BEV is a billion-dollar fund to finance breakthroughs in energy technology. Speaking in Paris recently Bill Gates described their strategic focus.
Bill Gates: “Energy transitions take a long time, but there’s more urgency than ever to prevent the worst impacts of climate change,” said Gates, in a statement. “We need new models of investment and new partnerships between governments and a broad network of investors, companies, and energy customers. Breakthrough Energy is designed to help facilitate those partnerships and bring more energy products from the lab to the market more quickly.”
In a recent LinkedIn comment, Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of AECOM talked about the importance of thinking about and planning for resilience in every project large or small. What does this mean for development work? We need to be thinking and talking about how to build resilience into all of our projects moving forward.
Read Mr. Burke’s opinion piece here.
Through the USAID SWS Learning Partnership efforts are being made to try different approaches to operations and maintenance. Read this blog post from Ethiopia Country Director John Butterworth.
China has made toilets a significant priority according to a recent Guardian article.
Recent articles mark the trend towards renewables:
Read about Shell – less of an oil company moving forward. In Australia, “Banks warned of ‘regulatory action’ as climate change bites global economy”. And Canada promises legislation in 2018 to punish carbon polluters.
Tamil Nadu’s share of renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and small hydro) in its total energy mix hit 20% in the first five months (April-August) of fiscal 2017, according to a report by research firm Elara Capital. Read article