→ Status: concept development (2015-03)
GAFÉIAS Project Coordinator: Andreas G. Andiel
Project Duration: 2015-2017
Project Location: AGORO LODGE, Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
GAFÉIAS, Vienna, Austria
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
GAFÉIAS Contractual Partner: OSAKWE Agro-Consulting
Adigrat University, Tigray, Ethiopia, Hagos Gebremariam
Ministry of Industry, FDR Ethiopia
The imminence and severity of the problems posed by the accelerating changes in the global climate are becoming increasingly evident. Heat waves are becoming more severe, droughts and downpours are becoming more intense, the Greenland Ice Sheet is shrinking and sea levels are rising.
The environment and the world’s societies are facing increasing stress, including the spreading of disease, conflict over resources and humanitarian crises as a result of mass migrations.
The technology exists to tackle these problems by seizing significant opportunities around the globe to reduce emissions and foster sustainable development, helping to meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and expanding modern energy services to the poor.
The sun is the resource of the 21st century.
Scarcity of resources, environmental degradation and damage to the environment are the most obvious disadvantages of oil, gas and coal.
Moreover, fossil fuels, fossil fuel power stations and centralized power grids also make our society dependent on large corporations and undemocratic regimes.
Such gigantic infrastructures are also far too expensive for developing countries, whatever happens.
Renewable energies are thus the only way to guarantee an ecological, just energy supply in the future.
Nuclear power does not provide an alternative either, as it is not only extremely hazardous, but is also actually a very expensive, finite resource which is by no means climate friendly.