REEEP's Jason Schäffler was at Infrastructure Africa 2014, and moderated a panel on Energy in Africa. Among the key questions being tackled by the group were specific technical challenges of metering systems, and how Africa should deal with braoder issues of energy security.
The fields of climate and development have undergone radical transformations over the past decades as the world has woken up to the perils of climate change. At the same time, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised the way we communicate, bringing many benefits – but also new problems. A field once challenged by the lack of reliable and relevant data is now overwhelmed with oceans of information, pouring in from a multitude of sources inhabiting various corners of the climate development community. Today, the challenge is navigating and making sense of this information, overcoming the "portal proliferation syndrome" of climate web sites.
Africa’s power requirements continue to expand with the rapid economic growth and development throughout the continent driving the need for more widespread and reliable electricity provision. POWER-GEN Africa has quickly established itself as sub-Saharan Africa’s premier and leading event dedicated to the power generation industry, focusing on the current and future trends, needs and resources within this region of the world. The second POWER-GEN Africa will take place in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, on 17-19 March 2014 and will once again provide comprehensive coverage of the power needs, resources, and issues facing the electricity generation industries across sub-Saharan Africa.
As a result of Africa's rapid economic growth and population expansion, over a third of African inhabitants currently live in cities, while the latest projections suggest that this proportion will have risen to 50% by 2030. This rapid urbanisation will require governments to invest in the expansion of housing capacity, better infrastructure, energy and healthcare facilities, ICT services, water management and sanitation.
Dubai is not the unlikeliest of venues for a major international conference on the future of the “green economy”, but it perhaps comes close. Arriving from the air, oil drilling platforms punctuate the darkness of the Persian Gulf like tiny floating candles. The darkness ends at the shores of the United Arab Emirates, where the busiest airport on Earth greets arrivals to one of its most unique metropolises. Dubai is one of the UAE’s two flagship cities, along with the capital, Abu Dhabi, and with over two million inhabitants the country’s largest.
At the occasion of the High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 11-13 February 2014, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Pielbags said:
"Energy is fundamental to development. No energy means no sustainable economic growth, no sustainable agriculture, no quality healthcare; no decent education. In short, no energy means no development. This is why the EU has set itself the goal to help developing countries provide 500 million people with access to sustainable energy services by 2030.”
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in association with Department for International Development, UK (DFID) REEEP as knowledge partner, organized a special event on stakeholder engagement to fast track grid connected projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) on February 5th, during the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS). This event was part of a broader consultation to develop a roadmap for the larger and faster implementation program on solar energy sector, supported by DFID, TERI and REEEP.