Unfortunately, most states rely almost exclusively on historical data to estimate the frequency and severity of future natural disasters when planning for future natural disasters. But as our climate warms, we can no longer assume that our past experience is an accurate gauge for future disasters. Climate disruption is already changing precipitation patterns, causing sea levels to rise, and increasing the possibility of weather extremes, which means that floods, droughts, wildfires, and major storms are likely to be more frequent or severe than they were in the past.
The Thai Ministry of Energy is increasing its efforts to engage regions and provinces in tapping Thailand’s renewable energy potential via various recent initiatives such as a feed-in tariff for community-based photovoltaic installations or biogas from energy crops.
Reducing policy and regulatory barriers, building capacity and piloting renewables are crucial steps in enabling the deployment of renewable energy (RE) to conflict-prone Afghanistan.
RE is high on Afghanistan’s political agenda. Only 10% of its rural population currently has access to electricity. Therefore, rural areas will benefit from the development of mini and micro-hydro and PV mini-grids.
Interview with Bernhard Zymla, Head of GIZ Energy