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Gabon

Official Name:
Gabonese Republic

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Specialized agency
Name:
Mr. Brice Biyo'o Bi Mbeng
Emails:
oheme2004@yahoo.fr
,
Name:
Mr. Nestor Mintsa
Position:
Director
Emails:
mintsanestor@yahoo.fr
,
Name:
Mrs. Ornela Chéryle Mathangoye
Emails:
ornmath@yahoo.fr

Energy profile

Gabon (2012)

Type: 
Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

Grid electricity access:Urban: 40%Rural: 18%

Renewable energy potential

Solar energyThe Gabonese World Energy Council Member Committee reports that Gabon’s average daily insolation is roughly 4 kWh/m2, and that there are approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. Since it is impractical and expensive to connect scattered communities in this heavily forested country to the electricity grid, a solar energy programme is now supplying power to around one hundred villages, all of which have been provided with Siemens solar panels.  Under this €18 million scheme, solar power has been installed in schools, shops and homes.Wind energyAverage wind speeds approaching 6 m/s have been observed in some areas of the country. However, little progress has been made in exploiting the technology.Biomass energyGabon is a heavily-forested country, and biomass still constitutes the majority of the Total primary energy supply of the country. The government of Gabon is part of the International Centre for Carbon Sequestration and Biomass Energy, a platform which provides information on the reserach and development, financial, economic and best practices involved in biomass energy production. Palm oil has also been mooted by the government as a potential revenue stream.Geothermal energyNo study has been conducted as to Gabon's geothermal potential, and the technology is currently unexploited in the country.HydropowerThanks to its high rainfall and unique geography, Gabon has one of the highest potentials for hydropower in Africa. Gabon’s technically exploitable hydro potential is more than 76,000 GWh/yr, equivalent to approximately 6,000 MW. Only 1% of this potential is presently exploited.

Energy framework

As yet, Gabon does not have a comprehensive energy framework, or a dedicated sector law. The current national energy policy is aimed at strengthening the existing power generating capacities by diversifying sources of power. The most recent revision to energy policy in the country came in 2006, with the addition of further incentives for frontier exploration in the oil sector to the Petroleum Law. Mineral and petroleum resources are designated property of the state under this law.In February, 2008, a law was passed authorising the Gabonese government to borrow from international organisations to fund infrastructure projects, such as extension of the national grid.

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  • Communicating Extreme Weather Event Attribution: Research from Kenya and India

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Objective:

    Climate change attribution analysis assesses the likelihood that a particular extreme weather event has been made more or less likely as a result of anthropogenic climate change. Communication of extreme event attribution information in the immediate aftermath of an extreme event provides a window of opportunity to inform, educate, and affect a change in attitude or behaviour in order to mitigate or prepare for climate change.

  • Hydrological Zoning

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Sectors:

    Hydrological zoning (or simply zoning) is an approach to divide land into different zones based on their hydrological properties. Typically, each type of zone has different land use and development regulations linked to it. This land and water management method aims to protect local water sources from risks of over-abstraction, land salinization, groundwater pollution and waterlogging by managing land use activities based on the assigned hydrological zones.  For example, zones with a high groundwater table, large amounts of surface water (e.g.

  • Energy Efficiency (Policies and Measures Database)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database provides information on policies and measures taken or planned to improve energy efficiency. The database further supports the IEA G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action mandate to “share best practice between participating governments”, and the agreement by IEA Energy Ministers in 2009 to promote energy efficiency and close policy gaps.

  • Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The GREAT Tool for Cities is an integrated bottom-up, energy end-use based modelling and accounting tool for tracking energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors on a city, provincial or regional level. The model uses the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software developed by the Stockholm Environmental Institute and includes a national average dataset on energy input parameters for residential, commercial, transport, industry and agriculture end-use sectors.

  • Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficiency Retrofit (COMBAT) is created to facilitate policy makers, facility managers, and building retrofit practitioners to estimate commercial (public) buildings retrofit energy saving, cost and payback period. Common commercial building models area created, and the retrofit measures and their effects are pre-computed by EnergyPlus by taking different building types and measures interactions into account.

  • Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C)

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Objective:

    The tool provides the opportunity to analyse the impacts of 23 different policy types from 4 energy-using sectors:

    1. public buildings,
    2. commercial buildings,
    3. residential buildings, and
    4. transportation.

    Impacts of policy choices are analysed in terms of energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, and other outcomes over a time period set by the user. The tool also allows for assigning the weights to different policy options based on community priorities in order to tailor policy development process to community goals.

  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Germany
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht-Zentrum für Material-und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG) is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Germany's largest science organization. One of HZG's scientific organizational entities is the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a think tank for innovations in the field of climate services.    

  • Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Switzerland
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    The Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte is an establishment of reflection, research and practice of industrial ecology. The Institute has an engineering division and an expertise cluster, which enables the Institute to identify new technologies linked to industrial ecology and to advise through a specific methodology adapted to local contexts. The project managers work on the practical execution of mandates and on the implementation of the industrial ecology with a particular attention to Switzerland and developing countries.