Although oil prices are already causing extreme hardship to the poor in many African countries they are likely to go higher still. South Africa could use its prestige and power to work with its neighbours to prevent living standards getting even worse.
This document was printed for distribution at the energy conference in South Africa.
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According to the World Bank, higher energy prices can hit the poor twice as hard as those in the highest income group.1 A study in Yemen found that a $15 …
Energy Networks Linking Innovation in Villages in Europe Now
The ENLIVEN project is a cross sector partnership led by Irish Rural Link. Partners are: Offaly County Council; Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; Dundalk Institute of Technology; Methanogen; EOS Architects; Martin Langton, Developer; Pauric Davis and Associates, Engineers; Michael Layden, Community Energy Consultant; Sean Riordan, Developer.
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Historically, communities developed in places where resources were available. Today however, many rural communities are in decline because the use of fossil fuels has devalued their renewable energy sources, made the growing of many non-food crops irrelevant, and exposed their food products to price competition from places where land is more abundant.
This project is based on the premise that the tide may be about to turn. Restrictions on the use of fossil fuel in response to the threat of climate change and because of oil and gas depletion are about to make energy supplies scarcer and more costly. Handled correctly, this could create the circumstances in which rural communities will again be able to grow by developing their local resources, particularly those of energy.
Date: October 7-9 2005
Venue: Nano Nagle Centre, Nr Mallow, Co Cork…
Date: Wednesday 12 October 2005
Venue: Cultivate, Temple Bar, Dublin
Without the cheap fossil energy that has fuelled economic growth since the industrial revolution our economies will change radically. What steps should be taken to ensure that Ireland can continue to thrive in a world where supplies of oil and gas are increasingly constrained if increasing energy demand is driving prices higher and higher?
How high will oil and gas prices go?
Will economic growth continue at its present pace?
How will changes in price affect the Irish economy and our way …