IEA: Only four out of 38 clean technologies on track to meet sustainability goals

Most technologies will not meet the climate, energy access and air pollution targets under its Sustainable Development Scenario

African nation Togo renewable with $4m funding

The Government of Togo’s energy access initiative has received a $4 million (£2.9m) funding boost from a local bank. Union Togolaise de Banque (UTB) will provide the finance to utility BBOXX as part of the ‘CIZO’ initiative, which aims to bring renewable electricity to more than two million of the country’s people by 2022. The […]

Investment platform beams up $50m for energy access

An investment platform aims to scale up energy access in the developing world, starting with a $50 million (£35.4m) investment in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The BEAM platform, created by private equity firm Bamboo Capital Partners and utility BBOXX, will provide equity for distributed energy service companies and catalyse further funding. In turn, these businesses […]

IEA: $31bn a year needed for universal energy access by 2030

Providing universal energy access by 2030 would require an investment of $31 billion (£23.6bn) a year. That’s equivalent to less than 2% of global energy investment, with a majority of it needed for sub-Saharan Africa and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It reveals the most cost-effective strategy for achieving it in developing […]

Small island states call for clean energy co-operation

Small island developing states (SIDS) have called for increased international co-operation to tackle climate change and implement renewables. Ministers and senior officials representing 30 countries and organisations from across the world met in the Maldives earlier this month to strengthen global efforts in these areas. They suggested clean energy provides a cost-effective way for island […]

Nissan gives energy access electric boost

Nissan has announced three new projects to improve energy access, boost low carbon mobility and help disaster relief efforts. The carmaker says it aims to use electric batteries to create a cleaner, safer, fairer future for the 1.3 billion people around the world living in communities where power generation and access to electricity is heavily […]

Eastern Europe steps up gas supply collaboration

A number of Central and South-Eastern European countries have agreed to reinforce collaboration on work to expand the safe and affordable supply of gas across the region. Nine EU Member States, including Greece, Hungary, Italy and Romania, form the Co-operation under the Commission Initiative on Central and South-Eastern European Energy Connectivity (CESEC), which aims to […]

Nuclear industry ‘needs to step up deployments’

The world needs to do more to ensure nuclear energy can reach its maximum potential. That’s according to World Nuclear Association (WNA) Director General, Agneta Rising, who has called on governments, expert bodies and the nuclear industry to increase new build rates, showcase environmental and safety credentials and pursue compensation for the grid reliability nuclear […]

UK solar joins with EU and UN to electrify Eritrea

A UK solar energy company has partnered with the EU and the UN to improve energy access for remote communities in Eritrea. Solarcentury has been selected to design and build two mini-grids using solar panels and lithium batteries to power the villages of Areza and Maidma in the East African nation. They currently have no grid power so use small diesel generators […]

Nearly a third of Africa still without electricity access

Around a third of the African population still lack access to electricity. That’s according to a new ‘Atlas’ report from UN Environment and the African Development Bank, which suggests 53% of people are still reliant on burning biomass for cooking food, heating homes and drying clothes. It says although the continent is home to a wealth […]