Agrivoltaic solar farms offer “shocking” benefits beyond producing energy

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Next-gen solar parks that enable energy and food production as well as water conservation to work in synergy on the same plot can help to solve solar‘s growing land-use issue, according to the researchers making them a reality.

“There is this big debate around using land for solar versus using it for agriculture,” said Colorado State University researcher Jennifer Bousselot. “And I just roll my eyes because you don’t have to pick. They can be combined.”

“This will be absolutely vital to the future of the energy industry,” added Richard Randle-Boggis from the University of Sheffield. “Especially somewhere like the UK, where sustainable land use is a critical challenge.”

Plants and panels can exist in “symbiosis”

Agrivoltaic solar parks see photovoltaic (PV) panels spaced further apart to allow more sunlight to reach the ground, and raised higher in the air so that crops – or even small livestock such as lambs – can be reared underneath.

When arranged in the right way, studies have found this approach can actually offer compounding advantages such as shielding plants from excessive heat, cold and UV damage, thereby increasing the yield of certain crops.

One study found certain peppers will have three times the production,” said Bousselot. “That’s a shocking number.”

As global temperatures rise, the panels can also help to conserve dwindling freshwater supplies by reducing evaporation from both plants and soil.

What evaporation does occur underneath the panels has the added benefit of cooling the PVs and boosting their electricity production, according to Randle-Boggis, a research associate at the University of Sheffield.

Agrivoltaic solar farm from Harvesting the Sun Twice project in Kenya, photographed by Chloride Exide
Top: agrivoltaics are being trialled at Jacks Solar Farm in Colorado. Photo is by Thomas Hickey. Above: the system is also being researched in Kenya. Photo is by Chloride Exide

“It’s a symbiosis because they’re both benefiting each other,” he told Dezeen.

As a result, agrivoltaics don’t just use land more sustainably, they also help to bolster supplies of the most indispensable resources needed for human development – food, water and energy.

“The three resources we’re going to need can all be managed more efficiently in an agrivoltaic system,” Bousselot explained.

“When you think about our population into the future, having 9 billion people by mid-century, we have to start looking at that to build resilience.”

Agrivoltaics see three-thousandfold increase in capacity

As the world aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement – and Europe attempts to reduce its reliance on Russian hydrocarbons in the wake of the Ukraine invasion – countries are racing to ramp up their solar capacity.

The UK is gunning for a five-fold increase by 2035 while the EU is aiming to double its capacity in the next three years.

Meanwhile, the US will need to build enough solar farms to cover the entire state of West Virginia if it hopes to achieve net-zero.

But solar projects are increasingly being refused planning permission and faced with pushback from rural communities and farmers, who are worried that PV arrays will “blight” the local landscape and take fertile farmland out of production.

“There’s a lot of backlash facing the solar industry, especially at the moment,” Randle-Boggis explained. “It’s getting a lot of flack.”

Pollinator meadow alongside solar panels as photographed by Hollie Blaydes
Co-locating wildflowers and solar panels can attract pollinators. Photo is by Hollie Blaydes

To combat these land-use conflicts, a growing body of research is showing how the unused space underneath solar panels can be repurposed to benefit humans and nature alike.

At a more basic level, this can involve planting flowery meadows alongside PV arrays to create habitats for pollinators, which can improve biodiversity and potentially even increase crop production in surrounding farmland.

More advanced agrivoltaic systems, which co-locate solar panels with food crops, have been in development across mainland Europe as well as parts of East Asia and the US for the last 15 years and are now starting to become more common.

Ranging from research projects to commercial operations, these systems recently reached the same solar capacity as the entire UK, skyrocketing from five to 14,000 megawatts between 2012 and 2021.

“Over the last three or four years, it’s really taken off,” Randle-Boggis said.

Agrivoltaic plots more productive despite lower yields

How much food and energy can be generated from an agrivoltaics project is highly dependent on the location of the system, the crops being grown and the positioning of the panels.

Farmers in darker, colder countries like Germany or Denmark have to use a lower density of panels and space them further apart, so as not to rob the crops of the limited available sunlight.

Here, energy and crop yields are generally slightly lower than on a piece of land that is used solely for agriculture or solar But overall, the productivity of an agrivoltaic plot is still higher, Randle-Boggis says, as it is producing two different outputs at the same time.

“Some reduction in yield is still better than growing nothing,” he argued. “It’s about finding that economically optimal balance.”

Researchers are also experimenting with novel technologies such as semi-transparent solar panels, vertical photovoltaic “fences” or grow lights mounted on the underside of traditional panels to improve the yield of agrivoltaic systems in light-starved environments.

System is crucial for drought-stricken regions

So far, some of the best results from agrivoltaic systems have been achieved in harsh, hot growing conditions such as in Arizona, where one study found that the production of cherry tomatoes doubled and chiltepin peppers tripled under solar panels.

