November 2014 by Heinrich Böll Stiftung – Nigeria and West Africa office

Drawing on the best available, most recent research, I prepared the report “Renewables on the Rise” as a tool for sharing knowledge and ideas on a sustainable, gender sensitive energy future for West African countries. The work was supported by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung – Nigeria and West Africa office.
Based on a literature review of thousands of pages of research published since 2011, the report provides a rapid assessment of energy policy options for West Africa.
The report deals with global energy policies, local job markets, the cost of solar versus the cost of coal power plants, and it analyses subsidies for fossil and renewable energies. It contains more than 20 info graphics, which can be used as pull-outs to support the work of NGOs and interested experts. The annex and accompanying online reading materials provide additional information on issues ranging from climate change to the cost of nuclear power. All materials are meant to be used, printed and quoted freely.
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Hans Verolme
Author: Hans Verolme

Hans Verolme is the founder of the Climate Advisers Network and has extensive analytical and advisory experience in Africa, South America and Asia and is widely recognized as an expert across the entire spectrum of low carbon transitions. With over 20 years of international negotiations experience, he has been a valued adviser to governments, foundations and civil society. Prior to setting up the Climate Advisers Network, he advised the British ambassador in Washington, DC, and served as Global and US Climate Change Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). All politics is local, climate politics is global. Hans has worked in, amongst others, Barbados, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Myanmar, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.