The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

Kenya is the biggest exporter of roses to Europe, transporting almost 160,000 tonnes of cut flowers in 2017. The country’s climate is perfect for growing flowers, its proximity to the equator providing daily sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. But an increasing awareness of the virtues of buying locally is sparking a debate around importing such goods: isn’t it better to grow them at home? Intuitively, this might make sense, but a dive into the figures shows what’s really more sustainable when it comes to flower farming. Kenyan roses are by far the greener option Food, flowers and other agricultural products…

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Now is the time to invest in solar

Now is the time to invest in solar

Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Kenya and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments start at 500€ and not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. As solar energy becomes cheaper, it becomes an increasingly important source of clean energy in the energy mix. It can be competitive without subsidies and is now even cost-competitive when combined with energy storage in some application sectors. With both environmental and economic sustainability, investments into solar energy are obviously attractive. But as prices drop…

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Crowdfinancing the Paris Agreement: how citizens can get involved in COP23

Crowdfinancing the Paris Agreement: how citizens can get involved in COP23

Since COP21 in Paris two years ago, renewable energy and its importance in mitigating climate change has really hit the mainstream. In the past, however, renewable energy was still niche and investments into renewables were ridiculed. Many investors thought of such investments as merely greenwashing, or that at best they would allow investors to feel they were ‘doing the right thing’. That has changed dramatically: investments in renewable energy are not only sustainable and protect the environment, but are also lucrative. So lucrative, that Shell has invested 1.7 billion US dollars into a new unit of the company that will specialise in renewable…

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The cost of wind energy continues to fall.

Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit 2017: past the tipping point

Energy is going to reach a zero-marginal-cost point in 20 years – and it’s not because coal is getting any cheaper. At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) 2017 Future of Energy Summit, renewable energy was (unsurprisingly) central to the discussion. The development of clean energy technologies is accelerating faster than even the BNEF forecasters have predicted and the event, held in London on the 19th and 20th of September, was buzzing with stories of an industry that’s at the tipping point of outpricing fossil fuels. ecoligo CEO Martin Baart shares his learnings. A changing energy market One of the…

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We must focus on new markets, not politics

We must focus on new markets, not politics

The German solar sector doesn’t have an easy job, at least if you listen to some well-known representatives of it. Dumping prices from China, lacking political protection and the cutbacks on feed in tariffs are the reasons for the downfall of some in the past very successful companies. But are these the real reasons for the downfall? At the beginning of May 2017, the German Solarworld filed for bankruptcy. The board of directors concluded, that there wasn’t a positive prognosis for the company anymore. There argumentation was mainly based on: Price drops in the international markets. Looking at the global…

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How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

In light of the G20 Summit in Hamburg this week, ecoligo gives concrete recommendations to political leaders on how to bring the G20 Africa Partnership initiative into action. Three weeks ago, ecoligo co-founder Markus Schwaninger was invited to participate at the “G20 Africa Partnership Conference: Investing in a common future” which took place from 12-13 June in Berlin. Here is his take on the conference and recommendations for turning the political initiatives into tangible action. — Let me start by quickly giving you the background on this initiative. Germany, who runs the current G20 presidency, has launched the G20 Africa…

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How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Kenya and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments start at 500€ and not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. Solar power is taking off – and has been for a while. Prices are dropping, batteries are improving and people are embracing photovoltaic systems as an attractive energy solution. In Germany, where roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems have been popularized by a feed-in tariff, solar has contributed greatly to the Energy Transition. However, in developing countries – where…

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Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

  Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Ghana and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. For many, the idea of solar systems in developing countries conjures up images of solar panels on clay houses. While the work of solar utilities who power to off-grid homes and villages is important, the economic potential of solar for businesses is often overlooked. Solar systems on industrial facilities and offices have the power to improve the electricity supply, increase…

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Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Thinking of Kenya, a lot of people have a very clear image: dusty, unpaved roads through a vast savannah, passing clay huts and a population living in poverty. A growing economy and infrastructure Unfortunately this image is drawn by prejudices. By now, Kenya is a fast growing economic power in East Africa, which is why the economy grew in 2015 by approx. 6%. This growth let Kenya rise to third place in an overall African and Asian context, just behind China and the Philippines. Furthermore, the average gross domestic income of 1,160 USD is above the World Bank’s threshold for middle income countries….

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