CHANGZHOU, China, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) modules, solutions and services, announced today that it held its 2014 annual general me...Read More »
RESSANO GARCIA, Mozambique, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Earlier today, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, and the Mozambican Minister of Energy, Salvador Namburete, joined the chairman of the Mozambican state power utility, Electridade de Mozambique (EDM), Augusto Fernando de Sousa and the President and CEO of Sasol, David Constable, at the inauguration of Central Termica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG).
The CTRG power plant, which is a partnership between EDM (51%) and Sasol (49%), represents Mozambique's first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa.
Natural gas will be supplied to the new power plant from the Sasol-operated central processing facility (CPF) in Temane in the Inhambane province. Together with its partners, Sasol has expended approximately US$3 billion in capital investments, which include the development and expansion of the CPF and natural gas fields in Southern Mozambique, the construction of a cross-border pipeline, and the completion of the CTRG gas-to-power project.
The 175MW gas-fired power plant will supply electricity to more than two million Mozambicans - this equates to 23% of the country's current demand. The Mozambican economy is one of the fastest growing on the African continent, and is seeing electricity demand increasing by approximately 14% annually.
The opening of the CTRG power facility comes as Sasol celebrates its 10th anniversary of developing the Temane and Pande stranded gas fields in Mozambique, through strong in-country partnerships and its technical expertise. The company's investments over the past decade have contributed to the creation of a favourable investment climate for Mozambique, while establishing an exploration and natural gas production sector in the region. These investments also serve to support economic growth and development in both Mozambique and South Africa.
Sasol President and CEO, David Constable said, "By working together with our Mozambican and South African partners, we are well-placed to unlock the ultimate potential of Mozambique's hydrocarbon resources in an integrated and sustainable manner, which will benefit not only the country but the broader region."
EDM Chairman Augusto Fernando de Sousa commented, "Despite Mozambique's extensive hydrocarbon resources, EDM is currently experiencing an electricity deficit which necessitates importing power. CTRG will help enhance the country's energy self-sufficiency and will also help to diversify our energy base."
The gas-fired power plant is expected to reach beneficial operation in October this year.
Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 33 000 people working in 37 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, high-value chemicals and low-carbon electricity.
While remaining committed to our home-base of South Africa, Sasol is expanding internationally based on a unique value proposition.
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XI'AN, China, August 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Recycling Energy Corp. (NASDAQ: CREG or "the Company"), a leading industrial waste-to-energy solution provider in China, today announced that its Chairman and CEO, Mr. Guohua Ku, ...Read More »
- Prior to UN Climate Summit, Cultural Leaders Join Al Gore to Highlight Climate Solutions at Hand, Encourage Viewers to Dedicate a Day to Climate Fight
BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Climate Reality Project's fourth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope, will be presented live from Brooklyn, New York on September 16-17, beginning 12 PM EDT. This year's broadcast marks a turning point in the global movement for climate solutions, celebrating innovation and progress in fighting climate change around the world and kick starting a year of concerted action. Each hour, former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman and Founder Al Gore will introduce a new reason to be hopeful about solving climate change and invite viewers worldwide to join this effort and dedicate a day in the coming year to helping end the climate crisis.
Airing one week prior to the U.N. Climate Summit, this year's 24 Hours of Reality program will share the good news that the tide is turning and solutions to climate change are here today. Each hour focuses on a specific milestone in efforts to address the crisis – from the plummeting cost of solar panels to the rise of climate action at the national level. Building on the previous three installments of award-winning programming, this year's broadcast will feature field reports with activists, town hall-style discussions with experts, and one-on-one interviews with celebrities, and artistic performances.
"Carbon pollution is already having a profound impact on our climate, but the good news is that we have all the tools we need to overcome this challenge," said Al Gore. "It's time our leaders stop asking 'What do we do?' and instead ask 'How can we accelerate the shift to a sustainable future powered by cheap, clean renewable energy, with sustainable agriculture and forestry.' This year's 24 Hours of Reality will signal a transition in the global conversation on climate change where we highlight the solutions at hand and empower individuals to take simple actions to aid this global fight."
The first 24 Hours of Reality began with the idea that much can change in a day. That's why, throughout the program, viewers will be asked to dedicate a day to making a difference in the climate fight. The combined efforts from viewers across the world will make 24 Reasons for Hope the kickoff for a global commitment to better our communities and transition to a clean energy future.
