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The UN has urged countries around the world to deliver their updated national climate action plans as soon as possible, reminding governments that their Paris Agreement plans should be submitted "at least 9-12 months" before the crucial COP26 summit kicks off in Glasgow in November next year: Info
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Energy policy, renewable energies and sustainable energy management are three fields of action with high relevance for climate protection and low-carbon development. While it holds true for Germany that the advance of energy transition is a key project in its transfer to a sustainable energy supply, there is still a considerable need for information on energy transition in many newly industrialized and developing countries. We can help to provide this information.

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German energy transition is proof that the parameters of successful climate policy are determined essentially by energy politics. The shift to a low-risk, clean and long-term affordable and independent energy supply is our future.  A worldwide interest in German energy policy remains strong. Is energy transition a fitting blueprint for the transfer to a low-carbon energy supply? Is it a model that can provide access to sustainable energy for all? Yes – we are more convinced than ever.

Climate & Development Advice specializes in broadening the knowledge base for energy transition in developing countries. For instance, we offer excursions and organise panel discussions and advance training. Moreover, we advise NGOs and churches in matters of energy policy.

The introduction of energy management systems to church institutions, NGOs and companies is a first step towards improving energy efficiency; it supports climate protection and leads to the systematic addressing of climate and energy issues. The energy saving potential is usually significant. In many cases, the introduction of energy management is followed by the development of an environment, sustainability or climate protection concept.

We inform and advise you on the road to energy management and in the development of a climate protection concept. We also bring together church and communal parties from developing and industrialised countries that share a common interest in establishing a climate protection or energy transition partnership.

The future lies in renewable energies – his applies also and especially to developing countries. Lack of or insufficient access to energy is one of the main causes of poverty. Marginalised population groups in rural areas are particularly vulnerable. Renewable energies have great potential to overcome energy poverty in a sustainable way, in particular where geographical conditions are challenging and there is no access to the grid. Hence, there is a great need for information in many developing countries.

Climate & Development Advice provides information and consultancy for renewable energies as well as international contacts. It brings together diverse actors to facilitate new cooperation.