National Geographic : 2012 Jul
THE GREAT ENERGY CHALLENGE GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT A PANEL OF ADVISORS HELPS GUIDE THE GREAT ENERGY CHALLENGE by identifying and providing support for projects that focus on innovative energy solutions. The aim is to highlight local projects that have potential to expand to regional or global scale. THOMAS E. LOVEJOY, Advisory Team Chair, is a conservation fellow at the National Geographic Society and chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee. He is known for his work on biodiversity, and his innovations include the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and the public television series Nature. SALLY M. BENSON, a leading expert in low-carbon energy supply, directs the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. She is a research professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth Sciences. JOSÉ GOLDEMBERG, the former environ- ment minister in Brazil, helped guide that country's effort to replace much of its oil consumption with sugarcane ethanol. He is a professor at the University of São Paulo. DANIEL KAMMEN is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy and the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of Cali- fornia, Berkeley. He is a Contributing Lead Author for the IPCC and in 2010-11 was the Inaugural Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the World Bank Group. AMORY LOVINS cofounded and chairs Rocky Mountain Institute--- an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit "think-and-do tank" that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. RAJENDRA K. PACHAURI chairs the Nobel Prize--winning Intergovern- mental Panel on Climate Change. He is director-general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), renowned for its work in energy, the environment, forestry, biotech- nology, and conservation. ECOLEÑA GUATEMALA The Legacy Project provides training, technology, and media services for biomass fuel briquette production, environmental conservation, and income generation throughout the world. With the support of the Great Energy Challenge, the group is combating deforestation in Guatemala by helping to substitute fuel wood and charcoal with hollow-core biomass briquettes (EcoLeña Guatemala). The project will establish a self-sustaining, income-generating network of briquette producers, trainers, and equipment suppliers in Guatemala. Because of their technical simplicity and economic viability, fuel briquettes may outcompete the existing fuel wood supply, which directly or indirectly accounts for more than half of Guatemala's deforestation. The Legacy Foundation's important work will help ensure cleaner air within homes, improve the economic situation of participants, and protect forests in Guatemala and 45 other countries on our shared planet. A MESSAGE FROM SHELL Peter Voser, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell "Energy is vital to our daily life. As the engine of our economy and growth, it powers our homes, factories, and cities and provides millions of people with jobs. As the global population rises, more people are moving out of poverty and gaining access to energy. All sources will be needed to meet growing needs in a sustainable way. Everyone has a part to play." Go to GREATENERGYCHALLENGE.COM to learn more about and contribute to the world's energy solutions. (from left to right clockwise) Photo One: Teresa Imul Us--- The future of EcoLeña. Photo Two: EcoLeña producers learning about a bio-diesel powered molina/grinder. Photo Three: Sacapulas EcoLeña producers preparing materials. Photographs by Joyce Stanley.