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“Investment requires stable policy

Around the world, renewable energy contributes on average 13 percent to power generation; Africa lags behind with less than 11 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources.

And Sven Teske, one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources”, cautions that “renewables” in Africa mostly refers to unsustainable biomass – firewood and charcoal, produced and consumed using inefficient and rudimentary techniques.

The gap could grow still wider. “While in Europe over 60 percent of new generation is from renewable sources, and only eight percent by coal, Africa has hardly any investment in renewables,” he says.

South Africa, the continent’s largest polluter, is putting billions into building the massive Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power plants in the rural Mpumalanga province.

“We hope this report helps build a long-term political framework for investment in renewables – mostly wind and solar power – and in achieving energy efficiency,” says Teske.”

via SOUTH AFRICA: Sound Policy Key to Renewable Energy – IPS ipsnews.net.

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Posted May 31, 2011 by arnoneumann in Energy, Environment

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