Climate Change, poverty and Energy – is renewable energy the solution for Africa?
Energy plays a vital role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals through its ability to stimulate economic growth, generate employment, advance educational opportunities, and improve general health and well being. But at the same time, the energy sector is one of the major emitters of Green House Gases (GHG) and consequently a main contributor to climate change. It is estimated that approximately 60 per cent of total current GHG emissions are from the energy sector globally.
Reducing GHG emissions, particularly in the energy sector, remains a key objective in reaching long-term climate goals. Many countries globally are now exploring the potential of renewable energy as an approach of tackling the global climate problem. Africa, endowed with its abundant natural resources, has the opportunity (and challenge) of developing and growing the renewable energy sector not only to meet its sustainable development imperatives, but also to be responsive to the climate change problem.
The Climate Parliament, the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the World Future Council will conduct a capacity building workshop for the members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)on climate change and energy for Africa. We believe the envisioned renewable energy transition cannot take place without the committed legislative and regulatory support of Members of Parliaments. The workshop therefore aims to enhance the capacity of PAP legislators, to catalyse policy action on climate change and renewable energy in their countries and Africa as a whole.
The workshop is envisaged to bring together three subject relevant Pan-African Parliament Committees:
- The committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, Rural Economy and Environment
- The committee on Transport, Industry, Energy, Communication, science and Technology
- The Permanent Committee on Finance and Monetary Affairs
The event takes place at the Pan-African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa, on 15 and 16 August, 2013. If you are interested in hearing more about it, just contact me via Ansgar.Kiene@worldfuturecouncil.org.
Monday, August 5th, 2013