“In those settings, it’s so hot and we’re also starting to face droughts,” explained Thomas Hickey of energy company Sandbox Solar. “So if you can put a little bit more shade over those crops, then it will benefit them.”

Randle-Boggis found similar results on a test plot in Kenya, where panels were placed at a higher density to shield crops from sun and UV damage, allowing for higher electricity generation while reducing the amount of water needed for irrigation by 47 per cent and growing cabbages that were 24 per cent larger.

Agrivoltaic solar farm from Harvesting the Sun Twice project in Kenya, photographed by Chloride Exide
Richard Randle-Boggis worked on a test plot in Kenya. Photo is by Chloride Exide

This is especially significant in countries like Kenya, where unprecedented droughts caused by global warming are already affecting food and water security, and where buying electricity from the national grid is exceedingly expensive, according to Randle-Boggis.

“We’ve reduced their reliance on the national grid, so they’re becoming more self-sufficient,” he explained.

“And there is also the potential for climate-change resilience, because you’re essentially creating a more favourable growing environment and curbing some of those extreme conditions.”

Rooftop agrivoltaics secure resources in cities

Another harsh growing environment in which agrivoltaics can excel is on rooftop farms, where limited water and higher temperatures can hinder both the functioning of panels and the growth of crops.

“When the temperatures get above 25 degrees Celsius, solar panels start to lose efficiency,” said Bousselot. “And by 40 degrees, they’re pretty much off.”

“Rooftops get to that temperature pretty quickly in the summer. So the plants actually benefit the panels because they’re evaporative coolers.”

In a climate like Colorado, where Bousselot is running some of the very first test plots dedicated to rooftop agrivoltaics, the panels have also been shown to extend the growing season of some crops by keeping them warmer at night.

“It’s like having a mini greenhouse without sides,” she explained.

Ultimately, Bousselot argues that rooftop agrivoltaics could help to concentrate essential resources where they are most needed, as more than two-thirds of the world’s population are expected to live in cities by 2050.

“It’s a really neat idea because you’re just getting maximum productive use out of an area that’s already heavily developed,” Randle-Boggis agreed.

Uncertainty a hurdle to adoption

Agrivoltaics are currently in their infancy, with researchers still in the early stages of charting what configurations and crops should be used in different climates to create optimal yields.

“With all the unknown variables, adoption is hard,” Hickey said. “It’s very slow going.”

“There’s so much variability in the results that we’re getting, just because there are so many factors and it is such a new area of research,” Randle-Boggis added.

“It won’t work for every context. So the main focus for solar will still be your typical ground-mounted solar park.”

Agrivoltaics plot at Colorado State University as photographed by Thomas Hickey
Jennifer Bousselot is trialling rooftop agrivoltaics at Colorado State University. Photo is by Thomas Hickey

In an attempt to convert farmers and developers to the cause, Hickey’s company Sandbox Solar is currently developing an agrivoltaic design and modelling software called Spade in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

It will allow users to get a rough idea of what crops and configurations they could use in their local climate, as well as the associated costs and profits based on existing research.

“So you can understand what input costs and what outputs you’ll have – both from the solar and potentially from the crops – and how long the return on investment of that infrastructure would be,” Hickey said.

Mounting systems are more expensive, carbon-intensive and disruptive

There are other practical challenges to bringing agrivoltaics into the mainstream.

In general, dual-use solar systems cost more money to install, due to the larger and more complex mounting systems needed to hold up the panels.

Installing rooftop agrivoltaics, for example, can cost three times as much as installing a traditional flat roof, according to Bousselot.

Sources…

Agrivoltaic array in Jacks Solar Garden in Longmont, Colorado
Agrivoltaics allow plants to work in synergy with solar panels. Photo is by Thomas Hickey

“It is a high initial capital cost,” she explained. “But the long term return on investment is terrific because you end up protecting these [water, energy and food] systems.”

Since agrivoltaics are raised higher above the ground than conventional solar panels, Randle-Boggis says they also need deeper steel foundations and therefore come with a higher embodied carbon footprint.

“They might also be more visually undesirable,” he added. “How that balances with the fact that you’re maintaining the agricultural land is something we will need to find out.”

SDG7 takeaways from COP26

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COP26 has ended with the Glasgow Climate Pact calling on all 197 countries to accelerate efforts on climate action, keeping the hope of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees alive with new and updated NDC and net-zero commitments. Experts agree that this Pact is not enough and that we need much more ambition, finance, and action in this decade to have a fighting chance at achieving net-zero by 2050.

However, all hope is not lost. Over the course of two weeks, we saw several instances of raised ambition from governments and the private sector, committed to accelerating climate action and just transitions.

