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Originally published in Energy Storage UK company Solarcentury has commissioned two solar-storage-diesel mini-grids in rural communities in Eritrea that are far away from the grid and have relied purely on diesel power until now. The hybrid power systems at Areza (1.25MW) and Maidma (1MW) took eight months to build, with a combination of solar PV, lithium-ion batteries from US firm Tesla, and backup diesel generators from Caterpillar. The sites, providing 24/7 and cheaper power to 40,000 people…

Published originally in ISSD This week saw the publication of an InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) report designed to help the global science community, and in particular the world’s science academies, support the SDGs more effectively and with more urgency. This report, titled, ‘Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking,’ has been prepared for a critical moment in the UN’s 2030 Agenda, the global blueprint for the economic, social and environmental development of our planet. In September 2019, four…

First published in University World News A new report reveals that global research is increasingly being redirected towards addressing poverty, reducing inequality and tackling the effects of climate change. But it finds that European nations dominate research focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with North America and Asia and Pacific regions contributing less; while Africa, the Arab States and Latin America are smaller participants, even though the SDGs are key concerns in…

Published first in Business World by Marissa Mae M. Ramos THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it launched a a website tracking the Philippines’ progress in meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NEDA, in partnership with the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), launched the SDG website in Pasig City Tuesday, calling the tracker a sign of its commitment to achieve the 17 SDGs. “The website…

Originally published in Ensia and written by Andrew Urevig In 2015, the United Nations’ 193 member states established an agenda for the future: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet by 2030. The goals encompass economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. To evaluate environmental targets, the United Nations in 2018 identified 93 indicators: statistics such as the material footprint of nations, the national recycling rate and the extent of government subsidies for fossil fuels. With 2030 just…

Originally published in NPR Going green is often easier said than done, but a new business organization is hoping to change that. While focusing on large-scale energy buyers, the group plans to push for changes that could make renewable power more accessible for all Americans. Companies from a variety of industries — including Walmart, General Motors, Google and Johnson & Johnson — are forming a trade association to represent firms that purchase renewable energy and…

Originally Published in Quartz Electric cars are expensive. The sticker price for electric vehicles (EVs) has historically exceeded that for comparable gasoline cars. But that’s less true every month. The arrival of cars like Kia’s $33,145 electric Soul, GM’s $36,620 Bolt, and Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3—not to mention the $23,800 Smart EQ—have pushed the price of top-reviewed EVs below the median price for cars in the US. And that’s before thousands of dollars in state and federal incentives. Yet the…

Why the UK government must include a broader group of stakeholders and communities to unearth the innovation required to drive UN SDGs Originally Published in The Innovation Enterprise. That the modern world can be a challenging place to live and work is something that few would dispute. Whether it’s poverty, hunger, gender inequality or climate change, the planet is facing a wide range of challenges that must be addressed if its long-term future is to…

Originally Published in Cranfield University. Cranfield University will be leading an international project to look at how better and more integrated river management could help deliver UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project, ‘Social-economic-environmental trade-offs in managing the land-river-interface’, will support the design of integrated and sustainable policies and offer practical solutions for improved river and surrounding land management that helps deliver improved sustainability. With improved management, the Cranfield team believe that rivers and the surrounding…