The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently launched the Africa Energy Portal (AEP) to address a lack of information in the sector, by providing a one-stop-shop for accurate, reliable, relevant, and up-to-date information on energy in Africa.

A report by Oil Change International identified the need for Multilateral Development Banks’ to increase finance for energy access, in particular for off-grid and mini-grid clean energy projects.

Given their capacity to operate independently from the main power grid, micro grids can provide enhanced energy security.

Top oil and gas companies jointly spent around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, but investments by Europe’s giants vastly outpaced their U.S. and Asian rivals, a study showed.

Companies keen to offset their carbon emissions will be able to purchase renewable energy certificates at Singapore’s first blockchain-powered marketplace.

Caterpillar-branded SunPower modules will be available in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

In a bid to have Africa commit to 100% renewable energy and to increase transparency in the continent’s energy sector, Zero – a coalition campaign between climate change volunteers and Non-Profit Organisations (NGOs) around the continent, was established.

High profile activist-led campaigns against fossil fuels and plastics are a sign of the times, indicating the increasing ability of NGOs to force policy change globally, including in Asia. Sigwatch’s Robert Blood explains where NGOs get their power and what it means for investors.

More than a quarter of the annual investment in 2015 and 2016, or $8 billion per year, was for grid-connected fossil fuel plants, double spending on them in 2013-14 - something "the global community may be concerned to note", SEforALL said.

The African Development Bank promised in 2015 to “light up and power Africa”. Now, three years on, it’s clear that the bank must do more — and quickly — to support the fastest and most affordable means of delivering energy access to the people: distributed renewable energy.

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