More specifically, on the main stage on Energy Day and at the SDG7 Pavilion, for the first time, we saw clear commitments focused on energy – the largest contributor to emissions and an important contributor to the blueprint for a sustainable and more prosperous future for all. An important signal was sent in simply having an SDG7 Pavilion for the first time at a COP, which was hosted by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) in partnership with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) and with the support of the UN. While we still have a long way to go, and there is disappointment and frustration at the final outcome, especially by climate-vulnerable countries already dealing with the effects of climate change, here are seven ways in which COP26 has left us poised for action, putting us on a pathway to achieving SDG7 by 2030 and a cleaner, healthier planet by mid-century.

1. Elevating the conversation on clean energy and energy access

For many, COP26 represented a turning point. With less than 9 years to make deep emissions cuts and deliver on SDG7, countries were asked to think long and hard to deliver ambitious updated NDCs – and energy systems were crucial to these commitments. Earlier in the year, at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy convened by the UN Secretary-General, countries, companies, and other stakeholders were asked to make clear, trackable commitments in the form of Energy Compacts.

And at the SDG7 Pavilion, SEforALL, GEAPP and other partners sustained this urgency and continued to elevate the conversation around the importance of action on SDG7 and its critical impact on achieving net-zero targets. In addition, a dedicated and main stage Energy Day put the focus on the critical role of clean energy transitions that encompass energy access goals within the climate action agenda.

The Global Roadmap for Accelerated SDG7 Action in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change officially released by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the side-lines of COP26 was another milestone demonstrating unequivocal support for clean energy as the golden thread tying our collective climate and development goals together.

2. Ensuring a just and equitable energy transition

A critical piece of COP26 negotiations focused on balancing the need for developing and emerging countries to respond to the aspirations of their populations by providing sufficient and reliable energy for development with ensuring an energy transition that would put the world on a pathway to net-zero before it’s too late.

We cannot get to net-zero collectively unless we also factor equity into the conversation. The Glasgow Climate Pact includes multiple references to just transitions, including “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development in a transparent and inclusive manner in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”. But there is very little by way of actual commitments made towards achieving this.

However, on a positive note, countries deeply embedded in fossil fuel energy systems, Nigeria and India, made net-zero commitments supported by evidence and commitments that they had put forward at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy in September 2021. Similar commitments were made by Thailand, Nepal and Vietnam. This now means that nearly 90 percent of the global economy is covered by net-zero commitments. The Energy Transition Council, championed by the COP26 Presidency and supported by SEforALL, will continue at least until COP30 in 2025 to provide a platform for the global community to support these and other developing countries in meeting these targets and achieving a just energy transition.

3. Ending coal-fired power?

It is heartening that for the first time ever, coal has been explicitly mentioned in COP documents and significant commitments were made to transition away from coal, as well as end the financing of coal power abroad. More than 40 countries signed up to a political declaration on Energy Day to transition away from unabated coal power generation, and although the final Glasgow Climate Pact had language changed from ‘phase out’ to ‘phase down’, this is still important progress. This builds on the momentum of the No New Coal Energy Compact commitment presented by Sri Lanka; Chile; Denmark; France; Germany; United Kingdom and Montenegro at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy, responding directly to the Secretary General’s call for halting all new coal-fired power production.

There were significant commitments on the side-lines of the official negotiations, including 28 new members joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance – the world’s largest alliance on phasing out coal – taking the number to more than 160 countries, sub-national governments, and businesses.

Banks and financial institutions made commitments to end the funding of unabated coal. These complement announcements made earlier in the year by China, Japan and South Korea to end overseas coal financing. Additionally, a group of 25 countries signed a UK-led joint statement committing to ending international public financing for the unabated fossil fuel energy sector by the end of 2022, prioritising support for clean energy instead. This functionally ends almost all concessional or public financing of international coal power. The Climate Investment Fund and Asian Development Bank also announced partnerships supporting accelerated transitions away from coal power. While there are still plenty of questions on the robustness of these commitments, as the UNFCCC has stated, the days of coal as a viable energy choice are numbered.

4. Energy Compacts as a tool for support

Since the launch of the Energy Compacts as part of the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy earlier this year, we have received over 200 commitments from a range of stakeholders, including national and local governments, businesses, foundations and international, civil society and youth organisations. These commitments reflect actions and finance commitments through to 2030. The Energy Compacts complement the long term deep-decarbonization commitments with specific actions in the coming years to 2030. Over 157 Energy Compact have now been submitted and found to be in line with the UN-Energy Guiding Principles, including alignment with the Paris Agreement.

To date, the commitments in these Compacts amount to more than USD 600 billion for both energy access and the energy transition. In addition, multi-lateral partnerships have committed to leveraging billions more in additional finance.

Many of these Energy Compacts were showcased at the SDG7 Pavilion at COP26. In addition, UN-Energy announced an Energy Compact Action Network, to be launched in January 2022, to facilitate enhanced cooperation to accelerate the pace of delivery. This Network will be central in facilitating matchmaking, supporting strategic alliances, and enabling the delivery of Compact commitments. It will also help bring together demand and supply-side commitments and monitor the progress of individual Energy Compacts. As part of the UN-Energy Pledge, we commit to supporting Member States and their partners to achieve key milestones on SDG7 by 2025. This will be critical to accelerating the pace of delivery for energy access as well as for the energy transition.