"24 Reasons for Hope will ask each of us to dedicate a day to make a difference," said Ken Berlin, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. "Climate change is big and complex, but that means there are hundreds of ways to contribute. Whether it's a parent organizing a renewable energy fair at school, or a young professional pledging to become a Climate Reality Leader, or a student working to elect a clean energy candidate, we all have different ways and different days to contribute."
In addition to former Vice President Al Gore and Climate Reality Project President and CEO Ken Berlin, a variety of international celebrities, musicians, advocates, and other special guests will join the broadcast, including:
- Vanessa Black, filmmaker
- Colbie Caillat, singer-songwriter
- Rodne Galicha, activist
- Wanjira Mathai, environmentalist
- Jason Mraz, singer-songwriter
- Patrick Ngowi, entrepreneur
- Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College
- Mark Ruffalo, actor & activist
- Ian Somerhalder, actor & model
- Johan van der Berg
- Daniela Velasco
- Truman Project
- The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
- The Green Belt Movement
- The Land Institute
- Solar Sister
- Interfaith Power and Light
The broadcast will be produced by Control Room, with supporting media efforts by Participant Media's television network, Pivot, and TakePart.com.
For more information on 24 Hours of Reality, visit www.24hoursofreality.org.
About The Climate Reality Project:
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.
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Cumulative PV Module Shipments Exceeded 10 GW Globally BAODING, China, August 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), t...Read More »
Yingli Green Energy to Supply 66 MWp of PV Modules to Push Energy for Four Large-scale Projects in the United Kingdom
BAODING, China, August 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic ("PV") module manufacturer in the world, known a...Read More »
Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia
- "Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain," according to new report
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups' shocking report, Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica.
According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, "The ivory trade is operating today at the highest level since the 1989 commercial ivory trade ban. Our investigation reveals that between 2009 and June 2014, there were more than 90 large-scale ivory seizures, collectively weighing almost 170 tons that bear the hallmarks of international organized crime. This would amount to approximately 229,729 elephants killed and trafficked in fewer than six years."
"It is well known that East Asian nationals, and, in particular, the Chinese, drive the modern ivory trade. However, the scale we found in our investigation was shocking; Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every single African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain," Roberts explains.
Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis at C4ADS and co-author of the report commissioned by Born Free USA, said, "The ivory trade is worth billions of dollars but is still talked about as if it were an unprofessional, disorganized, and artisanal industry, of concern only to conservationists. In reality, it is a highly organized, complex global crime that has avoided consequence for decades. However, our report reveals that there may be as few as 100 large-scale ivory containers moving annually that drive the vast majority of the entire illegal trade. Focusing efforts on intercepting these containers and tracing back their owners and facilitators can have a real impact on the trade."
Out of Africa provides a detailed examination of the illicit ivory supply chain, including:
- Illegal ivory flows primarily in containers through the international shipping system. At least 100 containers may be moving annually, the majority through a small number of chokepoints.
- A large majority of all of the illegal ivory is accounted for within a small number of transactions; through a small number of ports and airports; and to a small number of criminal networks.
- Just the three ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar in Kenya and Tanzania exit the majority of shipments, pointing to the need for more carefully-targeted enforcement efforts.
- The top three airports in the chain are in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg.
- Traffickers able to operate from the forest to the market can earn more than 2,500% in profit margins.
- Ivory and wildlife trafficking networks operate within a networked black market that has a high degree of convergence with other forms of organized crime activity. Ivory traffickers do not necessarily run guns or narcotics themselves, but they rely on -- and help enrich -- facilitators who are interwoven into the systems that enable terrorist financing, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.
Roberts adds, "The greatest challenge to combat the wildlife trade is a lack of adequate information on how the trade functions. Our report seeks to bridge that gap, providing actionable insights, and replicable and scalable processes, to help mobilize tangible action for the policy, intelligence, and law enforcement communities."
The Born Free USA team has focused on wildlife trafficking for more than two decades, and advocated vociferously for the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) uplisting of African elephants to Appendix I, thus shutting down the commercial international trade in elephant ivory. The organization maintains a global wildlife trade program and is at the forefront of campaigns to protect imperiled species, including from the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, lion trophies, and bear gallbladders.
Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of "compassionate conservation" -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film "Born Free," along with their son Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.
C4ADS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide. C4ADS' approach leverages nontraditional investigative techniques and emerging analytical technologies. The organization recognizes the value of working on the ground in the field, capturing local knowledge, and collecting original data to inform analysis, as well as employing cutting-edge technology to manage and analyze data. The result is an innovative analytical approach to conflict prevention and mitigation. More at www.c4ads.org.
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