UNEP Risø Centre (URC) works to promote a more modern and efficient energy supply in the developing countries. An efficient energy supply contributes to creating sustainable local development – and to reducing global warming. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience and an international team of almost 30 employees, the URC holds a key position in relation to international institutions working for the UN objectives of sustainable development and climate improvements.
New partnerships encourage sustainable development
In two Indian states, life for approx. 100,000 poor people has been made a bit easier. Via the Indian Solar Loan Programme, which is supported by UNEP Risø Centre, they have been given access to loans which can finance the purchase of solar cell systems. This means access to a reliable and renewable form of energy, with a positive impact on social and economic development.
IPCC assesses costs of CO2 reductions
It will cost about 1% of the Gross Global Product in 2050 to keep the expected temperature increases in the period up until 2100 below 3 degrees. The good news is that new technology often both reduces CO2 emissions and pays.
GNESD is a knowledge network that works to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals
The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) is a knowledge network of Centres of Excellence, i.e. research institutions and knowledge centres renowned for their work on energy, the environment and sustainable development. The network, which includes UNEP Risø Centre, has 20 members from industrialised and developing countries all over the world.
Web tools from UNEP Risø Centre help developing countries gain access to Carbon Finance
UNEP Risø Centre (URC) recently launched two new web tools, CDM Pipeline and CDM Bazaar. The tools are designed to help the developing countries in their project planning for sustainable energy development and in financing such projects.
Energy to create development
Access to energy in African villages can alleviate poverty, improve health and create new jobs. But energy in itself is not enough. Together with six countries, UNEP Risø Centre has developed an evaluation method which can document whether energy benefits the people.
Urban public transport in Latin America: Many birds with one stone
The number of cars is exploding in Latin America’s polluted cities. Improved public transport can reduce travel time and benefit public health and the environment. UNEP Risø Centre paves the way.
Sustainable energy for isolated communities in the Arctic
Isolated communities in the Nordic and Arctic regions may pioneer the introduction of sustainable energy systems based on renewable resources. A new Nordic network will strengthen collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between local communities, scientists and industry.
DTU advises national and international authorities
Activities at all departments at the Technical University of Denmark naturally involve advising the authorities in Denmark, the EU and internationally. The scope of these activities is set to increase in the coming years.
Energy experts agree: Action needed NOW if climate change is to be reduced
Risø has concluded a three-day international energy conference attended by 140 energy experts from around the world. The conclusion was clear: The world is facing a gigantic energy challenge, but we can handle it if action is taken NOW.
More sustainable energy in Egypt
Last autumn, Risø completed eight years of work mapping out Egypt’s wind climate and wind resources. The result was a 260-page Wind Atlas for Egypt. Thanks to this, Egypt will be able to increase the share of renewable energy.
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Litter is present throughout the world’s oceans: 1,220 species affected
27.03.2017 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
International network connects experimental research in European waters
21.03.2017 | Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
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