By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber (http://www.EnergyChamber.org) One of the most promising outcomes of the COP27 climate conference last November was the launch of the African

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COP28 President-Designate says oil and gas sector needs to up the game on climate action

COP28 President-Designate says oil and gas sector needs to up the game on climate action Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 UAE President-Designate has emphasised the integral role that the oil and gas industry plays in solving the climate challenge during his keynote remarks at S&P Global’s CERAWeek in Houston, Texas.  Speaking at the plenary on

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Africa’s energy crisis enables African solutions

Africa’s energy crisis enables African solutions  Africa’s energy deficit has given rise to African entrepreneurs that are introducing new technologies, especially in solar power, to fill these gaps.    Progression is mostly driven by energy and many regions in the world are quickly running low on means to generate it. With over 600 million people

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Construction of South Africa’s largest wind farm imminent

Construction of South Africa’s largest wind farm imminent  Seriti Green, a subsidiary of South African coal miner Seriti Resources, will soon begin construction on South Africa’s largest wind farm in Mpumalanga. Amidst the growing energy crisis in South Africa, the company announced that power supply from the new wind farm will come online in 2025.

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Africa could be a green hydrogen hub in 2035

Africa could be a green hydrogen hub in 2035 Africa is capable of producing 50 million tons of green hydrogen a year by 2035, according to a new study by the European Investment Bank (EIB), International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the African Union, with the support of the Government of Mauritania, HyDeal and UCLG Africa. Green hydrogen

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Côte d’Ivoire signs its first IPP for solar power

Côte d’Ivoire signs its first IPP for solar power  Côte d’Ivoire signed its first solar Independent Power Project (IPP) in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.  Middle Eastern renewable energy company AMEA Power has signed a concession agreement and 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for a 50MW

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Data indicates African tourism sector reduced emission intensity

Data indicates African tourism sector reduced emission intensity     The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Saudi-based Sustainable Tourism Global Center have unveiled new data detailing the climate footprint of the travel & tourism sector in Africa. According to the new data, between 2010 and 2019, the African Travel & Tourism sector decoupled

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Development community urged to walk the talk

Development community urged to walk the talk The 17th African Economic Conference (AEC) ended on Sunday, 11 December, with a charge to the development community and governments to take decisive actions to address climate change. The African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Economic Community for Africa (ECA), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the conference

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ESG flawed if in silo’s says Barrick’s Bristow

ESG flawed if in silo’s says Barrick’s Bristow The transition to a green economy will not happen if the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals continues to be encapsulated in environmental, social and governance silos.    This was the message from Mark Bristow, President, and COE of global mining company Barrick Gold upon return from Sharm el-Sheikh

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Holistic solutions for mine decarbonisation

Holistic solutions for mine decarbonisation Decarbonisation on mines featured high on the agenda of a recent SRK Consulting global partners meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a special workshop being dedicated to this topic. By David Pearce Mining is currently responsible for 4% to 7% of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions globally. Scope 1 and Scope 2

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SA concludes first wind energy deal since 2018

SA concludes first wind energy deal since 2018 South Africa’s long-term zero-emissions goals have been considerably bolstered by the recent financial close of the first Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) Bid Window 5 deals. By partnering with Standard Bank, EDF Renewables (and its partners H1 and Gibb-Crede) was able to secure financial close for

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AfDB’s private equity fund targets renewables in Africa

AfDB’s private equity fund targets renewables in Africa The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved an equity investment of USD20-million in Evolution Fund III (EVIII), a pan-African clean and sustainable energy private equity fund. Through Evolution Fund III, the AfDB will mobilise approximately USD400-million into renewable energy and resource-efficiency assets across sub-Saharan Africa over a

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PAP central to Africa’s climate change response

PAP central to Africa’s climate change response     Africans are experiencing some of the worst weather events in a decade this year, despite the continent contributing the least to global carbon emissions at less than four percent. By the Pan African Parliament  The impact of climate change affects all development outcomes and exacerbates the continent’s chronic

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