Welfare is growing in many developing countries, while the poorest suffer draught and other consequences of global warming. The time has come to renew energy-development aid radically, concludes a leading researcher of ECN in a collaboration project with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and VU University.
Read the report Energy aid in times of climate change of Professor Jos Bruggink.

How can we limit global warming to 2° C at the lowest possible cost and what constitutes defensible global burden sharing? ECN has a model for the analysis of long-term developments in the global energy-climate system. It calculates scenario’s that run up to 2100, thus giving short-term considerations a long-term perspective.

Visit the website of the LIMITS project.

Indonesia has decentralised its energy policy and aims to deploy its renewable energy potential. To this end, ECN has led a programme in five Indonesian regions, aimed at developing policy and building up expertise at the universities and in technical, professional education.

Visit the website of CASINDO.

How sustainable is the production of biomass? That depends on the reduction of greenhouse gases, the contribution to local welfare, preservation of biodiversity, competition with food crops, spatial integration, et cetera. ECN is conducting sustainability analyses on gas extraction from waste water in Colombia and on the use of Kemiri nut trees and Wonder Trees on Lombok.  Foto: Shutterstock

Bamboo is a promising source of sustainable bio-energy: it grows fast, prevents erosion, retains water, absorbs CO2 and it is the habitat of numerous birds and bats. Together with Colombian and British partners, ECN is studying the conditions under which the bamboo can be processed and transported as sustainable fuel for European power plants.

Take a look at the description of the programme.

The cost of solar panels is decreasing  rapidly, which offers a growing number of people access to sustainable and affordable energy. ECN contributes to this development by collaborating with the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers: Yingli and JA Solar in China and Canadian Solar in Canada.

Take a look at solar energy information on the ECN website.