AU adopts Common African Position on Energy Access

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The African Union Executive Council has adopted the African Common Position on Energy Access and Just Transition as a comprehensive approach that charts the continent’s energy development pathways in the short, medium and long term.

It is about accelerating universal access to energy and the transition without compromising development imperatives.

The African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with other pan-African institutions, adopted the common position during the mid-year AU coordination meeting on the sidelines of the 41st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council in Lusaka, Zambia, July 15, 2022.

The common position states that Africa will continue to deploy all forms of its abundant energy resources, including renewable and non-renewable energy, to meet energy demand, a copy of the document made available to the agency said. Ghana press office in Tema.

According to the agreement on the common position, natural gas, green and low-carbon hydrogen and nuclear energy should play a crucial role in expanding access to modern energy in the short and short term. medium term while improving long-term renewable energy adoption for low carbon and climate resilient pathways.

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, described the adoption of the common position as “a big step forward”.

He said, “This is an important and major step forward towards securing and confirming Africa’s right to follow a differentiated path towards the goal of universal energy access, ensure the energy security of our continent and strengthen its resilience, while acting responsibly towards our planet by improving the energy mix.

Dr. Abou-Zeid stressed that this is a timely step to achieve favorable outcomes and tangible investments in energy and infrastructure during COP 27 to be held in November 2022 in Sharm El Shiekh, in Egypt.

He said access to energy was currently low in Africa compared to other regions, with more than 600 million Africans living without electricity services while 900 million lack access to facilities. clean cooking.

Dr Abou-Zeid stressed that the African Common Position encouraged finding a balance between ensuring access to electricity to catalyze much-needed socio-economic growth in Africa and smooth transition to a fuel-based energy system. renewable and clean energy sources corresponding to the ambitions of Agenda 2063.

He said the African Union attached great importance to the implementation of ambitious energy goals aimed at building resilient energy infrastructure on the continent.

He therefore called on stakeholders to support initiatives such as the Single African Energy Market (AfSEM), the Continental Power System Master Plan (CMP) and the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).

“I urge stakeholders and potential public and private investors to accept and support Africa’s Common Position for Energy Access and Just Transition and support Africa’s various energy security initiatives. African Union needed to develop technical and financial instruments and packages to accelerate Africa’s right to universal access to affordable and reliable electricity,” Dr. Abou-Zeid said.

Dr. Abou-Zeid also called for mobilizing adequate financing, accelerating regional integration to create large markets for energy development, undermining harmonization policies and regulatory frameworks.

He also encouraged technology transfer and capacity building which, he said, are among the pillars for the implementation of the common position to accelerate access to energy and the just transition on the continent.

Source: GNA

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