Five West African Countries Ban ‘Dirty Diesel’ From Europe

Five west African countries have announced measures to end the practice of European oil companies and traders exporting “African quality” diesel – highly polluting fuels that could never be sold in Europe. Swiss commodity traders were accused in a report published in September by Swiss NGO Public Eye of exporting …

Solar Power: Best Alternative to Light Up Rural Africa

Solar energy has always been an alternative power source in areas not connected to the electricity grid. And this is what Bernard, a Kenyan chicken breeder, living in a small village about sixty kilometers from Nairobi believes. With a solar panel installed on the roof of his house, it now …

Solar PV Poised to Boom in Africa Thanks to Declining Costs

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. – The business case for solar photovoltaic (PV) in Africa is stronger than ever thanks to rapidly declining technology costs, according to a new report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets, estimates that installed costs for power …

Boosting Global Renewables, One Island at a Time

Islands from the Caribbean to the South China Sea are perhaps best known for their beautiful beaches, azure waters and rich sea life, but they are rich in something else as well: renewable energy. In most small island developing states (SIDS), a combination of renewable energy sources can meet the …

Morocco Bans Plastic Bags

Morocco has banned the production and use of plastic bags, with many shops and street sellers across the country having reportedly stocked-up last week ahead of the legislation coming into force on July 1, reports Al Jazeera. The bill, which has been several years in the works, was passed by …

Coca-Cola Sabco Opens Southern Africa’s Newest Bottling Plant

Matola Gare, Mozambique is now home to a new $130 million world-class bottling plant – the latest milestone in a 10-year, $17 billion investment plan by the Coca-Cola system in Africa. At an official event to open the new facility, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent noted that Coke has …