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Leading the Transition to Clean Energy

The governments in South Asian countries are looking at energy efficiency as the “first fuel” for economic development – in which they can invest ahead of other energy sources and as one of the most viable options for mitigation of climate change. The regional importance of South Asian countries cannot be ignored. Increasing urbanization, economic growth and expanding middle class is contributing to a growing energy demand. The countries in South Asia region have already started taking steps and making efforts to scale up energy efficiency as part of meeting their national goals through their low-carbon roadmaps and to help achieve their global commitments through the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets.

In the APUEA Magazine, it provides insights into the important role of local governments in urban energy innovation, overviews of district energy solutions, discussions of the challenges of promoting district cooling, and introductions to successful district cooling projects in the region. To read the full magazine, please visit http://www.apuea.org/index.php/publications/apuea-publications/656-apuea-magazine-issue-1-2018

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and IIEC have finalized plans to support the Governments of Palau and the Cook Islands to develop standards and financial mechanisms for efficient, clean cooling. IIEC will provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of appropriate financing mechanisms to facilitate the market transformation to high-efficiency and climate-friendly inverter-type air-conditioners (ACs) in the commercial sector with focus on the hotel sector in Palau and the Cook Islands. Appropriate financing mechanisms will be developed in collaboration with Financial Institutions (FIs) and electric utilities in the selected countries to support AC suppliers and commercial customers for adoption of high-efficiency and climate-friendly ACs.

Water and Sanitation Troubles in Haiti

Prior to the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake, access to clean water was already an issue in Haiti, long considered one of the poorest countries in the Americas. Few homes were connected to water pipes, and sanitation problems caused frequent illness. After the 7.0 earthquake hit on January 12, 2010, with weeks of aftershocks following, buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Nearly 200,000 people died, with many more fleeing to the countryside. This further taxed and contaminated already scarce sources of clean water.