Nigeria to lead West Africa in accesing green bonds

first_img Generation Previous articleConsumers should upgrade to home solar sooner rather than laterNext articleSenegal: GreenWish Partners synchronises solar plant Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS Nigeria’s recent drive for renewable energy deployment has earned it the rights to lead west African countries in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This was stated by the president of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Dr Chidi Onuoha, who added that this role will also allow the country to access the green bonds attached to the agreement.According to local media THISDAY, Onuoha revealed this after the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE) in Abuja.Green bonds are standard bonds with a green element as a bonus feature, which have been created to fund projects that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits.It is reported that the green bond market, which took off in recent years with $42 billion issued in 2015, has continued to grow with issuance in 2016 hitting over $50 billion by September.Paris agreementAccording to THISDAY, Onuoha said Nigeria recently signed the Paris Agreement, and is now better positioned to drive the initiative for West Africa. He added that a framework has been set up in this regard.Onuoha said: “The president [Muhammadu Buhari] said in Paris that Nigeria will reduce carbon emission under the climate change agreement by 20% unconditionally, using renewable and energy efficiency sources and ending gas flaring. That is our own Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).“We have been able to design a framework for Nigeria’s achievement of this NDC. With this, we are going to be able to earn revenue from the carbon market, which is huge with billions of dollars.”Nigeria attracting green bond marketTHISDAY quoted Onuoha stating that if Nigeria ratifies the Paris Agreement, the practical aspect of implementing it will attract so much of the green funds.“We saw the need to set up the West African Emission Trading Association, we have it in South Africa where their cities have green bond initiatives, as well as in East Africa,” he said.“These are some of the things we will use for the Paris Agreement and West Africa, which sees Nigeria as a hub and has asked Nigeria to develop the process, and that is what we have done.”He added: “We have been able to set up the West African Emission Trading Association. With this, we want to be ready to tap into the business opportunities that the carbon we save can give us. We want to be able to trade the carbon for money because emission trading is key in this business.”Featured image: Ashurst Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Collapse at Mississippi Church Building

first_imgJoCoChron on YouTube – Between 15 and 17 youth were injured when their second floor youth room collapsed onto the first floor kitchen at Freedom Baptist Church in the Myrick Community near Laurel, Mississippi, during Wednesday night services. Feb. 19, 2014. The Chronicle reports.last_img

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Despite service issues, Roeland Park advances new waste collection contract with WCA; rates to increase if finalized

first_imgBy Holly CookRoeland Park inched closer to finalizing a waste management contract Monday after the city council unanimously voted in favor of adopting a resolution to approve a sub-agreement for solid waste services.The sub-agreement allows the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to move forward with negotiations on behalf of Roeland Park with a five-year agreement with WCA. The cities of Fairway and Westwood, who are participating in the joint bid, will also need to approve sub-agreements.The proposed agreement includes a three-year contract with two additional one-year renewal options. The service would cost homeowners $15.17 per month through the end of 2020, which is 21 percent higher than the current rate. A city staff report recommended staying with WCA even though doing so would be “unsavory especially in light of the rate increase,” as WCA’s proposal was 10 percent lower than any other bids.The report also acknowledged recent service from the company “has not met expectations.” The agreement outlines penalties for WCA if the company fails to provide adequate service. Fines range from $25 to $100 for poor service to individual homes and $500 for failing to provide service to neighborhoods or the entire community. WCA will also employ a new monitoring system under the contract that uses RFID readers to track WCA-provided trash and recycling carts. Smaller recycling bins and yard waste containers will not have the technology. The tracking system allows WCA to track container movement and log collection data. Councilmembers have debated the waste contract at length, first clashing on whether the city should use MARC to negotiate a new agreement, and then disagreeing on whether the city should continue working with WCA. Councilmember Ryan Kellerman repeatedly emphasized he had received poor service from WCA and that he had heard numerous residents complain about the service.During Monday’s meeting Kellerman pressed for greater clarification on what items were and were not permissible for pickup. WCA representatives agreed to provide more detailed information to residents on their services and suggested adding a link to the city’s website that would field residents’ trash-related questions directly to WCA. Kellerman suggested amending the sub-agreement so that it provided greater clarity. City administrator Keith Moody said while it was possible to make guidelines more precise, the broader language put the city in a better legal position.Councilmember Teresa Kelly said she thought the council should approve the agreement as written. Kellerman remained skeptical about supporting the agreement.“I just wish I could have some sort of guarantee,” he said.Councilmember Michael Poppa then made a motion to call the question, effectively forcing a vote. Councilmember Michael Rhoades seconded the motion and the vote proceeded with the approval passing unanimously.last_img read more

