Future of Renewable Energy in Africa
Day: Monday, 5th of October
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Room: Auditorium 2
Lack of access to a reliable energy supply negatively impacts welfare and health on the continent, places a major burden on African economies and impedes development. Power outages in sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to cost some countries up to 5% of their GDP. Many argue that Africa can leapfrog to renewable energies, as is happening with mobile technology in the telecommunications arena. In addition, obtaining funding for coal power plants is becoming more difficult with the traditional donor agencies withdrawing funding for new coal power plants except in rare circumstances.
However, this has not precluded others stepping into the breach, for example China is funding a 981.5 megawatt coal-fired plant in Kenya. The African Development Bank remains committed to the funding of fossil fuels on the grounds that Africa does not “have the luxury” of ruling out polluting fuels in favour of renewables. African countries are themselves becoming vocal about their intention to use coal for industrialisation.
The proposed side event will look at the energy developments in Africa with a focus on the impact of coal, gas and nuclear development on the scaling up of renewable energy.
Organisers: WWF South Africa and WWF International
Detailed Programme: tbc
List of speakers: tbc