Recently I traveled to Thailand, whose strong economic growth and significant poverty reduction makes it a compelling development story. Much of the country’s growth has come on the back of mostly imported fossil fuels, which account for about 80 percent of the nation’s power.
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Thailand is located near to the equator and we have three seasons – hot, hotter and hottest!
Climate change action is the duty of all people living on earth. We can all help deliver a climate-smart future in a number of ways including using less energy, walking or biking instead of driving, growing more trees and saving water
My background in mechanical engineering and product design, along with my family's roots in rural India, led me to spend a year volunteering in rural corners of India prior to graduate school. There I fell in love with micro hydro technology while taking part in an installation in a remote village in the Himalayas. I witnessed the connection between vibrant watersheds, local ingenuity, and access to clean, sustainable electricity. Since then, my focus has been to promote renewable energy solutions.
I’m the Private Sector Specialist with the Climate Investment Funds, an $8.3 billion portfolio of four climate finance programs working in 72 developing and middle income countries to drive climate-smart investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate resilience, and forestry.
I am a Senior Climate Finance Officer at the African Development Bank. We work to contribute to the economic growth and social progress of our African member states. Right now, I want to talk a little about the importance of energy to Africa and how Concentrated Solar Power – or CSP - can help.
Sometimes you need to drill downward to move forward. Turkey is tapping geothermal heat under the earth’s surface in an effort to meet the country's targets for renewable energy generation.
Geothermal power harnesses the earth’s heat to generate electricity. It’s a low-carbon, reliable, renewable energy source that has been in use for over 100 years. It’s a baseload source of energy, meaning it does not depend on the sun shining, the wind blowing, or the capacity of batteries. That’s why Turkey is exploring new sites for geothermal power plants.
When we gather in Marrakech for the UN Climate Conference (COP22) next month, days after the Paris Agreement goes into effect—with ratifications from 83 countries accounting for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions secured—we have an important opportunity to remind ourselves of recent climate data.
A greener future depends on the widespread adoption of low carbon technologies. Through the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris climate agreement, world leaders have outlined a transformative agenda which heralds a shift from a fossil-fuel based global economy to one that is low carbon and climate resilient. And funding this future means we need to think in terms of trillions not billions.