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.

Submissions for UN report on mountains

Submissions for UN report on mountains

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) is currently compiling summaries of the most important results of mountain development activities since July 2013 for the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Report on Sustainable Mountain Development.

Now requested every three years, the MPS and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations,...

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MP members to form renewable energy group

MP members to form renewable energy group

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The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), an initiative focused on providing access to energy and education opportunities to remote mountainous communities, proposes forming a Mountain Partnership Energy Access Group.

Mountain Partnership members concerned with access to renewable energy sources in the mountains are invited to take part. Communities that are...

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Summer course to focus on managing mountain resources

Summer course to focus on managing mountain resources

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 Issue 91 – Month 4 – Year 2016

The April issue of Peak to Peak reveals that this year’s IPROMO course will focus on managing mountain resources and diversities – the role of protected areas, in Ormea, Italy, in July. The newsletter also shares calls for mountain-related...

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Himalayan expedition to light up monastery

Himalayan expedition to light up monastery

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The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) has announced that its fourth expedition will be to Ladakh, India, in June 2016. This year the carefully selected team will light up the 2550-year-old Phuktal Gonpa Monastery, built in a natural cave in Zanskar in the northern part of the country.

The...

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Solar cookers in Tajik mountain valley

Solar cookers in Tajik mountain valley

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Little Earth visited last autumn several villages of the Bartang valley, in the western Pamirs in Tajikistan, where the organization carries out its activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. In Nisur Village they met and interviewed the heads of households who received solar parabolic cookers last summer. What...

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Presenting results on renewable energy in Alps

Presenting results on renewable energy in Alps

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The Alps offer great potential for renewable energy production. But this simultaneously increases the pressure on nature. The partners in the international recharge.green project have found ways to ensure this balancing act succeeds. They will be presenting their results at the final conference to be held on 20-21 May 2015...

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