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African CSOs Perspective on AREI

Blog post by Dr. Joachim Fünfgelt (Bread for the World), Jens Klawitter and Lutz Weischer (both Germanwatch), May 2017

The African continent and its population suffer from severe energy poverty. The International Energy Agency estimates that the total grid-based power generation capacity in 2012 was only about 158 gigawatt (GW), which is less than total installed capacity in Germany alone. Consequently, the majority of the African population – approximately 622 million out of 922 million people living on the continent – still lacks access to modern energy services. Although the African continent has abundant renewable energy (RE) resources, the potential for the generation of renewable electricity has not been realized yet. Hence, besides the traditional use of solid biomass, the African electricity mix is still dominated by fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and gas, as well as large hydro power plants. ... >> mehr
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David meets Goliath: First ever V20 – G20 meeting highlights the mutual benefits of climate action

Blog post by Gerrit Hansen, April 2017

The climate vulnerable forum (CVF), now uniting 49 of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change, has again taken centre-stage in the fight against global warming and for an equitable international climate regime. At the recent IMF and World Bank spring meeting in Washington, the finance ministers of the group, the Vulnerable 20 (V20), met with representatives of its “big brother”, the G20, to discuss issues related to climate finance, effective mitigation policies, support for adaptation and resilience and above all: enhanced cooperation. >> mehr
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G20: Successful climate policy in difficult times requires extraordinary alliances and continuous pressure

Blog post by Julia Anna Bingler, April 2017

It was only last year when the group of the 20 leading economies (G20) evoked hopes that it would eventually bring forward serious climate policy and climate finance. The Chinese G20 presidency had put its weight behind important agenda items in this direction and the German government promised that climate will become a priority topic under this year's German G20 presidency. However, since US president Trump took office, mood depressed. Germanwatch works with vehemence at multiple levels to ensure that the blockade strategy of the new republican US government proves to be unsuccessful. >> mehr
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A Low-Hanging Fruit for Financing and Implementing SDGs: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Blog post and guest commentary by Ivetta Gerasimchuk (IISD), April 2017

Phase-out and reallocation of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a low-hanging fruit for financing and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FFS reform has been included in the SDG architecture as a means of implementation for SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production, but its linkages with other Goals should be taken into account to catalyze action on multiple issue areas. >> mehr
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Leveraging Sustainable Energy and Energy Access in South Africa through the G20

Blog post by Neoka Naidoo, April 2017

South Africa is the only African country in the G20. It is challenged by a slowing, energy intensive economy, an enormous stock of ageing infrastructure in coal and very high inequality. For dealing with these challenges, South Africa needs to change its development strategy. Political momentum within the G20 could help to break the fossil fuel inertia. >> mehr
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Landslides and floods in Peru – Huaraz is spared of the worst

Blog post by Noah Walker-Crawford, March 2017

Due to heavy rainfall the risks in Huaraz increase, but no considerable damage has happened yet. Hundreds of thousands of people in Peru are hit by floods and landslides which are the result of unusually strong rainfall. Poorer populations in particular are confronted with the consequences of those rainfalls. Many people lost their homes and are now facing an unsecure future. >> mehr
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G20 should help poor countries to better cope with the impacts of climate change. Climate insurance can be a tangible outcome of the G20 summit in July.

Blog post by Prof. Peter Höppe, Chairman of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), and Christoph Bals, Vice-Chairman of MCII, March 2017

Weather extremes are about to become the new norm: For the third time in a row, 2016 was the warmest year since the beginning of the weather records. In Asia, unprecedented heat in spring burst temperature records in India, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. A drought in Africa, caused by one of the strongest ever experienced El Nino events, triggered a food crisis with more than 36 million people affected. In Haiti, the devastating impacts of hurricane Matthew left 1.4 million people dependent on humanitarian aid. Repeatedly, developing countries are the most affected. The long-term analysis of Germanwatch’s Climate Risk Index, covering the past 20 years, finds that the ten most impacted countries are exclusively developing countries. >> mehr
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G20 must follow the vulnerable countries’ lead on climate action

Blog post by Renato Redentor Constantino (Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities), February 2017

For many of the most vulnerable countries, combatting climate change is a matter of survival. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) has repeatedly shown exceptional leadership in climate talks, while the G20 unites the major polluters and is still reluctant to take ambitious measures required to limit global warming to the safe threshold of 1.5°C. To move the global transition forward, the German presidency should establish a real partnership with vulnerable countries and ensure the V20 gets a seat at the G20 table. >> mehr
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Renewables help fight the energy crisis: Argentina's new national energy and climate policy

Blog Post by Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis (FARN & CAN International), December 2016

One of the greatest challenges the new government in Argentina is currently facing is the ongoing energy crisis. In response, the South-American nation has started to rapidly expand renewable generation. This strategy also pays off internationally for Argentina, who will take over the G20 presidency from Germany in December 2017. >> mehr
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Same, same but green?

Blog Post by Hongyo Guo (Greenovation Hub) and Gerrit Hansen (Germanwatch), November 2016

Globally, green investments are on the rise. Even the G20 embarked on a mission to harness the finance sector’s potential in support of a global shift to sustainable and low-carbon economies. On December 1st, Germany takes over the G20 presidency from China. What steps can the German presidency take to foster global finance that is more geared towards the needs of sustainable, climate-friendly development? >> mehr

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