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COP28: CSOs Advocate Swift Energy Transition in Africa

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa has called for a swift 100 percent just energy transition in the continent.

The coalition made the appeal on Tuesday in Dubai during a side event at the ongoing climate change conference COP28: CSOs advocate swift energy transition in African Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The coalition comprised the Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA), Climate Action Network Africa (CAN-Africa), Africa Coal Network (ACN), Hands of Mother Earth (HOME), Africa Working Group against Geoengineering and Environmental Rights Action (ERA).

Discussants at the event noted that the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable was more than ever necessary in Africa due to the climate crisis that is hindering the development of the region.

Leading the conversation, Marina Agortimevor, Coordinator of the ACN, said it was time to consider the huge renewable energy potential of Africa.

If there are barriers to a just transition, she said, it calls for an opportunity to engage in other ways to overcome those barriers.

She regretted that about 600 million Africans lacked access to electricity.

“Some of the barriers that ACN has identified as possible hindrances to the desired transition to 100 percent clean renewables is poor access to finance to speed up the transition.

“But with the operationalization of Loss and Damage Funds here at COP28, and hopes that these funds will be easily accessible by those who need it, will help to reduce this identified gap,” Marina said.

She, however, stressed the need for technology and knowledge transfer to Africans to fill the observable gap in the transition plan.

Sharing a similar sentiment, Safiatou Nana, Regional Coordinator of CAN-Africa, canvassed a decentralized off-grid system for the transition.

This, according to her, will put management of the energy in the hands of the communities who need and use it.
“Collaborations by communities, civil society organizations, and the government, and a good legal framework will be a boost to the move to 100 percent renewables,” she said.

For Ubrei-Joe Maimoni, the Climate Justice and Energy Lead for FoEA, the event host, he called for a spelt-out framework, whose goal is measurable, people-centred, and serves the purpose of the continent with the appropriate budgetary allocations and government support.

This support, he said, must include good political will and the transfer of subsidies from the polluting fossil fuels industry to renewables.

Without these, Maimoni who doubles as the Programme Manager for ERA, said the process would still be a high-hanging fruit process.

“We should not allow this transition to be a renewal of energy colonization, and Africans must be at the center of the pathways to 100 percent renewables.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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