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SolarAid’s SunnyMoney wins Prince of Wales’s Business In The Community / Unilever Global Development Award: a personal note to all stakeholders

bitc-winners I and my colleagues at SolarAid and SunnyMoney are deeply grateful to all the many and varied stakeholders who made this award possible, most of whom have the dubious privilege of receiving my periodic e-mails. To all the SolarAid supporters who fund SunnyMoney – from Canadian elementary schools, via round-the-world-cyclists,… Read-more
Posted in Change for Good

G20 climate risk report is a wake-up call for fossil-fuel investors

Untitled My latest for Recharge: It is rare for a report to hold the potential to change the world, but one study published last month may do just that. The Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD — a group of experts assembled by the G20’s Financial Read-more
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Thoughts on significance of Solar Impulse as it finishes epic round-the-world trip

Screenshot 2016-07-26 16.57.27 My interview on BBC World Service Newshour: the heroism of the adventurer pilots, Bertrand Picard and Andre Borschberg, and the feeling on the ground of what their beautiful story means – at least for many in the clean energy industries. Listen to the interview  … Read-more
Posted in Change for Good, Interviews

Change of format for this site

The announcements by E.ON and the Bank of England potentially mark the beginning of a whole new era in the energy transition, I believe. Accordingly, I am changing the format of the site, in anticipation of frenetic relevant news flow from here on, including weekly mini digests.… Read-more
Posted in Change for Good, Chronicle

Ten years of watching unrealistic scenarios in IEA World Energy Outlooks.

David Macleod for Resilience: “The International Energy Agency (IEA) is the energy watchdog of the industrial world. The developed nations of the world were caught off guard by the oil crisis of 1973.” “They then realized energy resources are so fundamental to all of civilization, and recognized how vulnerable… Read-more
Posted in Change for Good, Chronicle

First US public offering of solar bonds: crowdfunding at the next level?

Guardian: “The largest solar installer in the US announced Wednesday that it is offering up to $200m in bonds to retail investors, marking the first registered public sale of solar bonds in the country.”… Read-more
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The US shale production surge: oil prices still likely to stay high.

Stephen Kopits on Princeton Energy Advisors: “Oil prices certainly have been weak.  How should we think about the matter? Shale oil has been and continues to be the star of the global oil supply.”… Read-more
Posted in Change for Good, Chronicle

“How a single multinational corporation could light up the world.”

Guardian: “Most Americans take turning lights on for granted. But one in five people in the world still can’t plug anything in. The World Bank estimates 1.2 billion people lack electricity all together – resulting in millions of premature deaths yearly – and many more have undependable or unaffordable… Read-more
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SolarAid’s CGI commitment: eradicate kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.

SolarAid press release, no url: “At the 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative, SolarAid commits to build an alliance to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.”… Read-more
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Leading companies pledge to transition to 100% renewables.

Climate Group: “Leading businesses including, IKEA, Swiss Re, BT, Formula E, H&M, KPN, Mars, Nestlé, Philips, Reed Elesvier, J. Safra Sarasin and Yoox, join a powerful group of NGOs and clean energy experts today to announce the launch of a multi-year initiative to encourage major companies to commit to using… Read-more
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