Aug 23, 2018

P4G to provide funding for 11 UN SDG projects

Green Tech
Technology
Sustainability
Olivia Minnock
2 min
Sustainable development initiative Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G) has decided on 11 projects to award $100...

Sustainable development initiative Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G) has decided on 11 projects to award $100,000 each in funding.

P4G is an initiative set up last year by the government of Denmark – which has pledged $4mn annual backing gathered from both state and private investors – and backed by the governments of Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico and Vietnam. Also involved are non-profits like the World Resources Institute – which, along with P4G, is based in Washington.

The initiative aims to boost projects in developing countries that work in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and focuses mainly on food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and the circular economy.

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The competition for the funding has received a lot of global interest, with 450 applications from public-private partnerships across 80 different countries.

This has now been whittled down to a list of 11 including projects from Kenya, Vietnam and Malawi, which will be focusing on issues like clean drinking water, plastic waste and sustainable agriculture, and will utilise technology like Big Data.  

P4G’s Global Director, Ian Cruz, stated of the 11 finalists: “These partnerships have innovative business solutions and the potential to bring about systematic change that can address many of the important environmental and sustainability issues the world faces.

“They give a flavour of what P4G is and represent a practical next step in collaboration between the private and public sector in addressing the growth opportunities presented by the SDGs.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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