The development of modern renewables was triggered by the oil crisis in the 1970s to find alternatives for depleting oil reserves. Renewable energy technologies further promised an attractive option for decentralized and small-scale power generation, which is particularly relevant for developing countries. Last but not least, renewables became a landmark in the struggle towards cleaner industries and environmental protection in the industrialized countries.
Today, renewable energies technologies – alongside energy conservation and efficiency - are humanity's key asset to combat global warming. Countries commit themselves to stabilizing and reducing national emissions of greenhouse gases under international treaties (Kyoto Protocol) and carbon markets have emerged. Renewables, being nearly-zero carbon emitters, nowadays establish a point-of-reference for more conventional technologies, which innovate in response.
Since 2005, Eologica has delivered extensive consultancy services to multilaterals under the GEF (Global Environment Facility) focal area Climate Change. Activities range from advice and programme design for national governments, to project monitoring, evaluation, and the provision of technical backstopping. Technologies covered are: wind energy, biomass, small-scale hydropower, and energy efficiency in buildings.