5. Enabling partnerships to catalyse energy action

The official launch of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) by The Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and Bezos Earth Fund signalled the importance of much-needed philanthropic capital to catalyse the much greater levels of investment needed for countries to achieve their energy access and net-zero ambitions. The GEAPP is a platform built on partnerships and new strategic partnerships were entered into during the COP. This includes the U.S. Government’s Power Africa initiative which would bring together nearly two dozen public and private sector partners to seize the opportunity to realise universal, clean energy generation and access for Sub-Saharan Africa by accelerating new distributed renewable energy and grid-based solutions.

Another prominent partnership provided much-needed momentum during the negotiations. The United States and China made a joint announcement that the two nations would work together on more ambitious climate action in this decade, doing more to cut emissions, including methane.

In addition, several multi-stakeholder Energy Compacts were put together as partnerships working towards common goals, including the 24/7 Carbon-Free Compact, the Gender and Energy Compact and the Health Centre Electrification Compact.

The Energy Transition Council, co-chaired by the COP26 Presidency and Sustainable Energy for All, highlighted some important country-level milestones that have resulted from its phase of work (e.g., Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan; Morocco’s agreement to phase out coal, Indonesia’s and Philippines’ agreement to focus on the retirement of coal-fired power plants, and others). The continuation of the ETC for an additional five years was also announced to expand this unique multilateral approach that focuses on political, technical, and financing dialogue with developing and emerging economies to support greater energy transition ambition.

6. Engaging youth to lead a clean energy future

COP26 demonstrated the rising power of youth in having a say in how their future develops. This year at COP26, we saw them take charge by engaging with world leaders to demand change. A statement signed by 40,000 young people was delivered to the COP26 Presidency by climate activists from YOUNGO, the Children and Youth Constituency of UN Climate Change, relaying their priorities, including action on climate finance.

The UK and Italy, in partnership with UNESCO, Youth4Climate and Mock COP coordinated new global action to equip future generations with the knowledge and skills to create a net-zero world. And over 23 countries put forward national climate education pledges, ranging from decarbonizing the education sector to developing school resources.

SEforALL and Enel Foundation launched a new partnership to create the next generation of energy sector leaders in Africa, where energy deficits and access rates are among the world’s highest. Under the banner of an expanded Open Africa Power programme, the partnership targets the training and leadership development of women and youth within the energy sector.

Student Energy, a youth-led organization, through their Energy Compact, committed to deploying USD 150 million towards upskilling, mentoring, and directly financing early- and mid-stage youth-led clean energy initiatives, reaching over 35,000 young people in over 100 countries. Earlier, the SDG 7 Youth Constituency also put forward an Energy Compact aiming at prioritizing the inclusion of young people in global and national energy transition agendas as well as supporting youth-led organisations in accessing funding.

7. Energizing finance

All good intentions mean nothing without the financing to back them up. The commitment made in 2009 to deliver USD 100 billion in annual finance starting from 2020 to support developing countries transition to clean energy and adapt to climate change has still not been met, and at COP26, we saw the timeline being pushed back further.

The clean energy offers for developing countries must include finance at the required scale that will enable them to achieve their net-zero ambition while ending energy poverty and enabling economic growth. As outlined in its energy transition plan presented in the SDG7 Pavilion at COP26, USD 400 billion above business-as-usual spending will be required for Nigeria alone to achieve its net-zero by 2060 commitment.

Several climate finance commitments were made, including a bid to double financing for adaptation as well as a pledge from the UK COP Presidency for USD 500 billion to be mobilized by 2025. And a process to define the new global goal on finance was launched. However, developing countries will have to wait to see whether these promises will be made good at this time, or whether finance will remain the Achilles heel on the pathway to net-zero.

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A new perspective for the sustainable development of Africa!

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Frantic urbanisation, an entrepreneurial revolution, sustained economic and demographic growth, but also a new generation with a green conscience: Africa continues its race towards rapid and necessary transformation, and needs a sustainable model to support this enormous change.

Ecomondo, a point of reference for Europe and the Mediterranean basin for the green and circular economy, is a catalyst for building a network between Africa and Europe, playing the role of facilitator in the transfer of knowledge, technologies and concrete solutions.

The Africa Green Growth forum is intended to promote the conditions to boost investment in Africa, accelerate the energy and ecological transition and enable Italian companies to enter this market. There will be two main focuses: “The sustainable future of Africa cities” and “Green Hydrogen”, while topics such as the circular economy, the bio-economy and young entrepreneurship will also be covered.

