The Effects of the Emergence of Renewable Energies on Business Models in today’s Power Industry: A Primer

By Romy Abou Farhat [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] The rapid growth of decentralised renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar has already influenced change in the traditional centralised power supply business models around the world. It has complemented fossil fuel generation to meet the increasing electricity demand in some regions, and disrupted traditional energy markets and business models in other regions where electricity demand is stagnant. RE

January 19th, 2017|Climate Essays|

The false promise of the COP 22 and the challenges ahead

Published in The Ecologist. by Alexander Pfeiffer [1], Elizabeth Dirth [2], and Alex Clark [3] After the hastily-agreed Paris deal, the COP22 climate negotiations in Marrakech were given the mammoth task of making it all happen. Despite presenting a united front against Trump’s climate denial, COP22 drew to a close having achieved little of substance. Momentum for non-state action is growing, but sustaining it will require much

November 24th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Days 13-14: Goodbye Marrakech – Breakthrough or Business as Usual?

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Days 13-14 (Week 2), Weekend Nov. 19-20, 2016 by Alexander Pfeiffer [1] In the early morning hours of Saturday morning the 22nd COP came to an end with some final declarations. Unfortunately, we, the YEL delegation, could not attend this final plenary, as it was closed to observer so only official negotiating parties

November 21st, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 12: Youth at the COP22 — Change Needed?

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 12 (Week 2), Friday Nov. 18, 2016 by Casey Catherine Miller [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] Coming to my first COP I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of passionate youth dedicated to making an impact in their world that I have met at the conference. It’s difficult to go to a

November 19th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 11: Sustainable Infrastructure, Chinese Cities, and the Marrakech Partnership for Climate Action

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 11 (Week 2), Thursday Nov. 17, 2016 by Alexander Clark [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] Good afternoon from Marrakech! It’s Thursday of Week 2 at COP22, and it has been quite a whirlwind so far. China and Sustainable Infrastructure Lord Nicholas Stern, esteemed economist and author of the infamous Stern Review,

November 19th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 10: Cooperation is the Only Choice

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 10 (Week 2), Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 by Yanzhu Zhang [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] Greetings from the Young European Leadership’s delegation at COP22 here in Marrakech! It is Wednesday of the second week of COP22 conference. After the first week of the negotiations and well into the second week there are

November 19th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 9: The Low Emission Solution Conference

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 9 (Week 2), Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016 by Alexander Clark [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] Good afternoon from Marrakech! It’s Tuesday of Week 2 at COP22, and the week is already half over. The Low Emissions Solutions Conference, the first of its kind to be held at any of the UN climate

November 18th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Perspectives from Senegal

By Kalidou Athie, Abdoulaye Samba Wagne, and Ousmane Sam [1] We come from Thilogne, the capital of Bossea, in the north of Senegal. This is the first time we take part at the COP and we are here to raise awareness for the ongoing desertification in the Sahel zone, e.g. in Senegal, Mali, and in Mauritania. To solve this problem we advocate the plantation of more than one million

November 18th, 2016|COP 22, Guest Commentaries|

Day 8: Implementers and Initiators: The Need for an Inclusive, Two-Way Exchange of Environmental Education

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Day 8 (Week 2), Monday Nov. 14, 2016 by Casey Catherine Miller [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] After a Sunday to collect our thoughts on week 1 and explore the maze-like streets of Marrakech, week 2 kicked off with a day focused on education and its relation to climate change. Countless people stood

November 17th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|

Day 6 & 7: Replacing COP with People

Young European Leadership at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco COP 22 Daily Blog – Days 6 and 7 (Week 1), Weekend Nov. 12-13, 2016 by Shrina Kurani [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] COP is two weeks long, meaning one thing: a weekend to replace stiff deliberations with warm-blooded people. There was still work to do on Saturday, but both days also served a selection of external events

November 19th, 2016|COP 22, Daily Summaries|
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