Webinar Series: Sustainable Energy in Humanitarian Settings
Sustainable Energy for Powering Household and Community Lighting Needs in Humanitarian Settings - Which quality solar products for household use are on the market? How can humanitarian actors assess which lighting solutions for households and communities are needed? Presentations from Lighting Global and Oxfam will shed light on these questions. Practical Action and Mercy Corps will further share their experiences from a community needs assessment in Rwanda, and from delivering quality solar products in Afghanistan. Read more...
Thursday 14 Nov at 3 p.m. CET, (Registration link)
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Gabon lies directly on the equator, on the far west coast of Cengtral Africa. The country borders 3 countries & the Gulf of Guinea; to the north-west is Equatorial Guinea, to the north is Cameroon & to both east & south is the Republic of Congo, while the Gulf of Guinea is to the west.
Gabon's total land area is about 85% forest, which makes biomass a predominant energy source for supplying the country's domestic sector needs in particular. Gabon has also high potential for hydro-electric generation due to its topography and high-precipitation conditions.
In terms of proven and recoverable oil reserves, the country is considered to be one of the richest in sub-Sharan Africa, ranking the 5th largest in the continent (After Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, South Sudan & Uganda). It also ranks as the 3rd largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa; following Nigeria & Angola.
The country's two main energy sources are fossil-fuels and hydropower. 51.7% of Gabon's total produced electricity in 2015 were generated from hydro, and 48.2% were from fossil fuels. Gabon relies heavily on oil for both its export revenues & its domestic energy production. The other major energy source is hydropower, from which the country's government aims to produce up to 1200 MW by 2020.