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|| Energizing Sub-Saharan Africa: Cities as an entry point
||The Clean Energy Solutions Center & REN21
- Energy Access
- Renewable Energy
|| 2020/03/25 15:00 CET
|| 2020/03/25 16:00 CET
|| Online Webinar
|| link to the event|
|| The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with REN21, will host this webinar on the status and emerging prospects for renewable energy in sub-Saharan African cities.
To make the change to renewables, cities need to be involved, as energy cuts across the entire urban environment. Cities are large energy consumers; their municipal governments are often operators and owners of municipal infrastructure and have a direct responsibility to provide a healthy and sustainable living environment.
Sub–Saharan Africa is one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions. Current urbanization rates exceed the ability of many local governments to adapt, leading to inadequate infrastructure and large numbers of informal settlements, often called “slums”. Widespread poverty does nothing to help the situation.
A lack of core infrastructure in the region, however, offers a major opportunity to orientate the region’s growth along a more sustainable path. Local governments, with the use of renewable energy, can shape urban growth while simultaneously ensuring energy services are delivered to its populations. However, financial, political and governance problems prevent many cities from investing in local renewable energy, despite the clear benefits of increased access to clean, affordable energy, as well as improved air quality, energy security, and potential job opportunities.
This webinar will discuss the key findings of the recently launched Renewables in Cities Global Status Report (REC) and will detail the challenges and opportunities for renewable energy in sub-Saharan African cities. Discussion points from the webinar will feed into the upcoming 2020 REC report, which will feature renewables in sub-Saharan African cities.