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Global Renewable Alliance Urges Accelerated Action for Energy Transition in Africa

The Global Renewable Alliance has called for accelerated action to drive the energy transition in Africa, emphasizing the continent’s pivotal role in achieving global renewable energy goals.

Speaking at a press conference at the sidelines of the ongoing Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, Global CEO of the Alliance Bruce Douglas highlighted the urgent need for African countries to actively participate in renewable energy initiatives.



He maintained that Africa holds immense potential for renewable energy development and can significantly contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.


Douglas while speaking on the importance of fulfilling commitments made at COP28 to triple global renewable energy capacity and double energy efficiency by 2030, urged world leaders to prioritize investment in renewable energy infrastructure and create supportive policies to facilitate the transition.

He emphasized the necessity of overcoming challenges such as slow permitting processes, insecure supply chains, and inadequate grid infrastructure that hinder renewable energy deployment in Africa.

Bruce also called for concerted efforts to address these barriers and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies across the continent.

CEO, Global Renewable Alliance Bruce Douglass addressing the press Credits: GRA Media Unit

He said the Alliance has launched a campaign calling for action to mobilise $10 trillion in public-private investments and establish policy frameworks paving the way to reach 11,000GW of renewables by the end of this decade.

With the launch of the “Time 4 Action” campaign, the Alliance according to him aims to mobilize stakeholders and resources to drive tangible progress in Africa’s energy transition.

“There is no energy transition without action.World leaders have committed to the tripling goal and now it’s time to deliver.

“Scaling renewables by three times globally now means taking collective action to steer the world onto a 1.5°C pathway; and deliver affordable energy access, clean air and high quality jobs.

“Action should also be taken to redirect financial resources to renewables, primarily in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs), and to achieve a worldwide energy transition that delivers a secure, clean and just future.

“These actions can be amplified and accelerated by working collaboratively with our partners and key decision makers, according to the Global Renewables Alliance.

The German government target of reaching 80% renewable energy by 2030 is a great example of leadership and collaboration in action and should be applauded,” he said.

By fostering collaboration and innovation, the Alliance seeks to empower African nations to transition to clean and sustainable energy sources, thereby contributing to a greener and more resilient future for the continent and the world.

“De-risking renewable investments, especially in emerging economies, is now a crucial step to delivering on the global target.

“The global south is where we must see massive upscaling of renewables deployment in order for the energy transition to be just and equitable; and it needs to happen now,’ he said.


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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