EU, AU open new page for renewable energy in Africa
9 June, 2017
Within the framework of the European Development Days, on 8 June Neven Mimica, EU commissioner for international cooperation and development, and Alpha Conde, President of Guinea, Chairperson of African Union and Coordinator of the African Renewable Energy Initiative, issued a joint declaration underlying the commitment of both organisations to continue their partnership for renewable energy in Africa. This move will be in line with global efforts to implement Agenda 2030 on the Paris climate change deal, Mimica and Conde confirmed.
On the same day, a joint declaration was signed on sustainable energy between the Commission, France and Guinea, aimed at speeding up the access of Guinean citizens and businesses to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services. Increased investment and capacity through private sector participation will be central in this cooperation.
It will encourage the use of off-grid renewable energy in rural areas. Since the launch of the African Renewable Energy Initiative in the context of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, the EU has supported projects that made it possible more than 18 million households in Africa to have already access to sustainable energy. As a result of the new commitments, this number will increase by 30 million new households. Implementing the objectives of the initiative will stimulate job creation, growth and innovation and will contribute to gender equality and sustainable agriculture and health.