The upcoming Africa Energy Indaba maintains its ongoing strategic partnership with the World Energy Council. Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General & CEO of the World Energy Council, will participate at this year’s event which takes place 3 to 4 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Dr Wilkinson succeeded Dr Christoph Frei to lead the World Energy Council from 1 November last year (2019). She says: “Investment in the energy transition for Africa is not all about finance or technology, it’s really about people – quality access for families, livelihoods, communities, dignity, and a healthy planet. It’s time to rethink investment in energy for humanity.”
The Africa Energy Indaba is the World Energy Council’s regional event for Africa, organised in cooperation with the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA). The World Energy Council will host its Africa Regional Meeting within the broader event. The Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue will also take place this year. As the World Energy Council’s flagship event for Africa, this private, invitation-only forum brings together global and regional energy leaders for strategic discussions on the pressing issues and latest developments facing the African energy industry. It offers a timely opportunity to reflect on the challenges of investing in Africa in the wider context of the global energy transition and the emerging social issues and impacts agenda, while also engaging with the council’s new insights on innovation, integrated policy pathfinding and future scenarios.
As the global energy transition enters a new era of accelerating decarbonisation, closing the basic access gap in Africa – where more than 600 million people do not have access to electricity – is essential but not sufficient. The urgent need to meet the rapidly growing demand for clean, reliable, affordable energy requires investment in infrastructure and skills alongside modernisation of the sector from the ground up.
As an increasing number of governments across Africa place the transition to sustainable energy at the centre of their human development and climate strategies, responsible investment is a key lever. This relates not only to infrastructure and technology but also to people and policy choices – providing the productive access needed by families, local communities, cities and countries to flourish through energy transition.
In collaboration with the World Energy Council, Africa Energy Indaba aims to advance a better understanding of the social issues and impacts of the energy transition, new policy approaches, and a clearer alignment with global financial market imperatives – creating opportunities for responsible investment in quality energy access for all.
According to the council’s World Energy Issues Monitor 2020, Africa – where the majority of the population is under 16 years of age – faces a multitude of challenges, from rapid population growth and urbanisation to energy poverty. But it is also a continent endowed with untapped human capital and significant conventional and renewable energy resources that can be deployed to design more sustainable energy systems, if barriers to trade and regional integration can be overcome. Energy leaders see decentralised systems, digitalisation and trade barriers as the three main critical uncertainties on the continent. Action priorities revolve around economic growth, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s definitive energy event, catalysing investment and business opportunities in the energy sector. It brings together the continent’s energy leaders around an agenda that influences energy policy for Africa. Attended by government ministers and decision makers, it provides a platform from which to define Africa's energy vision for a sustainable energy future in the context of the global energy transition.
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