28 Feb 2014
Key stakeholders of the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) met for a two day retreat to consolidate objectives and execute plans to increase distribution channels and improve the country’s development of the cookstove market.
Representatives from the clean cookstoves, fuels and the wider renewable energy sectors, forming part of the National Alliance’s National Executive Committee (NEC), met on 20-21 February in Uganda to approve the first year’s operational action plan. The two day event is the first of its kind since the UNACC has affirmed its role as national co-ordinator of the clean cookstove sector in Uganda. Read moreTags: Africa, cookstoves, development, Uganda
26 Feb 2014
20 Feb 2014
I am just back from the the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) which took place last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme was “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together”. I had hoped to send an entry while there but there were too many interesting people to talk to and the time just slipped away.
REN21 was there to participate but also to host a couple of side-events, one of which was on the challenges of closing the data gap. Despite being held just prior to the High-Level Meeting the event was well-attended and the lively discussion illustrated just how important/difficult/frustrating the issue of data collection is. The participants were from NGOs, research institutes, government and business with the result that the session was not one of finger pointing (as to who was at fault for not leading the data collection “brigade”) but rather an energetic discussion about how to close the data gap. We grappled with what we mean when we say “data” and who should engage in the process. Two key points came out of the discussion. Read moreTags: 2nd High Level Meeting, access, Addis Ababa, African-Eu Energy Partnership, collection, data, Energy, Global Status Report, information, REN21, renewables
17 Feb 2014
I just came across an interesting article about informal transport and what happens if a government does not step in, and how these informal economies are developed to meet a certain need that the government should be taking care of.
The minibuses in Nairobi, Kenya, aren’t owned by any government agency and fares aren’t regulated. The routes are vaguely based on an older bus network from some 30 years ago, but they’ve since shifted and multiplied and expanded to include the outskirt areas.
One result of this unregulated and organically grown network is that a driver in one part of Nairobi may know next to nothing about the lines that service the other half of town. Passengers also tend to know little about them, either. Riders therefor usually use only the lines they know and the unofficial stops they’re sure actually exist. There isn’t a map of it of the network as a whole that would allow passengers to plan out their journey and estimate arrival time reliably. Read moreTags: Kenya, open data, transport
06 Feb 2014
Want to work with us here at REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) in Vienna?
Mon, 24 February until Fri, 13 June 2014
600 € (gross) per month, full-time basis (flexible working hours may be considered)
14 February 2014
As some of you know, REN21 specialises in collecting data on the current state of renewables. We do this as you can’t make good decisions without knowing the “who”, “what “and “how” of the current situation. Reliable information helps investors, decision makers and project developers define possible opportunities for renewable energy uptake. Sound data informs policy design and adaption efforts and allows decision makers to assess progress towards (or regression from) energy access objectives. Businesses and developers need to know the potential of a country or region before any money will flow: thus good information is crucial to stimulating economic development.
This year, in addition to its annual Renewables Global Status Report, REN21 is working with the ECREEE to prepare a regional status report on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the ECOWAS region. Read moreTags: Africa, clean, collect, collection, data, ECOWAS, efficiency, Energy, future, Global Status Report, GSR, information, Low Carbon, REN21, renewables, West Africa