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 […]

Energy projects to adopt technology used by Bitcoin

Two new energy projects aim to explore how new digital technology could transform the sector. They are part of seven Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) projects that have collectively secured more than £3.6 million of investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The technology is essentially a series of databases which are shared […]

Church group gets behind energy access campaign

A church group representing more than 500 million people has joined a movement supporting energy access. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has committed to join the Shine Campaign, which aims to mobilise new forms of investments, scale up resources and generate momentum to end energy poverty by 2030. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and fellowships […]

Progress ‘not fast enough’ to meet 2030 energy goals

The pace of global progress on providing access to electricity, energy efficiency and renewable is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets. That’s according to a new joint report launched by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA), which shows the increase in people getting access to power is slowing down. The […]

New deal boosts energy access in and around Singapore

An agreement has been signed to improve energy access in Singapore, South-East Asia and the Pacific. Schneider Electric, ENGIE Lab and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have agreed to boost infrastructure in off-grid areas with a series of microgrids. The joint initiative will form part of the existing Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator in Singapore (REIDS) project […]