Launching a mobile "Solar Chariot" in Odisha

At an exhibition to mark Odisha's National Disaster Risk Reduction Day, the Climate Parliament was proud to co-present an innovative new solution to India's burgeoning energy and decarbonisation needs: a Soura Ratha, or “Solar Cart”, capable of quickly and efficiently delivering clean, reliable power to where it is needed most. The Soura Ratha, developed in collaboration with the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and Practical Action, is a powerful and highly mobile micro-truck, equipped with solar PV modules, battery banks, and smart energy management units. These allow it to power a variety of CFL/LED lamps and collapsabl

Climate, clean energy - and empowerment

Fighting energy poverty is at the heart of our work at the Climate Parliament. Across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, our networks of MPs are campaigning for new laws and new funding streams to ensure that all their constituents are provided with clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy. And with the launch of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in New York last month, access to clean and sustainable energy is now enshrined into the post-2015 development agenda. But why is clean electricity so important to development? For development professionals the answer might be obvious, but for the average person struggling to tell their SE4ALL from their SDGs, the answer m

Pushing for renewables in the Chilean Parliament

On Sept 30th, our Latin America Director, Dr Sergio Missana, presented before the Mining and Energy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies on the Climate Parliament’s recommendations for the bill for a new transmission law in Chile. In his presentation, Dr Missana included an overview of Climate Parliament’s objectives, strategy, methodology and recent success stories, and described the Green Grid Alliance project. He proposed a broad evaluation of the proposed new transmission bill, focusing on its objectives and main themes: long-term planning, increased competition, transparency, open access, development areas, the potential for renewables, and the key role played by the new grid Coordinato

Legislating for a global climate deal

A Climate Parliament legislator reflects on how parliamentarians have a key role to play In 2014, the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) called on member countries to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which are post-2020 targets and goals that each country takes for itself to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that cause global warming. The INDCs will be the building blocks of the new international climate change agreement expected to be finalized in Paris in December 2015. With the COP21 Paris Summit now less than two months away, many countries have already submitted their commitments to curb

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