Representatives from around the globe gather in Poland today for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conversations will focus on what is needed to set the course for action on climate change.
“The United Nations provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world. And as the #ParisAgreement proved, together we can make real change happen.” Sir David Attenborough at #COP24. #TakeYourSeat
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) December 3, 2018
These are urgent conversations and we at Bambwa Group, like many of you, are eager to see the talk lead to real action. It’s not only urgent because we know what’s at stake but also because we have already witnessed the efforts of actionable change-makers – individuals, corporations and governments enacting climate positive change, and we feel the urgent need to witness more of this.
In Africa there is no abstraction, it’s a very visceral and immediate issue. One driving some very impressive change.
Last week we saw several news stories that give us something to be optimistic about. There was the news of a Kalahari Desert’s Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. Kathu is a behemoth, expected to pump 100MW into South Africa’s electricity grid and leading to a reduction of carbon dioxide output by six million tons over the next 20 years.
That wasn’t the only news. We also saw that the African Development bank had approved a loan of R3 billion to another 100MW super Solar Park in the Northern Cape Provinces.
More of this kind of thing please!
Bridging Nordic and Africa Solutions
Bringing it slightly closer to home we have seen some really impressive initiates being driven by Nordic companies eager to effect change in Africa and beyond and contribute towards a clean energy future.
MPAYG is one such company. The Danish founded project seeks to alleviate the woes of some of the worlds 1.2 billion energy poverty sufferers by providing them with affordable, mobile pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar energy solutions. Mobile payment is a standard in many African countries, and MPAYG is providing a solution to low-income African households that meets their needs. Making clean energy readily accessible to this market it reduces the reliance on traditional, carbon-heavy, biomass energy.
MPAYG’s unique solution.
Trine founder Sam Manaberi.
Trine is another project that is blipping on our radar. Based in Gothenberg and Nariobi, they descibe themselves as “making it easy for people to invest in solar energy in growing markets. Our mission is to give people a triple return on investment – earn a profit while making social and environmental impact.”
Trine appear to be making on good on at least some of their word, as of January 2018 they have helped to reduce over 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, providing some 170,000 people with electricity.
We hope to see even more of these Nordic African partnerships flourish in the coming years. It’s always inspiring to see global forces united for the common good!
Let’s create a dialogue together.
On a more immediate tip – we hope you might join us in some of our upcoming events to talk about how we can play a part in the success story of the future. Remember, we don’t just want you – we need you!