Africa Green Growth
10 November, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

KEY ENERGY: THE ROAD TO ENERGY DIVERSIFICATION GOES THROUGH HERE

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From 8th to 11th November, at IEG’s Expo Centre in Rimini, at the same time as Ecomondo 

  • The sections: Wind, Solar and Storage, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable City, E-mobility
  •  A busy conference programme organised by the Scientific Committee, chaired by Professor Gianni Silvestrini

 Rimini, 11 April 2022 – Wind, Solar and Storage, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable City, E-mobility. These are the sections into which the exhibition area of the 15th edition of Key Energy (Rimini Expo Centre, 8-11 November, alongside Ecomondo), an Italian Exhibition Group event, will be divided. A show that, now more than ever is the place to be in order to accelerate the diversification of Italy’s energy supply and to boost system creation in the Mediterranean basin.

KEY ENERGY, EXHIBITION CONTENT

The halls will showcase thermodynamic solar technologies for revamping and repowering, inverters and storage technologies, smart grids and, of course, a special “village” for everything involved in the Bonus 110% supply chain. Floating wind technology will feature alongside on-shore and off-shore wind turbines. Everything from micro and cogeneration, to digitalisation, energy management and ESCOs. Not to mention efficient lighting, IoT and urban regeneration. And lastly, electric cars, commercial vehicles, PHEVs, fleets and corporate car-sharing and car-pooling, batteries and electric car recharging columns. Production on an industrial or domestic scale, storage, efficiency, distribution networks and electric or hybrid vehicles: the Key Energy supply chain will be at the service of the qualitative leap that has now become a dramatic emergency for Italy, where the share of energy produced from renewables dropped to 36% last year (source: QualEnergia.it). The section for the hydrogen supply chain will also be extended.

KEY ENERGY, CONFERENCES

Along with technical workshops and state of the art conferences organised by the Technical-Scientific Committee, headed by Gianni Silvestrini, the second edition of Forum Africa Green Growth will also take place in collaboration with ITA, Res4Africa, Business Council for Africa and IRENA – in crossing with Ecomondo. Still, on the international front, Key Energy will propose a focus on Canada and another specifically on Mexico, where the first edition of Ecomondo Mexico is scheduled to take place from 12th to 14th July in Leon. The NRRP and the Italian strategy for accelerating energy transition will be the main themes of the conferences organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Sustainable Mobility.

ABOUT KEY ENERGY 2022

Event: International trade show; Organizer: Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.; Frequency: annual; Edition: 15th; Dates: 8-11 November;

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 FOCUS ON ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP 

Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., a joint-stock company listed on Euronext Milan, a regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has, with its facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, achieved national leadership over the years in the organisation of trade shows and conferences. The development of activities abroad – also through joint-ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Brazil and India, for example – now sees the company positioned among the top European operators in the sector.

This press release contains forecast elements and estimates that reflect the management’s current opinions (“forward-looking statements”), particularly regarding future management performance, realization of investments, cash flow trends and the evolution of the financial structure. For their very nature, forward-looking statements have a component of risk and uncertainty, as they depend on the occurrence of future events. The effective results may differ (even significantly) from those announced, due to numerous factors, including, only by way of example: foodservice market and tourist flow trends in Italy, gold and jewellery market trends, green economy market trends; the evolution of raw material prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and evolutions in the legislative framework. Moreover, the information contained in this release does not claim to be complete and has not been verified by independent third parties. Forecasts, estimates and objectives contained herein are based on the information available to the Company as at the date of this release.

 

Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet & OLADE to co-chair multi-continent private sector investor’s summits in Washington D.C

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13 Ministers from Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean will come together to discuss how their economies can adapt, in these fast-changing geopolitical times, in order to support a more boarder energy transition.

Co-Chaired by Alfonso Blanco Bonilla, Executive Secretary at OLADE; and Joseph Nganga, from the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, this super high-level round table will focus on market liquidity and the enabling environments for the private sector, the future role of SOEs to support the transition and the challenges governments can face as they consider how diversifying sector revenue flows will impact energy security. Elected by the Meeting of Energy Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, Alfonso and OLADE’s mission is to contribute to the integration, sustainable development and energy security of
the region, advising and promoting cooperation and coordination among its Member Countries.
The Global Alliance for People and Planet aims to extend clean, productive-use energy to 1 billion underserved people, create tens of millions of green jobs, and avoid and avert over 4 billion tons of emissions. The Rockefeller Foundation and its partners have already invested $10bn to establish GEAPP and its finance be critical in enabling clean energy investments across growing economies.
Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer at the United States International Development Finance Corporation, and a veteran of both continents will moderate the high-level roundtable and dive deep into the realities and practicalities facing decision-makers.

