News and updates from the continent

Peabody Energy praises China’s emissions plan

Peabody Energy praises China’s emissions plan

Jul 23, 2013

Peabody Energy chairman and CEO, Gregory Boyce, has praised China’s leadership for taking steps to accelerate the use of emissions control technologies across the nation’s expanding industrial sector, while increasing the coal use that has fuelled the nation’s stunning economic development. China’s State Council recently announced new...

Fertility surprises portend a more populous future

Fertility surprises portend a more populous future

Jul 23, 2013

World population reached 7,2-billion in mid-2013, according to United Nations demographers, with present and projected future growth propelled in part by unexpectedly high fertility in a number of developing countries. Based on current trends in global birth, death and migration rates, the UN Populations Division projects a variety of future scenarios, with the...

Reforms key to Power Africa success

Reforms key to Power Africa success

Jul 23, 2013

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will, as part of its support for US President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative, deepen and expand its work in reforming the energy sector. Already a major investor in the energy sector, the AfDB will scale funding for energy production, transmission and distribution infrastructure, cross-border power pools, as well as...

AfDB boosts East African geothermal energy

AfDB boosts East African geothermal energy

Jul 23, 2013

A new project supported by the African Development Group (AfDB) plans to exploit the geothermal potential in the Lake Assal region to enable Djiboutian population’s access to a reliable, renewable and affordable source of energy. Currently, Djibouti relies mostly on fossil fuels and some hydropower imports from Ethiopia. The majority of the country’s current...

Pitfalls to avoid in a green strategy

Pitfalls to avoid in a green strategy

Jul 23, 2013

There are many different ways for an organisation to reduce its carbon footprint and “go green”, says Neil Cameron, area GM, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency Africa. However, few solutions will deliver the hoped-for results if users haven’t done their homework, read the fine print and put in place the foundations necessary to leverage their...