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Africa’s green energy future in the spotlight

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Renewable energy sources will be discussed at the African Energy Week in Cape Town in October and November next year. Image credit: Hippopix

Africa’s green energy future in the spotlight

Africa’s journey towards a green energy future will be in the spotlight at next year’s African Energy Week 2022 (AEW), scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 31 October to 4 November 2022.   

According to NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber, the African Green Dialogue will be led by the private sector to promote discussions about green energy in Africa, marking a significant step in the journey towards the continents energy transition.

“The African Green Initiative is a discussion platform to be launched during the African Green Summit at next year’s edition of African Energy Week. The initiative will precede COP27 and marks a significant step towards Africa’s green energy future as part of the continent’s energy mix,” says Ayuk.

The initiative takes place at a time when there is a significant move into the renewable energy sector in Africa. Energy is regarded as one of the most significant constraints on the current development of the African continent. A balanced, diversified strategy is needed for Africa to ensure a sustainable and effective energy future. Reliable energy will boost many African economies as the continent continues its upward trajectory.

According to Ayuk, Africa can become a hydrogen powerhouse before 2030 by piggybacking on the natural gas industry. Moreover, green hydrogen development could be a game changer across Africa.

“Its success will depend heavily on the use of carbon capture, and utilisation and storage (CCUS) in its early stages to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in line with Africa’s net-zero goals.

Hydrogen, and more importantly, green hydrogen, gives African countries an exciting new tool to build a stronger, more reliable low-emission energy future. Our continent is uniquely positioned to become a dominant global player in this burgeoning new technology,” says Ayuk.

“While the world undergoes a massive overhaul of its energy resources and transitions towards renewables, Africa is well-positioned to exploit its own resources and take significant steps in its journey towards a green energy future, while scaling up project developments and alleviating energy poverty,” adds Ayuk.

“The African Green Dialogue will push our goal, which is to highlight that Africa has the best solutions to its problems; that Africa will alleviate energy poverty on its own terms by the means best aligned with the continent’s strengths. We must embrace all forms of energy, reduce GHG and also think about jobs and opportunities for our young people,” says Ayuk.

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