DescriptionAfrica is a diverse continent with a mix of low, middle and high income countries but overall contributes less than 4% to global emissions yet suffers some of the worst consequences of the climate crisis resulting in food insecurity and loss of livelihoods and an estimated loss of between 5% and 15% of its GDP per capita growth annually. The Nairobi Declaration, born out of the recent Africa Climate Summit, recognises 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity – 80% of the global total, while 970 million lack access to clean cooking. Yet despite this, and its abundant natural resources for green energy, only attracts around 2-3% of global annual investments in clean energy.
The inquiry is led by our APPG Co-Chair Lord Jonny Oates in order to bring the experience and narratives of African stakeholders of energy transitions to Westminster to better inform parliamentary debate and policy scrutiny. The inquiry is gathering written and oral evidence to inform the policy report complete with practical policy recommendations for UK Government which will be published Summer 2024.
This is the first of three oral evidence sessions and will focus on energy access and social & environmental justice and begin to explore how the UK could best support countries in Africa in efforts to address energy poverty in a just and inclusive way. In the lead up to COP 28, this session is an opportunity for parliamentarians and observers to hear from key stakeholders on the opportunities, needs, key risks or challenges of the clean energy transition within Africa and explore what a just and inclusive energy transition for African stakeholders means as well as how much capital is needed to fund it.
Lord Jonny Oates
Professor Youba Sokona- Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Dr Basani Baloyi, Climate, Energy and Infrastructure Lead, Institute for Economic Justice South Africa
Coffi Agossou, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, The International Labour Organisation
Amar Inamdar, CEO, KawiSafiVentures Kenya
International Energy Agency- Gianluca Tonolo, Sub-Saharan Africa Statistician
Nasreen Al-Amin, Director and Founder, Surge Africa
Prof. Robert Mattes, Co-Founder, Afrobarometer
Boitumelo Molete, COSATU Social Development Policy Coordinator
Greg Murray, CEO, KOKO Networks
|Period||16 Nov 2023|
|Degree of Recognition||International|