by Romy Abou Farhat and Alexander Pfeiffer The rapid growth of decentralised renewable energy (RE) technologies, such as wind and solar has already influenced change in the traditional centralised power supply business models around the world. It has complemented fossil fuel generation to meet the increasing electricity demand in some regions, and disrupted traditional energy … Continue reading The Effects of the Emergence of Renewable Energies on Business Models in today’s Power Industry: A Primer
by Casey Catherine Miller and Alexander Pfeiffer Coming to my first COP I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of passionate youth dedicated to making an impact in their world that I have met at the conference. It’s difficult to go to a side event without making contact at least once with a young person … Continue reading Youth at the COP22 – Change Needed: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 12 (Week 2)
Catch up with the delegation and highlights of the negotiations from November 7-14 2016. Get the background on COP22 here. Follow all the YEL delegation activities and analysis at COP22 here. COP22 in review: highlights from the conference Monday 7: Youth, Capacity Building Tuesday 8: Forests, Land Degradation, Water Wednesday 9: Resilience Thursday 10: Energy … Continue reading COP22 Daily Video Blog
By Yanzhu Zhang and Alexander Pfeiffer In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavor to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by … Continue reading Can Marrakech COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris COP21?
by Selina Leem A dear friend of mine expressed her anger about how not only our country, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, but also the rest of the world is only responding to climate change now. She was skeptical about our country’s attempt of banning Styrofoam and about those who do not know what … Continue reading Why should climate change be top of mind for young people – and especially in Europe?
The Need for an Inclusive, Two-Way Exchange of Environmental Education by Casey Catherine Miller and Alexander Pfeiffer After a Sunday to collect our thoughts on week 1 and explore the maze-like streets of Marrakech, week 2 kicked off with a day focused on education and its relation to climate change. Countless people stood up to … Continue reading Implementers and Initiators: COP22 Blog – Day 8 (Week 2)
by Alexander Clark and Alexander Pfeiffer Good afternoon from Marrakech! It’s Tuesday of Week 2 at COP22, and the week is already half over. The Low Emissions Solutions Conference, the first of its kind to be held at any of the UN climate conferences, took up the first half of the week. The conference brought … Continue reading The Low Emission Solution Conference: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 9 (Week 2)
by Shrina Kurani and Alexander Pfeiffer COP is two weeks long, meaning one thing: a weekend to replace stiff deliberations with warm-blooded people. There was still work to do on Saturday, but both days also served a selection of external events outside of the COP village. The Development and Climate Days were a breath of … Continue reading Replacing COP with People: COP 22 Daily Blog – Days 6 and 7 (Week 1)
by Romy Abou Farhat and Alexander Pfeiffer Day 5 at the COP was focused around energy, in particular issues of energy access, energy storage, and renewable energy. Almost every country or region present at the COP held an event around these topics, to demonstrate where they are in terms of technological capacities, innovation, and accessibility. … Continue reading Energy Day: COP22 Daily Blog – Day 5 (Week 1)
By Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer The weekends at COP seem to be a combination of three things: a continuation of the COP itself, other side events and activities taking place, and this time, the palpable sense of lack of achievement. Main plenaries on Saturday featured a stock taking of the progress so far at … Continue reading The Dwindling ‘Spirit of Paris’: COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 6 (Week 1)