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Writer’s Block: Enjoying the Fresh Air

first_img RelatedWriter’s Block: Summer PlansBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Sometimes I can get so caught up with items on my calendar, or focusing on the next item on my to-do list that I’ll find myself surprised by obvious things, such as how the shifting seasons change the length of the day.  I…June 10, 2016In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Winter’s No Rest For the WearyBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] It’s hard to call it “winter” when the days have been warm enough to go for walks along the beach barefoot, or when it’s been warm enough to dip your toes in the surf while on those walks. I know that from personal…January 27, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Summer is Here!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] You may have noticed the pleasant aroma of mesquite smoke from barbecues drifting through the air lately, along with the sight of fireworks displays on Fridays and Saturdays. That, along with lengthening days and the sound of children laughing in yards and playgrounds,…May 30, 2015In “News” Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. And with the solstice still being a couple of weeks away, the interval of available sunshine between sunrise and sunset is still growing longer by a few minutes every day.That’s good news for me because it means I’ve got just that much more time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors in daylight, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. It means I’ve got just that much more time to roll up my jeans, kick off my flip-flops and enjoy a relaxing, post-work day walk on the beach.After a long day toiling away in the office, sinking my toes in the still-warm sands on the Island an hour or so before sunset is the perfect balm. I walk along the city beaches, past the hotels and condos and rows of brightly colored beach umbrellas. Now that school is out, the beaches are becoming more crowded, even on weekdays, but that’s no bother because people watching is half the fun.I think it’s interesting how different the beach can feel from one day to the next. For example, during one walk a couple of weeks ago, the air was cool (relatively speaking, compared to the stifling heat earlier in the day) and the water felt almost as warm as a bath. The breeze was refreshing, and even walking at a brisk pace, I hardly worked up a sweat.Just a few days later, though, the evening temperatures were warmer, the air almost still. And, I nearly flinched when the first wave lapped at my ankles! The water felt so much cooler than it had a few days prior.It wasn’t. It was just my perception of the environment and the increased humidity that day. Looking northward I could see a narrow ribbon of fog hanging low over the sand. It was just thick enough to blur the bottom edges of the high rises in the distance, but not enough to conceal them completely from view.The air was dripping wet without a single drop of rain. Even before I’d made it to the next beach access, my clothes felt damp, sticking uncomfortably to my skin. I waded a little deeper into the water, letting the comparative coolness of the surf splash up to my thighs as I tried to keep up a quick pace in the soupy air which seemed to provide more resistance to my gait than the sand shifting beneath my feet.Sometime later, my phone buzzed against my hip. It was the alarm I’d set to remind myself that it was almost sunset; I’d have enough light to see by for perhaps another half hour after that time. I turned on my heel and began to head back. As soon as I did, I felt relief.The southerly wind — really more like the barest hint of a breeze than a wind — gently nudged the flyaways from where they’d hung lankly against my temples, despite my best efforts to contain my hair in a ponytail.It wasn’t much, but it was enough. It was enough to make the return trip down the beach more enjoyable — in the fresh air.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Ighalo Wants to Extend Loan, Finish Season with Man Utd

first_imgOdion Ighalo hopes his loan deal at Manchester United is extended until the Premier League season is completed.The Nigeria striker, 30, moved from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January and has a contract until 31 May.Premier League bosses hope to resume the season in June but, with China’s Super League also intent on a restart, Ighalo may have to return to Shanghai. “I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.“I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped now for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully we’ll come back to play.“The team had a good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club.”BBC Sport understand United are keen to extend Nigeria international Ighalo’s contract.He has scored four goals in eight games in all competitions for United, including once in the 5-0 Europa League last-16 win over LASK on 12 March, a day before the Premier League season was suspended.“The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract,” said Ighalo.“I just want everyone to be safe and see what the future holds.”United are fifth in the table with nine games remaining.Ighalo said the Premier League will make the right decision in order to ensure players are “safe and healthy” if and when play resumes.Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to discuss a resumption to the season.The Chinese Super League is hopeful of restarting in late June.The Chinese football association has made a proposal for all professional clubs to cut the salaries of players and coaches by up to 50 per cent to help combat the financial impact of the pandemic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Monday Pool League

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Chinese Super League club offers 12M Euros a year for Rafa Benitez

first_imgAdvertisement 90glr2NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4hnv2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ax9uWould you ever consider trying this?😱kxCan your students do this? 🌚8rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rafael Benitez is one of the most elite tacticians in this age of football managers. After a brilliant spell at Newcastle United which saw Benitez bring Newcastle from the second division, Chinese Super League sides are planning to bring the manager to China.Advertisement So far Benitez has not signed a contract extension at Newcastle which means he is a free agent by the end of June.Advertisement The Spaniard is also linked with a move to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.Benitez remains one of the favourites to replace Sarri but Frank Lampard is the overwhelming favourite for the job.Advertisement Rafa Benitez won the Europa League in his time at Chelsea and the Champions League for Liverpool in 2005 which is considered arguably the greatest comeback in football history.Dalian Yifang, the Chinese club vying for Benitez’s signature have won only three of their 13 league games so far this season under South Korean coach Choi Kang-hee.Perhaps the Spaniard could take up the project and bring Dalian amongst Chinese elites. Advertisementlast_img read more

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