Penguin Perspectives Blog

This where we cherry pick the latest news and views on climate change and how its effects are already making waves in our economies, societies and daily lives. Tune into the fresh perspectives and opinions from both our own experts and other great movers & shakers on the climate scene and read uplifting stories from our climate protection projects across the world. Have an idea or topic you'd like to learn more about? Get in touch with - our experts have it covered!

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With the world off-track to meet global goals, why are we continuing to delay critical finance for energy access?

A strong recovery from the global pandemic will hinge on reliable energy access, something that most of us in developed countries take for granted. Achieving universal energy access by 2030, as called for by Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), will require significant investment. The IEA estimates USD 45 billion needs to be disbursed each year between 2020 and 2030 if we’re to achieve SDG7 targets.

Renewable energy’s big moment - Q&A with Environmental Finance

Renewable energy’s big moment - Q&A with Environmental Finance

Environmental Finance spoke with Patrick Horka, our Head of Renewable Energy Solutions, about how the ‘big moment’ in renewable energy has arrived much faster than expected

How businesses can benefit from Viet Nam’s energy transition

How businesses can benefit from Viet Nam’s energy transition

Corporate investments into clean energy are rising. But isn’t relying on 100% green energy a risky business for companies? A new scheme launched by the Vietnamese government can offer businesses a smart way to power their operations with clean energy – while hedging against risk and ensuring long-term affordable electricity.

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Capital markets can play a big role in boosting sustainable infrastructure investments

At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in April, the IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, was unequivocal about the need for a green recovery, which she described as a bridge towards a more resilient future.

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Affordable electric mobility for all: SHIFT Asia member CyFai wins UNEPs Low Carbon Lifestyle Asia Award

When low income workers shift to using electric motorbikes, you know that something transformational is happening. This is the reality in Thailand now, thanks to a new brand called “CyFai”. CyFai is part of the clean EV revolution the SHIFT Asia program is championing.

The post-corona renewables boom – why now is the time to act

The post-corona renewables boom – why now is the time to act

Stakeholders are demanding that we #BuildBackBetter; in order to meet those demands, businesses are increasingly becoming part of a renewable recovery.

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Lighting up India's off-grid communities

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in an off-grid community? Try switching off all your lights in your home and unplug everything. On second thought, don’t do that. It’s dangerous… And that’s the point.

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Indonesia needs a better clean energy policy

While ASEAN member countries race to seize market share amidst the renewable energy boom in the region, Indonesia — as the biggest energy user — does not seem to realise what its missing.

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Q&A: What are Peace-RECs?

We spoke with Sherwin Das, co-founder of Energy Peace Partners to shine a light on P-RECs - Renewable Energy Credits from peace building projects.

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South Pole's experts reflect on a record year for corporate PPAs

2018 was a record year for corporates buying clean power through long-term contracts, with figures doubling since 2017. South Pole experts, Paul Hill, Patrick Horka and Michael Weber reflect on a record year for corporate PPAs, discuss future trends – and explain why the skyrocketing demand for renewable energy solutions comes as no surprise...

Creating nature-positive energy in the Silicon Age

Creating nature-positive energy in the Silicon Age

Dating back to our early days as hunter-gatherers, humans have had a long and complicated relationship with the environment. Nature has provided us with the resources needed to sustain human progress, however this has taken a toll on the environment. We’ve exploited, traded and profited from natural resources that we’ve always assumed are ours for the taking. Moulding and reshaping the environment to create energy has been our biggest business venture yet, but this relationship is about to change... Solarplaza's Leoncio David Montemayor Rodriguez recaps the Blockchain2Energy Asia conference in November 2018 and explores the potential for digital tools, like blockchain, to transform the way we do business with the environment.

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Die Entwicklung von nachhaltigen Gas-Produkten durch die Kombination von Emissionsgutschriften und Biogas-Zertifikaten

Sind Sie ein Gasanbieter? Möchten Sie Ihren Kunden umweltfreundliche Gasprodukte anbieten? Michael Weber vom South Pole hat einen 8-stufigen Leitfaden erstellt, darüber wie Sie Biogaszertifikate, CO2-Kompensationen oder eine Kombination aus beiden verwenden können, um eine Lösung zu finden, die für Sie passt..

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