The Global Cleantech 100, now in its 6th year released by the Cleantech Group, is a list of the top companies in this space worldwide. The Cleantech 100 is no longer just a list of companies from places like the United States, Germany and Japan. Emerging markets are seeing the benefits of clean technology and some of the leading companies in the world are starting to come from emerging markets like Kenya
As this report from the Intertnational Renewable Energy Agency notes at the beginning, Africa makes up 15% of the global population but has only 5% of the global energy usage. The worry for analysts and policy makers is that as the population of Africa increases, and development brings African energy usage to a level comparable to the rest of the world ...
Although there is a great deal of focus on using renewable energy to replace grid power systems, there has been less analysis on renewable energy usage for the transport sector. This cost report from the International Renewable Energy Agency provides an outlook on decarbonising this important sector by 2020. The report focuses primarily on biofuel and electric, battery-powered vehicles.
Nationally appropriate Mitigation Actions or NAMAs for short are a relatively new policy tool championed by the International Renwable Energy Angency from within the UNFCC. The key concept behind NAMAs are that a single climate change mitigation policy is not appropriate for all countries.
REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides the state of play for renewable energy around the world. It is a comprehensive report but also a straightforward read to understand where we are at in terms of deployment of renewables. I've highlighted some of the key sections to read in relation to emerging economies around the status of deployment distributed power and financial spend.
In Kenya 17.3 million people lack access to clean water with water borne diseases like diarrhea and Cholera being the leading cause of death for children under five years. But a group of women have found a low cost method of purifying water, which is now backed by science - embracing seeds from the wonder tree Moringa oleifera.
In late 2004, Kisumu bay, Lake Victoria, was covered in a blue-green hue. The algal bloom - a proliferation of cyanobacteria – demarcated an area of low oxygen and eventually decomposing algae, causing fish to suffocate or flee and contaminating the drinking water- a dead zone. Adapt-N, a software programme developed by researchers at Cornell University seeks to solve this problem.