Posts tagged as UN

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. In his keynote address at the 2018 Africa Energy […]

Change in the air at COP 23

The secretary general of the World Energy Council, Christoph Frei, says that the Paris Agreement really was a tipping point on the road towards low-carbon energy systems. The recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, focused on advancing the global energy transition and underlined the accelerating global shift towards cleaner and renewable energy […]

Science organisations call for open data in a big data world

  Four major international science organisations are calling for global endorsement of an accord to help assure open access to volumes of “big data” that increasingly are the basis of research and policymaking. For the first time, four organisations representing science at the highest level are speaking with one voice and have committed to mobilising […]

A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa

  South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42% by 2025 [1]. Apart from the climate change question, the necessity for the expansion and tweaking of South Africa’s energy resource industry has been marked by the electricity […]

UN General Assembly urges sharing of geospatial data

  The science that supports the precise pinpointing of people and places should be shared more widely, according to the United Nations General Assembly as it adopted its first resolution recognising the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy – the discipline focused on accurately measuring the shape, rotation and gravitational field of planet Earth. Geodesy […]