10 March 2019
It was with great sadness that we at the Energy Research Centre learned that our former colleagues, Max Thabiso Edkins, passed away in a fatal plane crash. We remember Max for his passionate and excellent research into renewable energy during his time at ERC from 2009 to 2011. You can find publications by Max published on renewable energy policy, technology and external costs on our web-site (see here). Max contributed to research on climate change mitigation scenarios; continued this work when he moved on to work with the World Bank. Our condolences to his family – this must have been devastating news. Max’s untimely passing is a loss for us at ERC, the country, continent and planet.
How can clean energy be provided for those 600 million people in sub-saharan Africa that currently lack reliable energy access? Project RISE: Renewable, Innovative and Scalable Electrification in Uganda and Zambia aims at finding answers to this complex challenge. Can clean energy be provided for 600m people in sub-saharan Africa who lack reliable energy access?
The climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice agreed on a rulebook for future.
Most of the ‘Paris rule-book’ was agreed, which is a considerable step forward in a highly uncertain political context. The rules provide some rigour, in that upfront information is made more mandatory. And the framework to enhance transparency is detailed, with a good fundamentals on tracking progress, review and starting to include some reporting on adaptation.
The world’s climate leaders are meeting at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice, Poland, this week. The overarching question this year is how to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which 184 countries have ratified so far, to meet its main objective: keeping global warming “well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5° C.”