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2 H 2018. Here’s what trends in Energy, Ecology, Skills and Finance discussions globally

ENERGY Increasing Resilience in Energy Systems: E-mobility, decentralized generation and outdated infrastructure are putting unprecedented pressure on energy systems, while increased connectivity and complexity are raising the exposure to cyberattacks and cascade failure. International Energy Agency’s The Future of Petrochemicals: The Future of Petrochemicals: Towards a more Sustainable Supply of Plastics and Fertilizers. This new report[…]

World’s multilateral development banks are still to set clear energy access targets, and collectively track energy access finance and its outcomes

1 bn people around the world lack access to electricity, and some 3 bn still rely on polluting solid fuels — like wood or charcoal — for cooking. The International Energy Agency maintains that, to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, off-grid and mini-grid solutions would have to account for over 2/3 of additional electricity supply investment. World’s multilateral[…]

Strongest cluster initiatives are unafraid to “pick winners” from the broad array of potential alternatives

The most successful cluster initiatives have five traits according to researchers at Brookings: 1. Focused on establishing a robust ecosystem, not quick job gains Cluster initiatives must be focused on establishing a robust and regenerating ecosystem that produces the innovation, talent, and economic opportunities that firms need to thrive. These initiatives must be first and[…]

Global Cybersecurity Index Heat Map

Solving Africa’s youth unemployment problem by training more African cybersecurity and healthcare experts

Lack of jobs, or lack of skilled people to fill them? It’s all about lack of proper information sharing between those who educate and those who seek to hire. The World Population Counter says that there are three times more births than death on a given day, while more than 7.6 billion people populate the Earth at[…]

Urban population in African cities

By 2025, there will be 100 African cities with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Twice as many as in Latin America.

By 2025, there will be 100 African cities with over 1 million inhabitants. Twice as many as in Latin America. Lagos – already Africa’s largest city – is predicted to expand by an astonishing 77 people every hour between now and 2030. Such urban growth presents substantial opportunity for those of us who feel at home amidst[…]

By the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association

European Commission: some 2,000,000 EV charging points will be needed by 2025

The unbalanced distribution of EV charging points in the EU discourages European consumers from buying electric cars. From the current number of some 100,000 charging points for electric vehicles in the EU, 76% are in the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK: only 27% of EU’s total surface area. Romania only counts 114 EV charging points. Malta — 97, Bulgaria[…]

There were 48,000 electric vehicles in Canada in 2017

There were some 48,000 electric vehicles in Canada in 2017, up from 29,000 in 2016. 7,477 battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Ontario, a 120 % increase from 2016. EV sales in British Columbia and Quebec were estimated at 3,270 and 7,194 electric vehicles respectively in 2017. For comparison, about 120,000 all-electric cars were sold in the[…]

Global $8.5 trillion talent lack can be solved by greater sharing of impact investment information to build trust among the likes of pension fund managers

In our line of work, R&S Quantum hears a lot from innovative companies — big and small — in different pockets of the world and their respective governments, both local and national, that talent is lacking. And many a government turn to immigration as their most immediate solution. A post shared by Andy Kozlov (@andykozlov)[…]

George Burton, Canadore College President (second from right) with Ukrainian aviation partners in Kyiv (May 2018)

R&S Quantum works to bring value to Ukrainian-Canadian pilot training partnership

To meet anticipated passenger and fleet growth by 2027, the Asia-Pacific region will need to have added 90,000 new pilots, including 62,000 additional captains, followed by North America (85,000, including 62,000 captains), Europe (50,000, including 32,000 captains) and the Middle East and Africa (30,000, including 20,000 new captains). In Canada, half of the pilots projected to[…]

EVs in India

2030 EV charger trends in India: significant grid capability implications

In December 2017, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers came up with a white paper that stated electric vehicles will constitute 40 % for overall new car sales in India by 2030. SIAM predicted 100 % EV sales in India only by 2047. By 2030, India could see anywhere between 100 and 300 million electric vehicles. 80-85 % of these will[…]