Energy efficiency – not glamorous but really effective

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest tool for cutting emissions – it is important to get rid of its “boring” image to stimulate spending, the International Energy Agency IEA said.

Philippe Benoit, the agency’s head of energy efficiency, spoke about this issue when he was in Bonn to attend a week-long round of United Nations climate-treaty talks earlier this month. He told delegates that while energy efficiency is often perceived as a “low-hanging fruit,” the difficulty in promoting it made it more like “a big watermelon” that’s hard to lift.

“People need to change their mindset about adopting efficiency measures”,  Benoit said. Continue reading “Energy efficiency – not glamorous but really effective”

Energy efficiency in Singapore

Here is another article based on the REEEP SEAP series on Pacific islands for the 2012 encyclopaedia, this time I will tell you a little about Singapore.

A lack of renewable energy resources forces Singapore to focus mainly on energy efficiency measures to tackles the challenge of climate change mitigation.

The island located on the Malay Peninsula is tensely populated, with just fewer than 5 million inhabitants. The small country is one of the “Four  Asian Tigers”. As a highly developed nation, 99,9% have reliable access to electricity. The tiny country doesn’t have any energy resources to speak of, and is a net importer of natural gas and oil, which often leaves the peninsula after being augmented in the local refineries. At a major business route and home of worlds second busiest port in 2005 in terms of shipping tonnage handled, this has been a long explored avenue to create wealth. Singapore itself also relies on fossil fuels, and most renewable energy options are expensive and rather hard to come by. Continue reading “Energy efficiency in Singapore”

REEEP allocates €3 million to 21 low-carbon energy projects

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will fund 21 new clean energy projects in 17 countries, aimed at widening access to modern energy and supporting low carbon development in emerging markets and developing countries. A further 7 projects are waitlisted for review and possible support.

The full list of the 21 selected and 7 waitlisted projects is already availabe on the REEEP website. Continue reading “REEEP allocates €3 million to 21 low-carbon energy projects”

Who funds climate smart projects where?

The Asian Development Bank is one of the biggest financers in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and I have just checked out their  website and some of their publications in order to find out a bit more about what they do, especially in regard to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank to facilitate economic development of countries in Asia, and has taken on a leadership role to help the region mitigate the causes and adapt to the consequences of climate change.

In line with the ADB Strategy 2020 to achieve the goal to free Asia and Pacific of poverty it supports inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Continue reading “Who funds climate smart projects where?”

reegle.info now offers country energy profiles and a clean energy glossary

reegle - clean energy information portalIt’s done – the ‘new’ reegle clean energy info portal is online! We worked very hard in the last weeks to launch the new reegle tomorrow alongside the EE-Global in Brussels (say hallo to me if you are there!) and I have to say: It was definitely worth the hard work!

One of our most exciting new features (besides the new design) are the country energy profiles, which put together energy statistics with policies, regulations and stakeholder contact information into one user-friendly page per country. To create these profiles, reegle automatically sifts through seven different pre-selected and authoritative data sources such as the World Bank, UN-data, the CIA Factbook, and REEEP’s Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) publications, and threads each country’s data together and presents it in a format that is easy to read and to digest.

Continue reading “reegle.info now offers country energy profiles and a clean energy glossary”

Energy efficiency – a no-brainer? YES it is!

Another day at the Minister Meeting in New Caledonia. Wednesday 6 April 2011 presented the main day for the REEEP SEAP team in Noumea. In the morning, REEEP SEAP conducted its Regional Advisory Committee meeting, attended by many of our Advisors and other key stakeholders in the Pacific region. Policy development, project progress, REEEP SEAP’s future vision and the priorities for 2011 were discussed.

After the Advisory Committee meeting, REEEP organised a joint workshop with SPC and the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency on “Energy Efficiency: Standards and Labelling Programmes for the PICs” which was well attended and led to a fruitful discussion after the short presentations. Continue reading “Energy efficiency – a no-brainer? YES it is!”

Energy and Efficiency in the Philippines

This is the next blog based on the encyclopedia of energy, this time focusing on the Philippines.

The archipelago is in the south of Taiwan and north of Indonesia and consists of over 7,000 islands. About a third of its population live below the poverty line, and only 65% have permanent and stable access to electricity. It is a constructional republic with a presidential system and due to the Spanish occupation largely Christian, with a largely independent Muslim Autonomous Region. Continue reading “Energy and Efficiency in the Philippines”