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Turning CO2 Into Soda Ash

It’s a chemical engineer’s job to chase pipe dreams.

Unlike many of their fellow engineers though, Aniruddha Sharma and Prateek Bumb have something to show for their many years of toil. The company they founded in 2009, called Carbon Clean Solutions, has created a crucial technology the world needs to reach the low carbon-emissions targets set out in the Paris climate agreement.

Let’s Get Going

2016 was a pivotal year for sustainable energy.

More than 160 countries have now publicly announced clean energy plans to be achieved between 2020 and 2030.

Countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour - half the average global cost of coal power.

Fortune 500 companies are sourcing renewable energy at levels that did not seem conceivable just a few years ago.

Africa's Energy Surge

Today, there are 1.1 billion people worldwide who still have little or no access to electricity. Over half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. And more than 80% of those living in that region still do not have access to clean cooking. But Africa is poised to become a huge part of the clean energy solution. Rachel Kyte - CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All - talks to CNN about the plan to close the energy access gap in Africa - and around the world - and how we can get it done well before 2030.

Cameroon Clean Cooking Master Plan

The Government of Cameroon recently announced the adoption of a National LPG Master Plan to support increased liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) use for household cooking in Cameroon from the current 12% of the population to 58% by 2030 – the equivalent of 18 million Cameroonians.

This increased goal of more Cameroon households using LPG, instead of cooking with solid fuels like wood and charcoal, will help reduce both ongoing deforestation and harmful health effects of air pollution.

Moving Ahead: Driving Action on SDG #7 at COP22

MARRAKECH, Morocco - COP22 closed with renewed calls to fast-track action and maintain the highest possible level of ambition in combating climate change, while ensuring universal access to sustainable energy.

This year’s UN climate change conference was held less than a year after the Sustainable Development Goals came into force and the historic Paris Agreement was struck at COP21 – an Agreement that came into effect just days before the Marrakech talks opened.

Energy Day at COP22: Energy Leaders from Around the World Showcase Accelerated Action to Achieve a Just Climate Future for All

Business and policy leaders came together during the opening week of COP22 in Marrakesh for Energy Day to demonstrate action on global efforts to decarbonize our energy system.

Energy Day was part of a series of thematic days taking place during the Moroccan climate talks – hosted by Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana and Hakima El Haité – and held under the auspices of the COP22 Presidency.