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Ecologist urges industrialists, business owners to use solar energy for operations

ADB-rooftop solar

An environmentalist, Mr Habib Omotosho, has urged industrialists and business owners to use solar and other renewable sources of energy for their operations to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Omotosho, the National Coordinator, Environmental Advancement Initiatives, an NGO, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, October 19, 2017. He said that ...

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Port Harcourt hosts energy, green technology conference

Port Harcourt

The Garden City of Port Harcourt in River State is set to host the Energy and New Green Technology Conference with the theme: ‘The Future of Hydrocarbon  Industry in the New Age of Green Technology’ between November 28 and 30, 2017 at the Hotel Presidential. The event will provide a platform for articulating a proactive response to the seemingly irreversible ...

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Microsoft, GE sign agreement on Irish wind project


The Microsoft Corp. on Monday, October 9, 2017 announced a new wind energy agreement in Ireland. With the agreement, Microsoft will become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft is entering into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, ...

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$50m ADB facility to boost Sri Lanka rooftop solar power

ADB-rooftop solar

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $50 million loan to help fund rooftop solar power generation systems in Sri Lanka to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the country’s energy mix. ADB will also administer a $1 million technical assistance from the Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility ...

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More firms commit to 100% clean energy

Helen Clarkson

Global financial institutions Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Climate Week NYC 2017 in New York joined The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign with CDP, committing to source 100% renewable power across their global operations by 2020. Other companies joining the RE100 initiative are one of the fastest-growing beverage companies, Califia Farms, and UK investment management company Jupiter Asset Management. The announcements follow news last week ...

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Clean energy: Ending tax breaks after diesel scandal

Air pollution

In response to the diesel scandal, the diesel tax advantage should be completely abandoned within the European Union (EU), according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). In Germany, for example, diesel would then be about 20 cents per litre more expensive at the pump. In ...

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Programme to speed up switch to electric vehicles inaugurated

Electric cars

A new business campaign designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) and infrastructure has been launched by The Climate Group at an event in New York on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 as business and government leaders gathered at Climate Week NYC. Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, METRO AG, PG&E, Unilever, and Vattenfall are the 10 ...

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Ministers move to scale-up geothermal energy

Adnan Z. Amin

Leaders and ministers from more than 25 governments will meet in Florence, Italy on Monday, September 11, 2017, to accelerate the global adoption of geothermal energy. The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) meeting represents the largest such ministerial gathering dedicated to geothermal energy development. Geothermal energy today accounts for just 0.3 percent of globally installed renewable energy capacity. However – once ...

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Rooftop solar can bridge India’s gap in rural health services, says report


Solar powered primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in Chhattisgarh admitted over 50% more patients and conducted almost twice the number of child deliveries in a month compared to power-deficit PHCs without a solar system, according to study released on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in India. The first-of-its-kind independent study, funded by Oxfam ...

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NAMA: Sri Lanka gets $1.79m GEF support for energy generation

Maithripala Sirisena

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has received $1,790,411 as financial support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund in order to develop a robust, transparent and functional nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) framework targeting energy generation and end use sectors. The support has been provided under the GEF Cycle 5. The GEF supported NAMA aims to reduce Sri ...

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