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Ampersand
Transport

Ampersand secures $9m for the expansion of its electric motorcycles

Ampersand, Kenya's first electric motorcycle company, has secured $9million from the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to expand its operations in Rwanda and Kenya. This loan is a part of DFC’s portfolio for the Impact and Innovation (PI²) initiative and contributes to DFC’s commitment to the US Energy Compact

Opibus
Transport

Opibus raises $7.5 million at COP26 to expand its electric vehicles market

As countries and corporate leaders make pledges to mitigate climate change during the course of COP26, innovators of climate-focused solutions are in search of funding to help them launch or expand their operations. Opibus is one such organization. The firm has announced a $7.5 million funding which it secured to

Ashden Awards
Saving the Planet

3 African innovators emerge winners of Ashden Awards

The Ashden Awards unveiled its winners at COP26 and four African climate innovators from Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo emerge as top honors. Organized by a London-based organization that works in sustainable energy and development, the Ashden Awards celebrate pioneering organizations from the UK and low-income countries

COP26
Advocacy

“No more blah blah”- Youths voice out as they protest during COP26

In view of the ongoing COP26 climate summit, world leaders have been urged to take the required actions to cut carbon emissions, mobilize funding for underdeveloped nations, and improve adaptation and resilience. However, on Friday, November 5, dubbed "Friday for the Future," youths staged protests on the streets of Glasgow,

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Carbon

Starsight Energy Nigeria gets carbon certification

Starsight Energy has received carbon accreditation, making it the first renewable energy provider in Nigeria to do so. The firm specializes in commercial and industrial solar electricity and is financed by Helios Investment Partners, an African-focused investment firm. Starsight Energy provides commercial and industrial clients in Africa with clean on-grid

vehicles
Transport

Electric vehicles: A green path toward sustainability

Fossil fuel-powered vehicles contribute greatly to air pollution, this is because they emit tons of greenhouse gas, especially secondhand and very old cars. An estimated 80 to 90 percent of cars in Africa- particularly in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya- are used vehicles. This raises a concern as some African leaders

single-use plastic bags
Saving the Planet

Nigeria is yet to take action against single-use plastic bags

If you wander through the streets of Nigeria, you will notice a recurring sight at every turn; single-use plastic bags also known as "nylon," which can be found in every nook and cranny. Single-use plastic bags are widely utilized in Nigeria, with manufacturers, wholesalers, and petty traders using them to

environmental justice
Advocacy

Environmental justice in Africa: A reality or fallacy?

Africa's environment has deteriorated as a result of climate change over the years. Droughts and floods on a regular basis, an increase in landfills, oil spillage, air pollution, and water poisoning are just a few of Africa's environmental problems. The reality is that these problems, which have long been a

climate change
Advocacy

#Women4theClimate: Meet Vanessa Natakte, a climate change activist

Hello readers, Welcome to Welcome to #Women4theClimate on CleanbuildVoices! Today on #Women4theclimate, we are bringing to the center stage Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan climate activist and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. Vanessa Nakate is a 25-year-old Ugandan who began her journey as a climate change activist in 2018

summit
Saving the Planet

Irony as over 400 private jets fly to a summit on climate change

The purpose of the COP summit, as everyone knows, is to devise means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate the effects of global warming. Parties have demonstrated their commitment to this aim by attending the COP and signing the Paris Agreement no doubt. Many options are being considered

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