Renewable energy

 

Mountains play as key role in providing renewable energy, especially through hydropower, solar power, wind power and biogas for downstream cities and remote mountain communities.

Hydropower currently provides around a fifth of all electricity worldwide, and some countries rely almost exclusively on mountain regions for hydropower generation In Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru, at least 95 percent of hydropower is generated in mountain regions.

Solar power can also be efficiently produced in mountains and other cold regions - contrary to popular belief. The Himalayas and Tropical Andes are particularly promising locations for the development of solar energy, where installations could produce approximately 20 percent more energy than they could at sea level. In Nepal, for example, almost all remote airports and telecommunication facilities are powered by solar energy; solar cookers are widely used in the mountain regions of China and India.

Wind power is a vast, but largely untapped source of potential sustainable energy in mountains. Even at lower elevations, the terrain and topography of mountains can create wind corridors with high wind speeds that are ideally suited for wind turbine development.

Sustainable energy brings benefits to human health, the mountain environment and global climate. Reduced dependency on firewood, for example, can lead to fewer respiratory diseases, improved water and soil conservation, and less black carbon (soot) in the atmosphere – one of the most widespread short-lived climate pollutants.  However, many sustainable energy sources in mountains remain unused or underutilized.

Clean energy for women of the Pamirs

Clean energy for women of the Pamirs

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Last month Little Earth began implementing a new pilot project that aims to contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources and improve the quality of life of two villages, Savnob and Roshorv, in the Bartnag Valley of the Pamir region in Tajikistan. The project, "Clean energy and women...

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Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop

Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop

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The Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Workshop addresses the interlinked challenges of food security, climate change, disaster risk reduction and energy through an integrated climate smart agriculture approach.

CSA, though relatively new, is attracting increasing interest and attention in various parts of the world including in Central...

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Journalists blog about their Alpine tour

Journalists blog about their Alpine tour

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The first blog entries of the journalists who participated in the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention’s ‘We are Alps’ tour are now online. On 29 June - 5 July 2016, ten journalists crossed the Alps with the aim of raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of...

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Solar cookers for families in Tajik mountains

Solar cookers for families in Tajik mountains

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Thanks to the funds collected by a Norwegian volunteer, nine families, who were affected by the earthquake that struck the Bartang Valley of the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan in December 2015, received solar parabolic cookers. Little Earth can be proud of its volunteers. Several years ago, a woman from...

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We Are Alps Tour 2016: "Alpine Green Economy"

We Are Alps Tour 2016: "Alpine Green Economy"

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The 2016 edition of the We are Alps tour will look for answers to what the green economy is, how it is unfolding in the Alps - whether different from the lowlands, what its characteristics are and what good practice examples can be found across the Alps (with focus this...

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Greening Costa Rica mountain schools

Greening Costa Rica mountain schools

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For several years the Hotel Villa Blanca management office, which also owns the José Miguel Alfaro Biological Research Centre situated on the hotel property in the Los Angeles district of San Ramon, which is located in the mountains west of the Central Valley of Costa Rica, has been working with...

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