UN Climate Change Conference COP 18

UN Climate talks vital but not the only way

Stefan Schurig, Climate and Energy Director at the World Future Council talks about the frustration felt by the UN climate process but also how vital the talks still are. He stresses that countries have to sit together and find consensus on climate change because this problem that doesn’t know country borders.

Re-fitting Africa with Renewable Energy

Ansgar Kiene, Director of the Africa Liaison Office at World Future Council talks about his work aimed at re-fitting Africa with renewable energy. He says that the majority of African countries are facing an energy crisis which is leading to a loss of productivity for manufacturers and is a major barrier to social development.

We must create new money to save the climate

Jakob Von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council, talks about the need to create new money to save the climate. He says it is absurd that we are about the destabilise the climate because we say there is no money, when there are means of creating new money.

Anger at lack of progress in Doha

Luc Gnacadja, WFC Councillor and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, states that the postponement of a decision on agriculture and climate change at the UN climate talks in Doha is a mistake nations will live to regret. “My question is: What else do they need to know to take agriculture on board? Do they mean we can still afford to take more time?"

Launch of WFC report: Feed-in Tariff Policies best tool to unlock renewable energy potential in Africa

A new report for policy makers launched by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation at the UN climate summit COP 18 in Doha shows that Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff policies (REFiT) are a promising mechanism to unlock the renewable energy development in Africa. The report provides an in-depth analysis of existing policies in 13 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The study doubles as a comprehensive guide for African decision and policy makers.

An executive summary can be downloaded here. The full study will be available for download and in print by the end of 2012.

For further information on the study read our press release

WFC Side-Events at COP18

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC takes place at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. The World Future Council hosted two side events at the COP:

“Renewable Energy Revolution - Lessons applied in the Middle East and Africa” - 30/11
Germany’s feed-in tariff policy delivered the basis for an ambitious energy transition with the aim of phasing out nuclear power. It therefore provides a blueprint for countries worldwide. How can REFITs in Africa and the Middle East help to provide electricity access and thus tackle poverty whilst leapfrogging dirty technologies? – In partnership with Heinrich Boell Foundation. Download the flyer here.

Climate change resilience and the role of regenerative cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - 03/12
GCC countries have developed rapidly due to fossil fuel revenues facilitating natural resource consumption. Vulnerability to climate change threatens this development. Experts will discuss projected impacts of climate change and response strategies including ‘regenerative’ development in the region. – In partnership with HafenCity University Hamburg and WWF. Find more information in our invitation.

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