Energy Transition with Renewables in Africa and Globally
Day: Monday, 5th October 2015
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Room: Auditorium 1
In view of global climate change, the general consensus is growing that the world must switch to a sustainable energy system. There has been a rising awareness worldwide that renewable energy and energy efficiency are critical not only for addressing climate change, but also for creating new economic opportunities and for providing energy access to the billions of people still living without modern energy services. Over the past decade, and particularly in recent years, advances in renewable energy technologies, global increases in capacity, and rapid cost reductions have been due largely to policy support. This has attracted significant investment and has further driven down costs through economies of scale. Renewables have become a mainstream energy resource. The penetration and use of both variable and non-variable renewables are increasing, thereby contributing to diversification of the energy mix. As of early 2015, according to REN21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, 164 countries from all around the world have renewable energy targets in place, many of which have engaged in an energy transition path towards renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Questions to be addressed by the session
1. What are the key characteristics of the energy transition happening in your country? Why did you engage in it?
2. Which key players need to be involved to make the energy transition happen?
3. What has to happen to make the shift towards a sustainable energy system happen quicker?
4. How do business models of utilities have to evolve to cope with changing cost and production patterns?
5. What can be done to dynamise the energy transition in the heating & cooling sector?
6. What needs to be done on an international level to advance the global energy transition?
Mr. Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Mr. Wolsey Barnard, Acting Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa
- Ms. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC)
- Mr. Rainer Baake, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany
- Mr. Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
- Ms. Ayanda Nakedi, Senior General Manager: Renewables Business Unit, Eskom, South Africa
- Mr. Yi Yuechun, Deputy Director General, National Energy Administration, China
Closing remarks: Hon Mr. Ephraim Patel, MP, Minister of Economic Development, South Africa (tbc)