1. Minister of Power, Works and Housing weighs in on what Africa must do to effectively utilize renewable energy

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, noted that Africa must intensify efforts at improving transmission grid for renewable energy to be effectively developed on the continent.

The minister spoke at the opening of a two- day Conference on Renewable Energy Development organized by the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CEPEEL) of the University of Ibadan.

He also noted that Nigeria’s national vision is to provide incremental power, and then steady and uninterrupted power.

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  1. Wales Ministry of Environment gives priority to Recycling

The Wales Minister of Environment has approved capital of more than £7.5 million (US$ 10.5 million) which would be used to fund local authorities bid to improve recycling services.

The funding will be administered under the Collaborative Change Programme which awards capital grants in cases where local authorities want to implement change.

The funds would be used to make improvements to the collection and sorting of recycled materials. This would eventually help Wales reach its goal of becoming a zero waste nation.

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  1. 3. Uganda set to increase activities as a member of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA)

The Government of Uganda recently hosted a delegation from the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), including representatives from Conservation International and the Government of Botswana. The Government of Uganda has participated in previous GDSA events and hopes to increase

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) is a regional action platform initiated by ten African countries to bring together like-minded countries as they press towards sustainable development. The GDSA now has 12 member countries (Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda).

The GDSA approaches sustainability through incorporating the value of natural capital in public and private policy decision-making, generating data, sharing best practices, and building capacity to support policy networks as well as pursuing inclusive sustainable production in such areas as agriculture, fisheries, and extractive industries.

The GDSA Secretariat also organize resources and build new partnerships that help its member countries achieve their sustainability targets.

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  1. Fashion Brands Adopting Sustainability in their Production Process

You can now make more conscious choices with fashion labels making more ethical decisions.

Sustainability comes into play at each stage of a garment’s life, from the initial design to the recycling when it’s worn out. These sustainable processes are way kinder to the environment

With the aid of research and innovation, better ways of producing the clothes that we all love has been discovered. Brands now have the option of making garments from eco-friendly fabrics, such as Tencel, made from the wood pulp that can be recycled in a “closed loop process” with no more chemicals added.  Hemp, bamboo and the likes of recycled cashmere, denim and PET also tick the sustainable boxes.

Chemicals that can harm the environment and cause skin irritation are cut out by many sustainable brands.

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