Africa Considers Off-Grid Technologies To Address Energy Crises Meet SDG7 Goal

Africa's energy crisis and how the continent can meet SDG 7

Yemisi Izuora

Off grid technologies and standalone systems are being considered as immediate intervention measures to help Africa address lingering energy crises.

At the recent 2022 SEforALL Forum, Rwandan President Paul Kagame gave his insights on the energy crisis in Africa and how Africa can meet its sustainable development goal 7 (SDG 7).

President Kagame stressed the need to integrate industrial policies with sustainable energy policy if Africa is to power its future industries without necessarily slowing down the continent’s development.

President Kagame stated: “Over the past decade, significant progress has been achieved toward the 7th Sustainable Development Goal on affordable and clean energy for all.

This energy crisis coincides with the threat of climate change, to which our continent is especially vulnerable. Switching to renewable energy is crucial. That is why creating an enabling environment to attract investment in sustainable energy is so important.”

On the energy crisis, he pointed out, more than half a billion people still don’t have access to electricity. “This energy crisis coincides with the threat of climate change. To which our continent is especially vulnerable,” he said.

Kagame also highlighted ways through which Africa can create an enabling environment. First, he said, expanding the use of off-grid technologies, and standalone systems can help bring power to rural communities in Africa more quickly. The data centres that need to be built in Africa to support the growth of information, and technology services are one example he highlighted.

“There needs to be increased financing to developing countries to support climate adaptation, in line with international agreements. Africa cannot carry the burden alone, especially given that its emissions did not create the climate emergency. However, Africa will be part of the solution.” Kagame concluded.

The Forum is a moment for enabling commitments and partnerships for energy, climate and development progress and also seeks to spur investments in universal energy access, efficiency and transition, and to inform and inspire participants into action.

Key moments and announcements emerging from the Forum included: Bloomberg Philanthropies committing $242 million to accelerate the clean energy transition in 10 developing countries, SEforALL launch of the Chilling Prospects research report that identified 1 in 7 people globally are at high risk due to lack of access to cooling and numbers will continue to rise by 2030 without action to achieve universal electrification and end extreme poverty. Source ESI Africa

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