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How solar hybridisation of mini-grids can open up new opportunities for rural businesses

he development of decentralised solar hybrid power stations offers new opportunities to improve rural access to electricity. If the benefits of solar are harnessed, the terms of access and quality of electricity supply can almost match national grids: 24-hour availability with high power handling capability. This is where rural micro-businesses – productive customers – come in.

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CCD / C2A Factsheet | The “4 per 1000” Initiative: caution!

In March this year the French Minister of Agriculture presented the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative at the Climate-Smart Agriculture conference in Montpellier. A brochure2 published by the ministry presents an initiative that puts agriculture at the heart of climate issues, not only as the sector most affected by climate change and as a producer of greenhouse gasses, but also as a solution in terms of mitigation. It also set the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative within the Agenda of Solutions3 promoted by the French and Peruvian presidencies of the COP20 and 21 and the Secretary General of the United Nations, despite the uncertainties surrounding it at this stage.

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Social value of carbon revealed

Carbon pricing is likely to be one of the ingredients of the climate agreement negotiated during COP21. In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol launched the festivities via an international CO2 emission allowance trading system. It gave rise to an international carbon price which serves as a reference today. Yet carbon has several prices and limiting a ton of CO2 simply to a price defined by a market means that its social value is overlooked.

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CCD Factsheet | Combination of early warning system and climate information is key to ensure long-term resilience

The Climate and Development Committee of Coordination SUD (French NGO platform) has released a new factsheet: “Combination of early warning system and climate information is key to ensure long-term resilience”. This factsheet has been coordinated by Care France. The contributors are: ACF, AVSF, CARE-France, Croix-Rouge française and GERES.

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Measuring what matters in the Energy Sustainable Development Goals

The SDG discussions have recognised that access to sustainable energy is crucial for many areas of development as well as for addressing climate change. Billions of people worldwide still do not have the energy services they need to lift them out of poverty and build sustainable development. Proposed SDG 7 aims to close this energy gap and “ensure access to affordable, sustainable, reliable, and modern energy services for all”, with targets on universal access to energy, increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix and doubling the annual rate of improvement in energy intensity.

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Climate change, a challenge for our century

Opinion article of the Climate and Development Committe of Coordination SUD – March 2014. Do climate events really have to catch up with us before we finally become aware of the scale of the threats we face and the urgent need for action? That’s the fear of the NGO members of the Climate and Development Committee of Coordination Sud which has called, in its opinion column “Climate change, a challenge for our century”, for extensive citizen mobilization to spur the world powers into making a strong political commitment. France must demonstrate leadership by encouraging the European Union to adopt a much more ambitious energy and climate policy. GERES is leading the Climate and Development Committee until 2015 and calling for this mobilization.

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For support in farmer biofuel trials

GERES/IRAM position paper on biofuels in Africa. Seeing the vigorous campaign waged against industrial biofuels by many international solidarity NGOs, GERES and IRAM can only share the criticisms voiced. The devastating impacts that biofuel crops grown in intensive monoculture for non-local use can have on both people and ecosystems, which include deforestation, land grabbing and threats to food security, are now widely recognized. Nevertheless, GERES and IRAM want to turn the spotlight onto farmer biofuels.

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