Target 2030: Reinforcing the Africa-Europe Energy Partnership

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Target 2030: Reinforcing the Africa-Europe Energy Partnership


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The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, the Africa-Europe Foundation is engaging with a host of diverse voices from youth leaders, its network, partners, and key stakeholder from both continents on the long-term vision to shape a common pathway by 2030. Looking at the diverging and converging issues at the heart of this established cooperation, the Africa Europe Foundation’s goal is to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue, catalyse partnerships and unlock new opportunities that can transform Africa-Europe relations into action.

As part of COP 26, the Africa-Europe Foundation in partnership with the African Climate Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All will be hosted by the South-African and SDG 7 Pavilions. Our side events will focus on strategically positioning the two continents on the international stage, hearing from an intergenerational panel of key voices to share their views on how to empower and accelerate the impact and reach of this partnership in the lead up to the Africa-Europe Summit, crucially looking ahead to COP 27 in Africa. These high-level debates will offer a platform to civil society, business, governments, and emerging young leaders to exchange ideas and start working together to drive climate action and ensure human and economic development are encompassed on our road to COP 27 in Africa.



Target 2030: Reinforcing the Africa-Europe Energy Partnership Expand Target 2030: Reinforcing the Africa-Europe Energy Partnership

COP 26 is a make-or-break milestone for global climate and energy action. The moment presents a unique opportunity to accelerate efforts towards 2030 and integrate shared efforts to open a new chapter of the Africa-Europe energy partnership, especially through an innovative Africa-Europe Climate Alliance. It is time to build a new foundation for Africa-Europe relations and reinforcing our energy partnership should be a central plank for this. Now is the time to reboot political and financial leadership for delivering energy access and clean cooking solutions, and to improve the regulatory environment to offer investors a long-term credible policy framework. Both Africa and Europe also share a strong common interest in research and technology development to ensure grid stability in terms of base-load generation and distribution, as well as a big expansion in capacity to enable widespread electrification, facilitate the intake of renewables, and the deployment of off-grid solutions.

Questions will include:

  • How can government, business and civil society across Africa and Europe work together throughout this last Decade of Action to achieve the SDG 7 and advance a common agenda in the leadup of the Africa-Europe Summit and COP 27?
  • What are the difficulties and potential obstacles in attracting investments to accelerate the race to universal access to energy in Africa and towards net-zero in Europe?
  • How can Africa and Europe work together and develop country-to-country partnership to achieve ambitious climate and energy targets?

Confirmed speakers include

Kandeh Yumkella

Co-Chair of the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy, Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone, and former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) and Director-General of UNIDO

Magdalena Kouneva

Member of the Africa Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy and Independent Expert Working on Innovative Climate and Green Finance Instruments

Tariye Gbadegesin

Managing Director and CEO of ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment LTD

Sébastien Treyer

Executive Director at the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Johan van den Berg

Head of Secretariat at the Africa EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)



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