An aerial view of deforestation in Brazil’s Acre state. February 2013.

Google to Reach 100% Clean Energy in 2017; Deforestation Rises in Brazilian Amazon

By Climatelinks

Bloomberg (12/6) said Google expects to run its company, including offices and 13 data centers, entirely with wind and solar power by 2017. 

The Washington Post (12/2) reported the Brazilian Amazon has experienced the highest rate of deforestation since 2008, losing 8,000 square kilometers of forest from August 2015 through July 2016, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research
The Guardian (12/2) said Myanmar’s government is working with private companies to bring electricity to the entire country by 2030, using off-grid renewable energy to reach many rural villages. As of 2014, only 16 percent of rural households had an electricity connection.  
Thomson Reuters Foundation (12/5) said youth organizations in Cameroon are teaching people to turn human waste into biogas energy, providing an affordable, clean and reliable source of energy to growing populations in Buea and Bamenda. 
BBC (11/30) said a new European Commission plan, if approved, would cut energy use across the bloc 30 percent by 2030 via measures to cut energy waste, increase energy efficiency and better integrate renewable energy into the power grid. It would also introduce new incentives for smart metering and empower more consumers to produce and sell electricity. 
Adaptation, Energy
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Climate Policy, Clean Energy, Forestry, Mitigation
Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Global



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

More on the Blog

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh understands how critical a reliable energy supply is to the country's growth. However, Bangladesh is currently dependent on a waning natural gas supply and has reached a point where it must evaluate energy independent paths that are sustainable, cost-effective, and ensure long-term domestic energy supply. 
When the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu were threatened by forest fires last September, firefighter Jessica Morón and her wildland firefighting team battled the flames to protect the historic sanctuary and its surrounding biodiversity.
Improving energy efficiency is an integral but often-overlooked part of low-emission development (LED) strategies that can help countries reach their climate targets while meeting growing demands for energy.