Editorial Comment: Monitoring solar energy projects important

Solar power is a practical solution for Zimbabwe, not only because we have high levels of sunshine, but also because we can, in effect, store solar power using Lake Kariba. So as more and more solar stations are added to the grid they can take an even higher percentage of the daylight load, allowing Zesa […]

Harava solar project shines light on Zim

Moves to finalise the construction of the 20MW Harava Solar Project (HSP), a few kilometres south-east of the capital, have shown a good example of how it is possible for Zimbabwe to tap into green energy. Despite the difficult operating environment, Zimbabwe is pushing by all means necessary to complete solar energy power plants, as […]

Paying the price for lack of climate knowledge application

WITH the effects of global warming continuing to have negative impacts on the people’s livelihoods, one would think that these effects would concentrate where they were emitted most. Such misplaced assumptions and wishful thinking are not binding as many innocent people are caught in the cross-fire. That’s how dangerous carbon sinning becomes as the carbon […]

COMMENT: Lowering of tariffs by Zesa will bring relief to consumers

In a world full of greedy capitalists, the decision by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to lower the cost of electricity tariffs not only comes as a relief but a shock as well. Consumers are no longer used to prices going down. They keep going up, even when there is no justification. In April, […]

Celebrating World Environment Day amid COVID-19

THROUGHOUT the world, nations and environmentalists observed and celebrated the World Environment Day (WED) on June 5 2020. This day is an important event on the world environmental calendar. The year 2020 witnessed the event being celebrated not only in the background of climate change impacts, but also in the midst of COVID-19, a deadly […]

Harnessing renewable energy to promote socio-economic development in Zimbabwe

By Patience Shawarira Zimbabwe is currently struggling with a persistent energy crisis worsened by the economic meltdown.  The crisis is characterised by electricity outages and scarcity of petroleum. Most of the electricity is generated from coal-fired thermal and hydro-power plants, directly and indirectly, owned by a state-owned enterprise, ZESA Holdings, through the Zimbabwe Power Company.   […]

Promote climate change education in Southern Africa: Experts

By Nesia Mhaka Southern African countries have been challenged to promote climate change education at all levels to create an informed community as well as to reduce loss of lives due to natural disasters.  This will be in line with the National Climate Change Learning Strategy which seeks to promote awareness in the countries and […]

Zimbabwe tourism sector shifts to sustainable energy to boost industry

By Nkosilathi Sibanda To operators in the resort areas of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and Binga, in Matabeleland North Province, have opted to harness solar energy as well as energy saving lighting to offset incessant power outages that have affected businesses for a long time now. This comes in the wake of calls for adoption of […]

Editorial Comment: Renewable energy policies vital for power sustenance

The launch of the National Renewable Energy Policy (NREP) and the Bio-fuels Policy of Zimbabwe represents a major milestone in our country’s efforts to catalyse the transition to renewable energy — a key step in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7, which seeks to ensure universal energy access to all. It is […]

Communicating health issues in climate change

THE health component is the most fundamental aspect of human well-being, but it is often ignored or back-grounded when talking about climate change impacts. This essential community of practice is not normally a favourite of journalists reporting on climate change issues. One wonders if it’s the lack of expertise to report on critical health issues […]