The Ministerial Roundtable Participants will be:
 H.E Honourable Guillermo Usandivaras, Undersecretary of Institutional Coordination of
Energy, Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Argentina
 H.E Honourable Stuart Young, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad & Tobago
 H.E Honourable Miguel Lotero, Vice-minister of Energy, Ministry of Mines and Energy,
Colombia
 H.E. Honourable Aissatou Sophie Gladima, Minister, Ministry of Petroleum & Energy,
Senegal
 H.E Honourable Rolando Castro, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Environmental Quality,
Costa Rica
 H.E Honourable William Aidoo (MP), Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
 H.E Honourable Michel Chebat, Minister, Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy & Logistics, Belize
 H.E Honourable Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Development, Uganda

 H.E Honourable Abe Sylla, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Hydraulics and Hydrocarbons,
Guinea
 H.E Honourable Erick Medardo Tejada Carbajal, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Secretary of
Energy, Honduras
 H.E. Honourable Hassan Abdinor Abdi, Minister, Ministry of Energy & Water Resources,
Somalia
 H.E. Honourable Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, Minister, Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Somalia

For more information about these Summits:

Organiser: EnergyNet Ltd.
Meeting dates: 16 – 18 March 2022
Venue: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C., USA

Websites:
Powering Africa Summit (PAS): https://www.poweringafrica-summit.com/
Latin America Energy Forum (LAEF): https://www.latam-growingeconomies.com/
Contact: Monica Rico Castrillo – Marketing Manager
Email: monica@energynet.co.uk

Press Release: Chris Edeh Appointed Island Innovation Ambassadors

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Press Release
Island Innovation Ambassadors 2022

Island Innovation, an international social enterprise, has announced this year’s Island Innovation Ambassadors, a network of islanders from across the globe, including the ambassador, Sir Chris Edeh from Nigeria. These new members empower islands by communicating and developing creative solutions to shared challenges. The program gives Ambassadors the chance to ensure that the voices of their island communities are heard on the world stage.

Sir Chris Edeh has over 20 years of experience in sustainability, innovation, and leadership strategies in Africa. Chris is a leading voice in Nigeria’s renewable energy sector. In addition, he sits on various boards including the UNEP task force on endangered species and the Director global Partnership at the Africa Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA).

The Ambassadors will serve as bridges between their communities, connecting distant islands to ignite conversations about complex and evolving issues. These issues include food security, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change adaptation. Ambassadors will serve as representatives for a diverse range of island communities across the globe, ranging from Prince Edward Island (Canada) to Ile Boulay (Côte d’Ivoire) to St. Lucia to Žirje (Croatia) to Hawai’i to Jamaica to Hainan (China). They will partner with and amplify the voices of politicians, entrepreneurs, innovators, activists and community leaders. The ambassador network allows for the global exchange of knowledge and expertise without geographic limitations and encourages collaboration.

Island Ambassadors have the potential to form a bridge between their local community and a wider audience, which will prevent a sense of isolation in relation to the global evolutions that impact our collective future. Ensuring consistent interaction with community members will catalyse the development of innovative solutions to shared challenges, and drive meaningful, long-lasting, sustainable change across various sectors. This, in turn, will craft a more resilient and sustainable future.

The Island Innovation Ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of training programs which will be organized over the course of their tenure. These sessions will focus on topics such as climate financing, project management, public relations, sustainable tourism and building a sustainable business. The highlight of the Ambassador Program is considered to be the Virtual Island Summit, which takes place at the end of September and into the beginning of October. This is when the Ambassadors will have the chance to set up their local hubs, thus providing a platform to facilitate global conversation with members of their community.

James Ellsmoor, Island Innovation founder, commented: “The Island Innovation ambassadors play an incredibly important role in transmitting sustainable innovations between island communities and sharing best practices. This year’s ambassador cohort is incredibly passionate about economic and environmental issues facing islands, international cooperation, and sustainable development.”

Island Innovation brings together the private sector, government, utilities, NGOs and universities to advance innovation for sustainability and prosperity in islands worldwide. For more information, visit the Island Innovation website.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Isabel Godoy | Ambassador Coordinator
Project & Account Manager at Island Innovation
Contact email: isabel@islandinnovation.co

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ECOMONDO AND KEY ENERGY 2021, ITALY SAYS «GREEN»: THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PASSES THROUGH RIMINI

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ECOMONDO AND KEY ENERGY 2021, ITALY SAYS «GREEN»:

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PASSES THROUGH RIMINI

 The 2021 edition of Italian Exhibition Group’s two shows, the main reference points for the circular economy and renewable energies in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, has come to a close. More than 1,080 brands in Rimini to share green technology expertise and over 500 hours of conferences

Rimini (Italy), 29th October 2021 – The road to ecological transition has been plotted and passes through Rimini, where Ecomondo and Key Energy, Italian Exhibition Group’s two shows dedicated to the circular economy and renewable energies, closed today with results far beyond the most optimistic forecasts. Almost 85% of attendance compared to the last pre-covid edition, more than 1,080 brands exhibiting throughout the Expo Centre covering 90% of the area, 500 hours of conferences and seminars and the tenth anniversary of the States-General of the Green Economy, are numbers that confirm how the urge towards ecological transition also passes through these two historical Rimini events. A place for debate and, above all, business for a community of companies, institutions, bodies and organisations that, in Rimini Expo Centre’s halls, discussed the prominent issues on the agendas of all governments today, particularly in view of the opportunities offered by the NRRP on the eve of a such a fundamental political appointment as COP26 in Glasgow. Italian government participation was also important and qualified, as was the aegis of the European Commission, underlining the importance that these events have assumed over the years as a point of reference both in the Mediterranean area and for top-level European institutions involved in policy, research and innovation within the sectors concerned.

