SunFunder is a specialist finance company that has unlocked $62 million for solar enterprises from 2012-17. In doing so, it has experimented with a range of structures to increase investment – and discovered ways to help the sector scale-up to a long-term sustainable future, sourcing larger amounts of capital from commercial investors. The Energy Access […]
When innovation meets water scarcity challenges: A technological and financial perspective for a better water future.
Water resources in Oman are exposed to manmade and natural threats such as tropical cyclones which are common in Oman, and water losses or Non-Revenue Water (NRW) through pipes leaks and other reasons. The water supply system in Oman is run by a government Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). The high values of […]
Transboundary lake and river basins cover nearly half of the Earth’s land surface and account for an estimated 60% of global freshwater flow. Transboundary groundwaters provide drinking and domestic water for about two billion people across the world, support their income and livelihood and play a crucial role in conserving ecosystems. While demands for water […]
In the arid and semi-arid climate of the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, the management and access to scarce water resources is one of the strongest factors affecting agriculture, food security and the livelihoods of farming communities. Climate change will exacerbate these factors and even less water is expected to be available for agriculture. […]
The recognition of access to water and to sanitation as human rights, derived from the right to an adequate standard of living, by the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in 2010, confirmed the obligation of governments to ensure that water and sanitation services are available, physically accessible, of good quality and […]
Water is an essential resource. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6: “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” is the evidence of its growing global concern and recognition of its link with poverty by the international community. Regardless of the type of ownership, the affordable and universal access to clean and potable water is now […]
Urban growth, temperature rise and melting glaciers threaten river deltas around the world.
Particulate Matter (PM), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and a range of hazardous hydrocarbons and other pollutants contribute significantly to the global air pollution crisis, which kills millions of people prematurely each year. The transport sector emits nearly a quarter of all energy-related greenhouse gases (GHG) with significant impacts on the global climate. With the Paris Agreement […]
A worrying aspect of sustainability is that environmental ambitions often overshadow the social aspects. There is widespread acceptance that we must make more efforts to decarbonize transport – and that the way we pump fossil fuels into vehicles to move around is simply not sustainable. But the reality is that we cannot make transport sustainable […]
Individual electric mobility – “green” and convenient On average, a typical trip is around 4 km long and takes 15 minutes, most of end-customers use the e-scooter sharing system to cover the last mile from public transport to their destination. Electric vehicles (EV) bring enormous advantages to urban dwellers: they run at very low noise levels and are environmentally-friendly, […]
Electric vehicles – small numbers but fast growth The transport sector is a key driver of economic development and welfare and, alongside the power sector, is the main global greenhouse gases (GHG) emitter, according to EUROSTAT. Contrary to the power sector, transport still relies heavily on fossil-derived fuels, mainly petroleum-based fuels. In the European Union […]