AE4H News & Updates
Ambika Opal And Jatin Nathwani
Access to energy is a powerful catalyst of sustainable development. Energy access has large impacts on 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from alleviating poverty through the creation of micro-enterprises, to improving health by limiting indoor air pollution created by traditional cooking fuels, to strong climate action by creating decarbonized energy systems. Approximately a third of humanity (2.5 billion) does not have access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable sources…
Over 1 billion people do not have access to clean and affordable energy. This means that medical clinics are often dark at night when crucial medical work has to be done, cooking fuels create indoor air pollution (a larger killer than malaria and AIDS combined), children have difficulty studying after dark, and an incredible amount of time and money is spent collecting meager energy sources such as wood or kerosene.
To combat global energy poverty, Dr. Jatin Nathwani from the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and Dr. Joachim Knebel from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany set up Affordable Energy for Humanity, a global change initiative comprising over 50 energy access institutions from 30 countries around the world. Since AE4H’s inception in 2015, its members have been collaborating to innovate and test aspects of solutions to energy poverty.
The ‘Off-grid and…
WISE is pleased to welcome Ambika Opal into the role of Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives.
In this role, Ambika will manage the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) global change initiative, a multi-stakeholder research and action initiative at the intersection of energy research and international development. She will also manage the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program and will support WISE’s other interdisciplinary research and programmatic objectives.
Ambika received her Bachelor of Applied Science in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, and her Master…
Over the past 50 years, human activity has warmed our planet. We are already seeing the effects today in widely shifting patterns in climate. How can we sustain our future?Similar to natural cycles of growth, new kinds of buildings could repair and renew themselves. The skins of new architecture can help to renew the environment by capturing carbon and generating fresh air and renewable energy.
State of the University Report | Global Impact | Beyond Prediction | Climate Resilience and Natural Wonders
By Heather BeanUniversity Communications
A few years into her undergraduate degree, Kayla Hardie found her calling: “I realized I wanted to help the world mitigate and adapt to climate change.”
With graduation in a combined degree of physics and computer science still a year away, Hardie has a solid head start on her goal.
Working with Srinivasan Keshav, a professor in Waterloo’s David R.…
Source: Energy and Climate Report: News Archive > 2018 > March > 03/21/2018 > News > Climate Policy: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Down, but Impact on Emissions in Question
Fossil Fuel Subsidies Down, but Impact on Emissions in Question
By Rick Mitchell
The world's biggest economies have recently reduced financial support to consumers and producers of fossil fuels, but a recent study says those steps may have a limited impact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Two…
Uche Onuora is the Co-Founder of HITCH, a start-up out of Velocity, a leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo. HITCH has developed technology to provide internet services in rural Africa, where broadband data is increadibly expensive. MEDA is excited about this emerging technology and the opportunity to explore its use in upcoming projects.
To a casual observer skimming news headlines it may appear that the world is heading in the wrong direction. But look deeper and you…
If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father.
Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity. To overcome the decades-old challenges that developing regions face, solutions must not only address today’s needs but also create a bridge toward…
BY DANNY LAM AND DAVID JIMENEZ , OPINION CONTRIBUTORS - 03/18/17 06:40 PM EDT
The Trump administration has made trade policy reform and enforcement of existing trade laws a priority in its strategy to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. Economists are divided in their judgement as to how much impact policies can have, given the fact that many manufacturing job losses are driven by substantial differences in factor costs, like low wages in China.
Financial simulations of solar photovoltaic (PV) factories show direct labor costs…
"Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive."
BAN KI-MOON, FORMER UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
This guest post was supplied to the Faculty of Environment in anticipation of the 2017 TD Walter Bean Lecture by Nigel Moore, Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) is part of their series on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Faculty of Environment. It was originally posted here.
Imagine a family home without a single light bulb to turn on at night; a hospital without a refrigerator for medicines and vaccines; a school without…