Circular bio-economy, water resources, waste treatment and digitisation processes that bring the green economy within the scope of Industry 4.0 were among the most interesting new developments in the sector at this 2021 edition. Companies working on processes and monitoring are the link between waste material collection and second raw materials. Bio-energies and photovoltaics have grown, also in terms of business generated at the exhibition, as has the entire smart lighting sector in cities linked to efficiency and safety. SAL.VE, the biennial ecological vehicle exhibition, grouped together under one roof chassis builders, urban hygiene vehicle fitters and equipment for waste collection with hybrid or full electric powered vehicles. From mechanical presses to 3D printers powered by bio-plastics, industry and start-ups were explored by qualified and business-oriented operators, turning the two shows into green business events. There was also an increase in the percentage of stands set up with sustainable materials obtained from recycled furniture wood or other building materials, from panels to tiles.

With the events at Ecomondo – organised by the Scientific Committee headed by Professor Fabio Fava – a detailed analysis was carried out on the theme of environmental regeneration, in line with the recommendations of the European Green Deal. Thanks to “beacon conferences”, actions were identified that could enable a systemic and inclusive regeneration of our manufacturing, our cities, our natural heritage, soil, water and seas, for a prompt economic, environmental and social recovery of the country together with Europe and the Mediterranean area.

In the inaugural session of Key Energy, a study prepared for the event by Milan Polytechnic’s Energy Strategy Group, examined the opportunities linked to the NRRP, particularly in terms of economy and employment: there is talk of more than 64 billion euros in additional revenues, as well as 132 thousand more jobs. Furthermore, at the conferences organised by the Scientific Committee headed by Gianni Silvestrini, new developments, from offshore wind to agro-photovoltaics, from energy communities to hydrogen and climate strategies, as well as the first interesting results on the Superbonus and electric mobility front were discussed.

Italian Exhibition Group has set the date with the world of Green Economy and renewable energies for 2022, the year in which the new SOLAR EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE by Key Energy event will also be on the calendar, from 23rd to 25th March 2022, at Rimini Expo Centre: a three-day event dedicated exclusively to the solar energy industry and its supply chains with an exhibition area, conferences, meetings and debates. The event, with its innovative format, highly focused on the needs of solar companies and communities, will be held in synergy and conjunction with the second edition of FORUMTECH, ITALIA SOLARE’s training and information event organised for 23rd March 2022. A further two international events are also on the agenda for 2022: CDEPE – Chengdu International Environmental Protection Expo powered by Ecomondo, the largest green technology exhibition in the western Chinese market, to be held from 20th to 22nd May in Chengdu (coming up this year from 18th to 20th November), and Ecomondo Mexico, organized in partnership with Deutsche Messe, from 12th to 14th July 2022 in León.

ABOUT ECOMONDO 2021

Event: international trade show; Organizer: Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.; Frequency: annual; Edition: 24th; Dates: 26th–29th October; mail: ecomondo@iegexpo.it; Website: www.ecomondo.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/EcomondoRimini; Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ecomondo; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ecomondo-the-green-technologies-expo/

PRESS CONTACT ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

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 FOCUS ON ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the MTA (screen-based stock exchange) organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has built up over the years, through its Rimini and Vicenza venues, a position of domestic leadership in the organisation of trade fairs and conferences, and has developed its foreign activities – also through joint ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, India – which have positioned it among the leading European operators in the sector.

 

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Cooling Community Announces Steps to Beat Global Warming with GBP 12 Million Boost from UK

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11 November 2021 – The UN-led Cool Coalition today announced a series of steps to reduce the climate impact of the cooling industry, including a GBP 12 million boost from the UK Government, the host of COP26.

 

Just 1.5°C of global warming, a temperature limit the world currently looks set to far exceed could leave 2.3 billon people vulnerable to heatwaves. Cooling will be essential to protect human health and productivity under such circumstances – but 7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from cooling already.

 

“The need for cooling in our daily lives – to protect people against heat extremes – will grow. But the way we cool our homes and workplaces is a major driver of climate change. Today, around 10 per cent of the world’s electricity is used for air conditioning. If left unchecked, emissions related to cooling are expected to double by 2030, driven by heat waves, population growth, urbanization and the demands of a growing middle class,” said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director.

 

A transition to efficient and climate friendly cooling, including natural solutions, could allow the expansion of cooling and avoid 4-8 years of global emissions. This includes work under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to replace climate-warming gases, known as hydrofluorocarbons, that are used as refrigerant gases.

