How can a just energy transition be supported in Africa? Insights, experience and options going forward

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Image: Getty, Alextov

You are invited to a webinar which will explore justice dimensions of the energy transition in Africa – risks and opportunities related to the expansion of renewables and questions around the role of government, private enterprises and civil society.

Renewable energy is rapidly expanding on the African continent. Propelled by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which targets fair and reliable access to clean energy, many African states have introduced renewable energy legislation and policy instruments. Their design, as well as their application and efficiency, vary considerably.  As the energy transition accelerates in Africa and elsewhere in the world, issues related to a just energy transition become ever more urgent. This workshop seeks to facilitate engagement around these issues, building on comparative work on policy and practice in energy transitions in Africa.

The workshop is hosted by SAIIA’s natural resource governance programme, which seeks to support evidence-based policymaking and dialogue on a range of themes including climate, energy, ocean governance, biodiversity and extractive industries governance.

Speakers include:

Olufunso Somorin, African Development Bank
Franziska Müller, University of Hamburg
Manuel Neumann, University of Kassel
Rebekah Shirley, World Resources Institute (Ethiopia office)

Moderator: Alex Benkenstein, SAIIA

14 June 2021
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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Nondumiso Nqunqa
+27 (0)11 339-2021


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