African and European experts on energy stressed the importance of the two continents working together towards a successful COP27 during the seventh AEEP Energy Talks on 23 March 2022.
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s (AEEP) Policy Brief ‘Wind Energy: Joining Forces for an African Lift-Off’ explores the main action areas that could unlock Africa’s enormous wind energy potential. By working closely together, Africa and Europe can leverage their existing partnership and secure wind’s contribution to Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030. The AEEP Policy Brief summarises existing data on the status of wind in Africa as well as its potential. It concludes that to secure an enabling environment for wind energy development, Africa and Europe should focus on five core tasks, including, for example, bankable Power Purchase Agreements, enhanced grid infrastructure and continued capacity development.
Africa and Europe are close neighbours and strategic partners who formed a strong partnership over twenty years ago. They were quick in recognising the vital role of energy. Together, Africa and Europe put energy development cooperation on the map. Thanks to their Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the continents created the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), a political platform fully dedicated to energy cooperation. Energy rose to the top of the political agenda, culminating in energy’s prominent place in both the global Agenda 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063. Both visions see energy at the heart of sustainable development as captured in Sustainable Development Goal 7.