Sustainable Energy for Development: People, organizations, and projects active in environmentally benign energy sources for developing countries.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Supporting Poor Communities Under the Kyoto Protocol
: "July 16, 2003 -- Poor communities in developing countries will benefit from the groundbreaking Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which became operational yesterday. The World Bank which developed the CDCF in collaboration with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and the International Emissions Trading Association, announced commitments of $35 million from both public and private sector participants, as part of a $100 million package. ..
The CDCF represent a pioneer effort which focuses on small-scale projects at the local level in the least developed countries and poor communities of developing countries, through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement to limit climate altering greenhouse gas emissions. This flexibility mechanism of the Protocol allows OECD countries to fulfill some of their greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments through projects in the developing world.
The CDCF will support initiatives with significant and measurable community development benefits in fields such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and solid waste to energy conversion. So far, contributors include the governments of Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands, Japanese companies such as Daiwa Securities SMBC, Idemitsu Kosan, Nippon Oil, Okinawa Electric, BASF of Germany, and ENDESA of Spain. A number of other companies and governments are expected to announce their participation over the next several weeks.." 2:54:57 PM
Decentralized Infrastructure For Rural Transformation Project
: Worldbank $20m project in Bolivia: "This project will provide financing for the first phase of an ambitious plan to bring electricity and communications capabilities to rural communities, where 40 percent of the population live. New or improved technologies, including solar energy and cellular telephony, will conquer geographical obstacles that have limited past infrastructure expansion projects in the countryside. Initial goals include installation of 15,000 household solar power systems, 25,000 new cellular phone users in 100 communities, and a fully operational Internet portal that is part of the Country Gateway web network of development-oriented information systems. For more information, please call Christopher Neal at (202)-473-7229, fax at 522.3698, or e-mail Cneal1@worldbank.org
" Project information documents available
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Reunion Island RE
: "- The president of Reunion says his African island can become energy self-sufficient with the development of renewable energy sources. Paul Vergès says Reunion will become a "unique example in the world of an island without oil or power but with wind, solar and volcanic energy." " 2:35:53 PM
: "- Syria will invest US$1.5 billion until 2011 to install 800 MW of wind turbines and 16,000 solar PV systems in 1,000 villages. Renewables should provide 4% of national energy by 2011, and create 7,225 jobs and reduce annual GHG emissions by 2.6 MT. Electricity minister Mouneib Saem Al-Daher says generation of the same output by oil would cost only $410 million but, in the long term, would cost $5.6 billion while the renewables option would be $3.3 billion. " 2:33:25 PM