Just Energy Transition & Climate Sustainability

Date:     Wednesday July 13th 2022
Time:     11:00
Mode:   Webinar

OVERVIEW

The climate crisis is growing in intensity and time is a critical element to curb future climate disasters. The impact of climate change is disproportionately high among African countries even though we are the lowest emitters. African countries are spending a substantial amount of resources to cope with the effects of climate change, diverting the limited resources and plunging more citizens into poverty. The Paris Agreement is a global framework on climate change that came into force in November 2016 for countries to act to curb the devastating impact of climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1,5 degrees. The Agreement outlines an ambitious target of a carbon-neutral world by and after 2050. This will mean a commitment to limiting the number of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the levels that trees, soil, and oceans can absorb naturally.

According to the African Development Bank in the African Economic Outlook 2022 a large proportion of historical and current emissions are from developed and emerging economies; the United States, 27 countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and China which accounted for about 70 percent of cumulative carbon emissions between 1850 and 2020. Africa’s share was below 3 percent much of which is attributed to forestry and land use. The Paris Agreement provides for the strengthening of countries’ “ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change” and to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development”. It will require the rich and poor countries to work together. There is need to pursue a just and fair transition defined through the lens of climate justice. Climate Justice goes beyond transitioning from a carbon-intensive development but also focuses on the burden of historical and current carbon emissions. African Countries pursuing a development agenda require sustainable energy provisions for our population, industries, and primary sectors. In developing our abundant energy resources there is a need to strategically adopt a Just energy sector transition to develop more efficient renewable energy resources.

Weaning-off African economies from fossil-fuel-based energy systems will require significant investment and time. We face the following challenges persistent reliance on low-quality traditional energy sources, inequalities between and within countries and regions and capacity constraints. The continent has the resources to make a big impact and open up to a new market opportunities in the global green economy because of our endowments in lithium, graphite, cobalt, nickel, copper, and manganese. We have a competitive advantage in relation to the development of green mineral resources but will need to strengthen local capacity in green technology development.

DISCUSSION AREAS

• What will drive Africa’s Energy Transition?
• Just transition to a low-carbon economy key issues in global climate change negotiations
• Opportunities for South to South Energy Transitions

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Jul 13 2022

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