Opinion on Renewables in Middle East and Africa

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Back to BASICs for India at Cancun

It's COP time again, and the world will resume its yearly chant about the need to address climate change. The baby steps taken in Copenhagen at the COP15 will be the focus of attention as most developed nations push to make these into more binding agreements. There will therefore be a lot of interest in the four BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - and what they come up with.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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CommentWire

Global intermittency issues could be alleviated within the decade

Intermittency, in the context of energy, refers to power generation sources that are not continuously accessible due to factors outside of energy providers' direct control, such as the availability of wind and sunlight. But declining costs, improved efficiencies, and technological advances are helping to alleviate the intermittency problem associated with renewables.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2011
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CommentWire

Global renewable energy investment: strong growth but doubts remain over future of political support

Global investment in clean energy has risen by 30% year-on-year, reaching a total of $243bn according to Ernst & Young's latest report. China has consolidated its position as the most attractive country globally for renewable energy development; however, there are significant disparities between countries, and uncertainty over political support persists.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2011
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Green IT initiatives are not insurers' top priority

The insurance industry, perhaps more than any other sector, has the most to lose - and gain - from global climate change. In spite of this, a recent Datamonitor survey has found that few insurers operate their IT departments with the environment in mind. This does not mean, however, that insurers are not actively and positively affecting today's most challenging environmental issues.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2008
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Hedging and softening: stage management of the prospects for a Copenhagen agreement

The incoming 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) president and Danish minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, has be keen to emphasize that the upcoming UN climate change conference absolutely must deliver a politically binding framework that tackles global climate change. However, there is a real possibility that a substantive agreement will not be reached.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2009
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Impressive growth in renewable energy capacity continues

New UN figures show that, despite the global recession and lackluster climate change talks, 2009 saw more renewable power generation capacity installed than traditional fossil fuel capacity. Having already negotiated such a difficult period, fears that the clean energy investment bubble is about to burst are unfounded.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010
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Kyoto 'sustainable' policy to promote coal power

The Clean Development Mechanism - a framework designed to stimulate sustainable development projects in developing countries using predominantly EU funding - is to subsidize new coal-fired plants in India and China. This controversial decision raises serious concerns about the framework's environmental integrity and the legitimacy of its contributions to sustainable development.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010
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Low-temperature, low-pressure systems could take waste heat recovery into the mainstream

A growing number of eco-awards are being won by process heat recovery systems. The Aqua-Society, for example, won the 2010 German Sustainability Award for its production of electricity from low-pressure waste steam at temperatures as low as 70 degrees Celsius. While such capabilities could help popularize the technology, it remains to be seen whether it can match the success of wind and solar.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2010
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Renewables under threat from methane hydrates

Supporters of renewable energy might feel confident that the future belongs to them. However, this confidence might be dented because there are signs that another major form of fossil fuel is approaching commercial viability.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013

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