Entrepreneurs across Africa are growing businesses that revitalize degraded land and fight climate change, while turning a profit and creating jobs. Investors and lawmakers should pay attention.
China's market for new buildings is booming. Constructing zero carbon buildings would enable China and other countries to keep up with demand without further fueling climate change.
Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.
Today, WRI and nearly 20 partners launched, Energy Access Explorer, a dynamic open-source platform which will equip energy planners, donors and clean energy entrepreneurs with the information they need to electrify East Africa.
11% of the world's population still lives without reliable electricity, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. New data from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda reveals an untapped solution: high potential for wind, solar and hydropower.
This paper introduces the methods and data used in Energy Access Explorer – an online, open-source, interactive platform that uses satellite imagery and local data to visualize energy supply and demand in East Africa, equipping electricity planners, investors and clean energy entrepreneurs with the data they need to close the electricity gap.
Herders in northern Kenya have raised cattle for generations, but their way of life is threatened by climate change. To adapt to rising temperatures and less predictable rain, those who can are turning to the more resilient camel. It's just one example of the kind of "transformative adaptation" that will be increasingly necessary in communities around the world.
A mapping platform to connect affordable, reliable and clean energy to sustainable development solutions for all.
Solar power provides Kenya's health clinics with critical services like reliable electricity and the ability to safely store vaccines. And there's another bonus: increased profits.
When Kenya's Najile health clinic lacked electricity, clinicians couldn't vaccinate children or deliver babies at night. Rooftop solar panels changed everything.
Firewood is cutting into Kenya's forests. Entrepreneurs are responding with a new "biomass briquette" industry that turns wastes into fuel.
This guidebook provides actionable, user-friendly strategies to improve natural resource governance by showing how to identify the networks, priorities, and values of relevant actors. The methodologies allow environmental practitioners to be more strategic in building resilient communities.
It’s easy to see which households are connected to the grid, but regulatory commissions and utilities often lack information on supply interruptions, voltage levels or blackouts. It's a big reason so many Kenyans don't have reliable power.
This publication proposes a methodology to provide a credible way to estimate mobilized private finance, from public interventions (e.g., policy), for climate finance tracking.
A photo essay from Kibera, a huge Nairobi neighborhood where a new development approach is putting community leadership at the helm.
Accelerating access to affordable, reliable, clean energy
Electricity planners often confront the energy access gap by increasing supply, without considering how consumers actually use and pay for electricity. Creating a lasting solution is actually far more complicated.
WRI energy experts Lily Odarno and Sanjoy Sanyal discuss how advances in data, technology and finance can bring power to the 600 million sub-Saharan Africans lacking access.
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity; 71 million in Kenya and Tanzania alone. Rentable solar systems can provide a safe, affordable solution, but they haven't taken off – yet.
This issue brief focuses on the financing strategies DFIs and donors can use to support the growth of the pay-as-you-go solar home system market.