Tagged on: Resource efficiency

Chapters and Articles
Solar Solutions: Bridging the Energy Gap for Off-Grid Settlements - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Lemaire, Xavier, Kerr, Daniel

Recent years have seen an increased popularity of small distributed solar energy systems in low-income communities in Africa and Asia, where at least 95 per cent of the off-grid population reside. Advances in LED technology resulted in improved efficiency—more light emitted per electrical input. Highly polluting lead acid batteries are becoming obsolete, replaced by higher performance lithium ion batteries that provide higher energy storage capacity, longer service life, and faster and more efficient recharging.


Download: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish
Reports and Books
Energy-Efficient Cooling Products in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Opportunity to Cool Down the Planet and Accelerate the Regional Economy
United Nations Environment Programme

The product that most often has minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) in Latin America and the Caribbean countries is refrigerators, followed by air conditioners and fans. Of the 33 countries of the region, less than half have efficiency standards for the three products studied. Only 13 countries have established MEPS for refrigerators, 12 countries for air conditioners and two countries for fans. It is imperative that these countries continue promoting the advancement of the standards and keep existing standards up-to-date.


Download:
Reports and Books
Transboundary Aquifers and Groundwater Systems of Small Island Developing States: Status and trends - Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme Volume 1
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization-IHP

This document presents the first comprehensive indicator-based global assessment of status and trends in 199 transboundary aquifers and 42 groundwater systems of Small Island Developing States.


Download: English, Summary - English, Summary - Arabic, Summary - Chinese, Summary - French, Summary - Russian, Summary - Spanish
Reports and Books
Energy Profile: Chad
United Nations Environment Programme

Although crude oil has become the country’s primary source of export earnings, energy access for the population is very low. Electricity production in 2015 was 28 ktoe with 96.4 per cent of it generated from fossil fuels. Final electricity consumption in 2015 was 20 ktoe (AFREC, 2015).


Download:
Reports and Books
Haiti: South Department Forest Energy supply Chain
United Nations Environment Programme

This report assesses the socioeconomics of charcoal production in Haiti’s rural South Department as well as potential solutions to prevent the harvesting of valuable tree species and to reduce pressure for wood from key coastal ecosystems. It provides the results of extensive surveying of the charcoal and firewood supply chains from their origin in the South Department to the main markets of Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince. It then assesses and identifies several significant opportunities for UNEP to intervene and add value in the forest energy sector in the South Department.


Download: English, Français
Chapters and Articles
Energy Profile: Gambia
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2013, Gambia’s population was 1.86 million. Total production of electricity in 2015 was 28 ktoe with 96.4 per cent produced from fossil fuels. In 2015, final consumption of electricity was 21 ktoe (AFREC, 2015).


Download:
Chapters and Articles
Energy Profile: Gabon
United Nations Environment Programme

Gabon had a population of 1.67 million in 2013. In 2015, total electricity produced was 199 ktoe with 51.7 per cent produced from hydro and 48.2 per cent from fossil fuels


Download: English
Reports and Books
Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a replicable and public methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment methodology. This report is intended by be used in concert with an Excel-based evaluation tool, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool, which can be used to benchmark and evaluate different SWH markets. The SWH TechScope was developed as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative.


Download:
Reports and Books
Green Finance Opportunities in ASEAN
United Nations Environment Programme

This report lays out ways in which the ASEAN region can unlock this investment and protect its people, environment and economies. It provides an analysis of green investment opportunities in the region from 2016 to 2030, assesses the characteristics of those opportunities, and estimates current green finance flows. Based on a literature review and expert interviews, it also lays out some of the barriers to scaling up ASEAN green finance and how to address them.


Download: English
Chapters and Articles
Energy Profile: Somalia
United Nations Environment Programme

Total electricity produced in 2015 was 35 ktoe, with 97.1 per cent produced from fossil fuels. Final electricity consumption in 2015 was 28 ktoe (AFREC, 2015).


Download: