World Bank appoints clean energy "czar"

* Second big World Bank hire in sector in recent months

* Bank has been criticized for recent coal plant loan

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (BestGrowthStock) – The World Bank on Thursday
said it has appointed a California professor to lead its
efforts to foster growth of alternative energy programs in
developing countries.

Daniel Kammen, an energy professor at the University of
California, Berkeley, will be chief technical specialist for
renewable energy and energy efficiency, the bank said.

The position was created amid unprecedented demand from
developing countries for support to address development and
climate change as interlinked challenges, the bank said.

Responsibilities of the job include responding to the
hurdles in providing energy to the 1.5 billion people in the
world who do not have access to clean, reliable and affordable
energy services, the bank said said.

“More than ever, our clients and countries are looking for
solutions as they put in place economic growth and poverty
reduction policies for their citizens today while taking into
account the needs of the planet tomorrow,” said Inger Andersen,
World Bank vice president for sustainable development

Some have criticized the bank recently for providing loans
for fossil-fuel powered plants such as a $3.75 billion loan for
a coal-fired plant being developed by South African state
utility Eskom.

The United States, the Netherlands and Britain, all major
donors to the World Bank, said in April they abstained from
supporting the loan due to environmental and other reasons.

The bank is beefing up its climate and alternative energy
staff as it supports action to limit deforestation and offers
financing to start projects designed to cut greenhouse gas
emissions.

In June, the bank hired the UK national Andrew Steer for
the new job of special envoy on climate change. Steer oversees
more than $6 billion in projects in the bank’s Climate
Investment Funds to fight the worst effects of global warming.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by David Gregorio)

World Bank appoints clean energy "czar"