The potential of elephant grass as fuel
In the fight against climate change, some see potential in elephant grass as a clean fuel.
In the fight against climate change, some see potential in elephant grass as a clean fuel. Stefano Romano is chief executive of NextFuel, a Swedish company which turns elephant grass into fuel briquettes, and explains the idea. Professor Araya Asfaw is a sustainable energy specialist at Addis Ababa University, and considers whether power plants in Africa could switch to being fueled with elephant grass. And we hear from Susanna Barth of Ireland's Agriculture and Food Development Agency whether the idea has potential in Ireland, where it's estimated a third of the county's electricity generation needs could be met by planting 10% of arable land with elephant grass. Also in the programme, Germany has narrowly avoided falling into recession. The BBC's Damien McGuinness has taken a walk down a busy shopping street in Berlin to gauge the health of the German economy. Plus, gender equality group The Fawcett Society is calling for women to have the right to know what male counterparts are earning if they suspect pay discrimination. Dr Zara Nanu is chief executive of consultancy Gapsquare, and explains how her firm uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help clients find and reduce their pay gaps.