In the third AEEP Energy Champion Conversation we meet Professor Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga who tells us about his extensive work for cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions in Europe and Africa. He also reflects on why the challanges of access to energy and a sustainable energy transition require us to think big.
Bonn, Germany – 4 November, 2021 – The AEEP Forum 2021 Spotlight summarises the key findings from the AEEP Forum on 20 October 2021. The Forum convened more than 500 stakeholders for a half-day virtual event to discuss Africa and Europe’s unique partnership on energy. Speakers highlighted that the African energy transition is an opportunity for the continent with immense potential for job creation, innovation and inclusivity.
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.