Africa’s Renewable-power Surge Faces Challenge: Too Few Workers
Africa is full of ambitious projects to bring renewable power to its citizens. From large scale grid renewals to village centred micro grids, investment is being ploughed into solar, wind and hydro generation that could easily meet the needs of its growing, increasingly wealthy populations. Only there's a problem: the continent is going to run out of people with the skills it needs.
EU backs €1.2bn Lithuania renewable scheme – Energy Reporters
Lithuania has been quietly building up its renewable capacity. Already passing the 20% renewable target for 2020, the Baltic nation is continuing to invest in new capacity. Its aim is quite simple: reduce the need to depend on Russian sourced gas.
Afforestation: a source of environmental damage and depopulation – Irish Times
Ireland has an unusually low level of forest cover (less than 15% compared with an EU average of 33%). Addressing this has led to programmes of afforestation, growing trees on plantations dotted around the country. However, the use of non-native species and approaches that have encircled communities with dull, dark forests have led to problems with mental health, isolation and driven away native wildlife. Campaign groups on local and national level are demanding action.
Renewable energy investment partnership targets projects in ASEAN – Consultancy
CleanGrid Partners is aiming to support investment in renewable energy projects in South East Asia. Starting with a $60 million fund, the partnership is looking to support over $100 million of micro grid and small scale generation across the region over the next few years. It's offering more than money though, the partners include Singapore’s WEnergy Global, Greenway Grid Global and ICMG Partners, promising to bring expertise in management and strategy to support the programmes they invest in.
Remote communities meet renewable energy solutions – Pembina Institute
Not every community has easy access to a national grid being fed with clean, renewable energy. Remote and isolated communities in Canada have long depended on dirty diesel generators to meet their energy needs. New technologies, including improvements on traditional generators are creeping into their micro grids, blending old-world fossil power with new green tech. It should help ensure a smooth energy supply and limit harm to the environment.
Zawati reaffirms freeze on renewable energy projects ‘temporary’ – Jordan Times
Jordan has several large scale renewable energy projects in the pipeline and they've been suspended while a new strategy is formed. While it may seem like an unnecessary delay, Jordan's taking a "big picture" approach to understanding what energy is required where and whether the national grid can cope with it. If they get it right, the kingdom's energy needs for the next 30 years and beyond should be met in a sensible, efficient and sustainable way.
REVEALED: Staff, budget cuts as Environment Dept becomes “new agency” – In Daily
Australia's troubled environmental credentials have taken another dent as a key government department is cut back in size and "refocused" on economic development. It's a decline that's been in the making for over a decade.
German AM founder: sustainability could awaken ‘bureaucratic monster’ – Citywire
As the EU consults on a "green/brown" classification for investments, concerns are being raised it could lead to additional bureaucracy for little gain. Bert Flossbach, a Cologne based asset manager, thinks it could lead to a return to "blind faith" in rating agencies as they stamp sustainability marks on their ratings.
Paris is aiming to be the sustainable fashion capital of the world – Harpers Bazaar
Fashion is big business and Paris has always been at its centre. From June the French capital will focus on improving the industry's sustainability through key focus points: improving sourcing and traceability, working on making processes more sustainable (including Paris Fashion Week) and creating a circular economy. Could these principles lift Paris to the top of the "low impact" charts?
EU Commission details its plan for achieving a sustainable Europe – New Europe
With a focus on empowering people and supporting the circular economy, the EU has set out some of its plans and ideas for the coming years. Expect these to filter down into both regulations and its project funding over the next decade.