Addressing climate change requires massive decarbonisation of our economy, particularly in areas such as electricity generation, transportation and agriculture.  We focus on sharing knowledge on solutions to the problem as opposed to just forming the case for action.

 

GravityLight: A Far leap from Newton’s Apple

GravityLight is an innovative off-grid light designed to eliminate dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps, used by over 1.3 billion people who don’t have access to electricity. The product is unique and has created a new category of lighting, which doesn’t have any batteries nor need the sun - all you need is a weight!

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Africa welcomes its largest biomass power plant

Adoption of biomass power generation technologies in Africa has been challenged by a variety of factors including high capital costs and lack of feedstock. However, with biomass contributing to only 5% of power production in the continent, these projects hold a promise to helping boost the much needed power in developing world. It is not only the largest biomass power plant in Africa, but Gorge Farm AD Plant in Kenya will be Africa's first anaerobic digester.

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The PlantBottle - new plastic bottles made completely from plants

The traditional plastic bottle is associated with high carbon emissions, and that is set to change with the onset of a PET bottle made of 100% plant materials. The bottle was launched earlier this month by Coca Cola, and is set to help the company eliminate dependency on fossil fuels for production of PET bottles. Coca Cola has, through the previous PET bottle made of 30% plant material, achieved substantial cuts on global emissions and the new development to produce a 100% plant bottle is a key to sustainable packaging.

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Biogas, Subsidies - Is it the beginning of the end of deforestation in Rwanda?

In 2007 the government of Rwanda established the NDBP (National Domestic Biogas Program) in partnership with SNV (The Netherlands Development Organization) and GIZ (The German Development Organization) as financial and technical support partners. The objective of the program was to develop a commercial and sustainable domestic sector, substituting firewood with biogas for cooking and increasing agricultural production through provision of bio-slurry as a fertilizer.

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Azuri and M-Kopa are taking on the Killer in the Kitchen

Mobile payments, digital financing and innovative financing options are enabling the rapid deployment of renewable energy in Africa.  This is good news for a number of reasons – including public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that fuels such as wood, dung, coal and other solid fuels - termed as the “killer in the kitchen” causes 1.5 million deaths annually and two thirds of these deaths takes place in sub-Sahara Africa and South-East Asia. 

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Africa’s rollout of Digital TV and what it means for the environment

Africa is rapidly upgrading its digital television infrastructure. This isn’t just about enabling more people to watch their favorite shows – it’s a big move that will help spur economic development through an improved mobile and internet communication infrastructure.  As covered previously on Cleanleap, analysis shows that improved internet connectivity in Africa could lead to a $300 billion contribution to GDP by 2025.

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Brace yourself - the Cold Chain is coming

The good news is the improved deployment of cold chain technologies will dramatically decrease food waste in emerging economies. The bad news cold chains will increase emissions due to the refrigeration process - leading to greater climate change. New technologies are being developed to make cold chains more efficient - absolutely critical as they rapidly increase around the world.

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Fire and ice: will methane hydrates be the future of energy or bring on the next apocalypse?

At the bottom of our oceans and buried deep beneath permafrost surrounding the arctic circle is a vast store of methane – a natural gas produced by the anaerobic decomposition of millions of years of organic matter. Estimates vary but even conservative figures suggest there may be over a thousand gigatonnes of methane precariously stored as ice crystals under high pressure and low temperature. 

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'Tank of Cold' is a Cleanleap to cool food and a cooler future

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have released a report A tank of cold: cleantech leapfrog to a more food secure world. The key message from the report is that about a quarter of food wastage in developing countries could be eliminated with better refrigeration equipment. The report describes a new way of creating a cold chain system in emerging economies. This system can be built from the ground up as there is little existing instrastruce and the ability to harness renewable energy. Creating the opportunity to cleanleap over existing more polluting systems. 

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Cleantech in the Middle East and North Africa

EY (Ernst & Young), in collaboration with the Clean Energy Business Council and Middle East Solar Industry Association, recently launched the fourth edition of the Cleantech Survey Report Middle East and North Africa. A survey of leading industry executives which gauges the recent rate of development of cleantech in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and also provides predictions for the future.

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