 

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said, “I am delighted that we have announced GBP 12 million of Defra Official Development Assistance programming today to provide valuable assistance to developing countries, enabling them to make rapid progress on reducing hydrofluorocarbons and adopting energy efficient cooling solutions.

 

“This funding will support vital work to address inefficient cooling technologies and help develop a resilient and sustainable food supply chain in Africa, delivering the first African centre of excellence for rural cooling and cold chain.”

 

 

Cool Commitments: Highlights

 

Partners have set out a comprehensive agenda to begin delivering on the climate potential of the cooling industry in the wake of COP26. Through its membership of over 120 countries, cities, companies and investors, and other organizations, the Cool Coalition has been an essential catalyst for the Race to Zero in accelerating global efforts and commitments on sustainable cooling.

 

  • 14 cooling suppliers have joined the Race to Zero, representing 28% of the residential AC market. They are ready to supply solutions aligned with their customers’ net-zero commitments. See how Trane and Electrolux are doing this.
  • Gree and Haier committed to bring to market by 2025 residential AC units that have five times less climate impact.
  • 14 countries made the largest government commitment ever to double product efficiency globally by 2030, with a focus on AC, refrigerators, motors and lighting (accounting for 40% of global electricity).
  • EP100 has doubled its membership during the UK’s Presidency of the COP, so more cooling manufacturers and buyers are improving their energy productivity.
  • 53 enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) have integrated sustainable cooling.
  • 25 countries have committed to developing National Cooling Action Plans.
  • 16 cities have committed to tackle extreme heat using the newly launched Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities
  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited committed USD 50million for the development of sustainable cold chain projects in India
  • The UK announced 12 million of Defra Official Development Assistance programming today to make rapid progress on reducing hydrofluorocarbons and adoption of energy efficient cooling solutions. Multilateral Development Banks committed at least USD185 million to stimulate investment in sustainable cooling.

 

In support of these commitments, an unprecedented surge of implementation will fill 2022 and beyond. These implementation efforts will go a long way in turning commitments into emissions reduction and increase resilience.

 

“Cooling is becoming increasingly critical to strengthen our resilience to a warming world. National, local and business commitments to reducing emissions urgently need to translate into implementation that can keep the world cool and achieve net zero in time,” said Nigel Topping, COP26 High Level Climate Champion.

 

Read the full PR on UNEP’s website and on the COP26 Champions Race to Zero website.

 

Get France’s Leadership Guide launched today at COP26 at this link

R131 billion clean energy deal for South Africa

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Rich nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have announced $8.5 billion (R131 billion) in funding over the next three to five years to speed up South Africa’s move from coal to clean energy.

South Africa, the world’s 12th-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, depends on coal to generate most of its electricity.

It will receive a range of funding, including grants and concessional finance, to accelerate investment in renewable energy and the development of green hydrogen.

The plan will involve closing South African coal stations ahead of schedule, Joe Biden told reporters at the Conference of the Parties (COP).

The partnership also includes France, Germany and the European Union.

US President Joe Biden said he’s offering an alternative to China’s plan to build infrastructure in countries that are among the most vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, his special envoy, John Kerry, sees finance pledges approaching the $100 billion annual target.

Much of the focus of Day Two at COP26 in Glasgow is on aid to developing nations, with a separate push for more private sector money for the energy transition.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the partnership would support a just transition to a low carbon economy and a climate-resilient society in South Africa.

South Africa submitted a revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce domestic carbon emissions to within a target range for emissions of between 420 CO2-eq and 350 CO2-eq by 2030.

“This revised target is compatible with the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement and represents our country’s best effort to confront climate change,” Ramaphosa said. “The initial R131 billion will support the implementation of our revised NDC.”

One of the resolutions of the “Political Declaration on the just energy transition in South Africa” is to establish an inclusive task force comprised of South African and international partners.

This task force has set deadlines to meet over the next 12 months, with its first set of commitments deliverable within six months.

Within a calendar year, the task force must:

  • Develop a complete programme of work for this partnership based on an investment plan for the just energy transition of the South African government, including support to address the social and economic impacts.
  • Provide a leaders’ level update to review progress.
  • Identify potential financing instruments and policies that will act to improve Eskom’s long term financial sustainability.
  • Work to address South Africa’s longer-term funding needs to lower emissions across all sectors of the economy.
  •  Identify how to leverage further financial resources, including domestic resources, to that effect.
André de Ruyter, Eskom CEO

The funding commitment for South Africa’s migration from coal comes after Eskom announced it would convert its Komati power plant to generate energy from renewable sources.

Komati’s last coal-fired generation unit is due to shut down next year.

Eskom previously said it would need $10 billion (R155 billion) to shut down most of its coal-fired plants by 2050.

Andre de Ruyter, CEO at Eskom, created a funding plan involving a multi-lender loan facility from development finance institutions that would be paid out in segments over several years to obtain the required funds.

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