Energy

Community Hydropower Dam Illuminates Life in Salvadoran Villages
Energy, Environment

Community Hydropower Dam Illuminates Life in Salvadoran Villages

Active Citizens, Civil Society, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Energy, Environment, Featured, Green Economy, Headlines, Integration and Development Brazilian-style, Latin America & the Caribbean, Projects, Regional Categories, Special Report, Water & Sanitation Energy Benilda Membreño and her son Jaime Márquez enjoy a television programme, a luxury before 2006, when the village of Potrerillos in the eastern Salvadoran department of San Miguel lacked electricity. With the technical and financial support of national and international organisations, the inhabitants of Potrerillos were able to install a mini community hydroelectric plant. CREDIT: Edgardo Ayala/IPSCAROLINA, El Salvador, Sep 30 2020 (IPS) - Ermelinda Lobos’s life has improved substantially...
Intercontinental Energy Forum to Discuss Post-Covid Challenges
Energy, Environment

Intercontinental Energy Forum to Discuss Post-Covid Challenges

Economy & Trade, Energy, Environment, Europe, Headlines, Latin America & the Caribbean Energy One of the largest photovoltaic installations in Central America, with 320,000 solar panels, located in the center of El Salvador. Latin American countries are betting on solar energy as the central pillar of the energy transition, reinforced by the commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS.MEXICO CITY, Sep 25 2020 (IPS) - The economic recovery after the covid-19 pandemic, renewable energy, the gas situation, regulations and investment; mobility and transport, as well as new technologies and the progress of the Paris Agreement will be discussed at the Madrid Energy Conference from 28 September to 2 October. Jeremy Martin, vice-president of the...
Making State-Owned Enterprises Work for Climate in China and Beyond
Energy, Environment

Making State-Owned Enterprises Work for Climate in China and Beyond

Climate Change, Energy, Global, Headlines Opinion Across power, industry and transport, State-Owned Enterprises emit in the aggregate over 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, which is more than any other country except China. Credit: Bigstock.WASHINGTON, Sep 24 2020 (IPS) - President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday China’s aim to become carbon neutral before 2060. Achieving this goal will require the support and engagement of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as they currently generate more than half of the country’s energy sector emissions. SOEs are major drivers of greenhouse gas emissions globally, particularly in emerging economies.  Across power, industry and transport, these companies emit in the aggregate over 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent an...
Looking for Jobs in Latin America – Can the Energy Transition Help?
Energy

Looking for Jobs in Latin America – Can the Energy Transition Help?

Economy & Trade, Energy, Headlines, Labour, Latin America & the Caribbean Opinion Itaipu, the largest hydroelectric power station in the Americas, shared by Brazil and Paraguay on their Paraná river border. Credit: Mario Osava / IPSVERNON, Canada, Sep 22 2020 (IPS) - Can the “energy transition” in Latin America help address the risks caused by greenhouse gases (GHG) on the climate, and the economic depression caused by the pandemic? Energy transition refers to the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption — including oil, natural gas, and coal — to renewable energy (RE) sources like wind and solar, etc. Proponents of investments in RE highlight investments’ impacts on jobs and industrialization opportunities. RE deployment implies a trade-off betwe...
Energy

CPVO’s exceptional measures to extend time limits for payments come to an end

On 27 April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the aim to support plant breeders facing unforeseen financial difficulties, the President of the CPVO took the exceptional decision to extend deadlines for payment of the annual fee (Article 9 fees regulation) and the payment of examinations fees (Article 8 fees regulation).We would like to kindly remind all concerned stakeholders and plant breeders that the measures laid out in the decision of 27 April have come to an end on Monday 21 September 2020. As a result, we would like to confirm to all applicants and right-holders with outstanding unpaid fees that the CPVO is now reverting to the one-month deadline for payment after the reminder date. In practice, what does it means if you have outstanding fees falling outside the...
State-Owned Companies Are Key to Climate Success in Developing Countries, but Are Often Overlooked in the International Dialogue
Energy, Environment

State-Owned Companies Are Key to Climate Success in Developing Countries, but Are Often Overlooked in the International Dialogue

Climate Change, Economy & Trade, Energy, Environment, Global, Headlines Opinion When it comes to climate, state-owned enterprises are and will remain major actors in energy and other sectors that are central to the low-carbon effort. Credit: IPS.WASHINGTON, Sep 16 2020 (IPS) - Later this month, government officials and climate stakeholders will once again converge on New York City (this time virtually) for Climate Week and the United Nations meetings.  And while there will be much discussion about the important role that actors such as private businesses, civil society and cities will need to play in the climate change effort, there will once again be relatively little discussion about one key cohort: government-owned companies.  Although these companies are not prominent i...
Energy Cooperatives Swim Against the Tide in Mexico
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Energy Cooperatives Swim Against the Tide in Mexico

Civil Society, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Energy, Environment, Featured, Green Economy, Headlines, Integration and Development Brazilian-style, Latin America & the Caribbean, Projects, Regional Categories Energy Onergia, one of the two energy cooperatives operating in Mexico today, installs photovoltaic systems, such as this one at the Tosepan Titataniske Union of Cooperatives in the municipality of Cuetzalan, in the southern state of Puebla. CREDIT: Courtesy of OnergiaMEXICO CITY, Aug 31 2020 (IPS) - A Mexican solar energy cooperative, Onergia, seeks to promote decent employment, apply technological knowledge and promote alternatives that are less polluting than fossil fuels, in one of the alternative initiatives with which Mexico is seeking to move...