The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions – a Swiss NGO established by Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse Foundation and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) made an agreement to work together to bring renewable energy to Africa.
Isabelle Durant – UNCTAD Deputy-Secretary General had the following to say:
“UNCTAD guides developing countries, including least developed countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, toward energy policies that support productive and sustainable economic activity. But we also aspire to connect governments looking for new solutions to the innovators that are working on them…With this agreement, UNCTAD and the World Alliance will work together to introduce concrete solutions to Africa in support of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”
Before signing the agreement both parties participated in a discussion that was webcast live.
Piccard highlighted the current availability of solutions like those made by Danish solar platform M-PAYG, “profitable solutions to produce renewable energy…” and explained how his company searched the world for commercial companies that could make a profit while producing clean and sustainable tech and services. Now they have vital UN support in doing so.
The event also highlighted some really interesting energy innovations, such as Ecowave Power(see video below) who build shoreline buoys that harness wave energy and hiLyte-Power, a crowdfunded cleaner battery hoping to replace the polluting kerosene lamps commonly used in Sub Saharan Africa.
All in all, it looks like some real moves are being made by those at COP24.
Let’s see more of this kind of action in 2019. 💪