PODCAST: Fulfilling the potential for the CDM in Africa

Africa has a huge amount of potential for renewable energy sources from hydro to solar to wind (© Warrenski/Creative Commons)

Africa is potential goldmine for renewable energy.

Countries in Africa have some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world, while there is also abundant silicon in the region to create solar panels.

The continent is also rich in rivers, streams and lakes, holding a huge potential for hydro-energy, as well as plentiful sources of biomass products.

While there are some examples of successful projects in Africa, when compared to other regions in the world – notably China and India – the uptake of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects is very small.

In the sixth of a series of UNFCCC CDM Radio Club reports the UNFCCC’s Irini Roumboglou finds out more about how the CDM could benefit Africa and why more projects haven’t been registered in the region.

The radio club aims to spread the word about the CDM in Africa and extend the benefits of the mechanism to communities that have not yet benefited from the scheme.


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