The West needs to think again on African gas

With the breakdown in relations with Russia endangering gas supplies, the West should rethink its policy on embargoing development finance for gas deposits in Africa. Continue reading The West needs to think again on African gas

Climate Justice in Consumption Production Systems

But we cannot afford to put all of our stock in that which requires faith. For those of us in OECD societies to continue consuming and producing at our current or increasing rates in the expectation that some technologies will somehow solve our problems at some undefined time in the future is a recipe for disaster. Until we have a technology that removes the current stock of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere – and so far our best proven technologies are nature based solutions – we have little choice but to decrease our consumption and production, particularly when we think with a more global mind-set. Continue reading Climate Justice in Consumption Production Systems

Climate Displacement policy paper

A paper I worked on with the Liberal International Climate Justice Committee constituting of liberal politicians from around the world Christian Ottosson (Sweden), Susanna Rivero Baughman (Spain), Imad Ahmed (UK), David Zimmer (Canada), Imran Khan (Bangladesh), Daniela Morales (Belgium). September 2021 | Download the PDF Executive summary Millions of people already … Continue reading Climate Displacement policy paper

International Climate Finance and support to national climate policy processes in emerging markets – literature review

The German Institute for Economic Research – DIW Berlin | July 2021 Programme: Strengthen National Climate Policy Implementation: Comparative Empirical Learning & Creating Linkage to Climate Finance – SNAPFI Financial support:The International Climate Initiative (IKI), Federal Ministry for the Environment, … Continue reading International Climate Finance and support to national climate policy processes in emerging markets – literature review

A Just Transition for Africa: Championing a Fair and Prosperous Pathway to Net Zero

Published by the Institute for Global Change 14 October 2021 By Gareth Walsh, Imad Ahmed, Jonathan Said, Martim Faria e Maya with a foreword by Tony Blair Our Time to Zero In series makes the case for an inclusive transition to net zero that focuses on people, fairness, technology, markets and communities. This paper seeks to share insights and recommendations with policymakers in high-income countries on how they can better partner with their counterparts in Africa, to deliver on development for the continent while mitigating climate change and its worst impacts. It draws on the experience of the Tony Blair Institute in … Continue reading A Just Transition for Africa: Championing a Fair and Prosperous Pathway to Net Zero

Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

International Growth Centre blogs Shivani Haria and Imaduddin Ahmed | 1 April, 2020 Zambia’s state-owned power utility company, ZESCO, is consistently struggling to meet demand, plunging Zambia into one electricity crisis after another. The Government of Zambia’s acceptance of ZESCO’s application to increase tariffs is a step in the right direction. Access to reliable power remains a problem across sub-Saharan Africa. The latest data from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys, show that 76.2% of firms in the region still experience electrical outages, on average 8.3 times a month. This has forced over half the firms in sub-Saharan Africa into owning … Continue reading Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

The cost of power outages to Zambia’s manufacturing sector

Policy Brief 41408 International Growth Centre | June 2019 Imaduddin Ahmed, Michelle Baddeley, D’Maris Coffman, Jim Meikle and Graham Sianjase In Brief: The researchers surveyed 146 large manufacturing firms in Zambia’s industrial hubs in 2018 to assess the impacts of power outages on Zambia’s manufacturing sector, and firms’ coping mechanisms. Following the outages of 2015 and 2016, manufacturing’s share of energy delivered by Zambian energy utility ZESCO dropped and had not recovered by 2017. The researchers find that: o Backup generation was associated with a reduction in production delays which was associated with reduced loss in clients; o Export-oriented firms … Continue reading The cost of power outages to Zambia’s manufacturing sector