New study: Feed-in Tariffs can unlock Africa’s untapped renewable energy potential

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World Future Council, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth UK launch comprehensive policy guide for African decision makers.

Doha, Johannesburg, Hamburg, November 30 – A new report for policy makers launched today by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation at the UN climate summit COP 18 in Doha, Qatar shows that Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff policies (REFiT) are a promising mechanism to unlock the renewable energy development in Africa. REFiTs encourage investment in renewable energy generation – from individual home owners and communities to big companies – by guaranteeing to buy and pay for all the electricity produced. When tailored to the local context, such a policy can successfully increase overall energy production in both on and off-grid areas. Moreover, the decentralized nature of REFiTs allows for alternative ownership and governance models and provides the opportunity to empower communities as well as revitalising local democracy and self-governance.

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Climate change: World Future Council calls for “quick change of course”

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Abu Dhabi / Doha / Hamburg, 27 November 2012 – As the World Bank strongly warns of the devastating effects of a four-degree temperature rise and as hopes for a ground-breaking outcome of the UN Climate Conference in Qatar are low, the World Future Council concluded its 6th Annual General Meeting with a renewed commitment to work with policy makers worldwide to preserve a healthy planet for future generations. “A quick change of course is an absolute prerequisite to prevent the impending consequences of unchecked climate change,” commented WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull. “We will continue working with all our power to ensure that the rights of future generations are respected worldwide. Political decisions taken in the next five years are crucial for all generations to come.”

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Power to the People: the European Energy Transition

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Power to the people: Community-based energy transition surest and most effective strategy for the European energy sector

International strategy meeting of 40 European policy makers and experts calls upon national governments

Hurup Thy/ Hamburg, 10 October 2012 –  High citizen participation and regional value creation from decentralised renewable energy production are the success factors of the German and Danish move towards achieving 100 per cent renewable energy. People, communities and regions are therefore the driving force of the biggest transformational process in Europe since the invention of the steam engine. This was the conclusion of a strategy meeting organised by the World Future Council and the Climate Service Center (CSC) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, at which 40 policy makers and experts from 15 European countries as well as Canada came together at the Nordic Folkecenter, Denmark in order to confer on political instruments and implementation possibilities for a Europe-wide energy transition.

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Community-based energy transition most effective strategy

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Power to the people: Community-based energy transition surest and most effective strategy for the European energy sector

International strategy meeting of 40 European policy makers and experts calls upon national governments

Hurup Thy/ Hamburg, 10 October 2012: High citizen participation and regional value creation from decentralised renewable energy production are the success factors of the German and Danish move towards achieving 100 per cent renewable energy. People, communities and regions are therefore the driving force of the biggest transformational process in Europe since the invention of the steam engine. This was the conclusion of a strategy meeting organised by the World Future Council and the Climate Service Center (CSC) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, at which 40 policy makers and experts from 15 European countries as well as Canada came together at the Nordic Folkecenter, Denmark in order to confer on political instruments and implementation possibilities for a Europe-wide energy transition.

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“Africa will be the Powerhouse of the World”

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Africa’s renowned renewable energy network ‘AREA’ predicts massive renewable energy uptake in the next decade

Bellagio / Hamburg/ Johannesburg, 30 May, 2012: In the next ten years Africa will be at the center of the global energy map due to massive investments in renewable energy technologies, the electricity grid and off-grid appliances. Participants of the annual meeting of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) based this positive assumption on the massive price decline of renewable energy technologies, recent political developments and the specific benefits of renewable energies for off-grid regions. The conference, hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre and the World Future Council, gathered experts, politicians and investors from 17 countries.

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African Renewable Energy Alliance Celebrates 2nd Birthday

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AREA Network now provides service in English, French and Portuguese

“Let’s work together to change lives!”

Johannesburg / Hamburg, 12 October 2011. Today, 550 members from 61 countries are working together to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy in urban and rural Africa in order to improve peoples’ livelihoods and to protect the environment. The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) is a global platform for policy-makers, business, civil society and academia to exchange information and consult on policies, technologies and financing of renewable energy. Celebrating its second birthday, the AREA website www.area-net.org now offers service and information in English, French and Portuguese.

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The inconvenient truth about the climate-nuclear nexus

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Uncovering the oft-neglected linkages between nuclear and climate risks

Hamburg / London, 12 September 2011. Climate change will be the focus on Wednesday, 14 September, when Al Gore follows up his award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth” with the Climate Reality Project (www.climaterealityproject.org), a 24-hour campaign aimed at revealing the complete truth of the climate crisis.

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“Women should be at the forefront of the energy revolution”

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13 African Nations at „Power Kick for Africa‟ Conference in Abuja

Abuja, 1 July 2011. Access to cleaner, more affordable energy for their people is a current priority for many African nations. 70 participants from 13 African Nations – policy makers as well as representatives from business and civil society – discussed the topic of renewable energy at an international conference from 30 June to 1 July in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. In sessions on policy, technology, project development, finance and African leapfrogging participants exchanged experiences in best practices as well as best policies. The conference was arranged by the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA).

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Renewable energy is a chance for Africa

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‘Power Kick’ Conference on practical policy implementation in Abuja, Nigeria

Hamburg / Abuja, 20 June 2011. Access to cleaner, more affordable energy for people worldwide is a current priority for the United Nations. But what exactly do African countries need in order to foster renewable energies? This is the focus of a conference arranged by the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) taking place from 29th June to 1st July in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

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Nuclear risk and climate change connection analyzed in new World Future Council report

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Groundbreaking research examines convergence of nuclear and climate threats and its implications for global security

Hamburg, Germany, 17th of May: The World Future Council (WFC) released its latest report today, entitled Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament: From Security Threats to Sustainable Peace. It is the outcome of groundbreaking research by a member of the WFC Peace and Disarmament Working Group, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran of the University of Hamburg.

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