Energy Partnership

AEEP: Partnering for an African energy transition

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) was launched by African and European Heads of State in 2007 at the AU-EU Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. A central partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the AEEP is the key political platform through which both continents work together on energy. The overall aim of the AEEP is to facilitate the achievement of universal access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy services in Africa, including in rural areas, as a necessity and as a pre-requisite to generating inclusive development and jobs.

  • “Africa is the European Union’s natural partner and neighbour. Together we can build a more prosperous, more peaceful and more sustainable future for all.”

    Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • “Europe is one of our most important and oldest partners and we highly value the partnership we have had, in particular in energy.”

    H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
  • “As we know, access to electricity in African countries is very low. The AEEP can be a tool to liaise between African countries and the EU on this challenge, and Egypt can be a bridge for that.”

    Dr. Mohamed Moussa Omran, First Undersecretary for Research Planning & Authorities’ Follow-up, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy
  • “One of the most important tasks of this Partnership is to promote energy access and to coordinate the different initiatives working on this challenge.”

    Cheikh Bedda, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  • “Peace and security have to be reached through the creation of conditions, implying also the access to energy. In this sense having the opportunity to work with the AEEP is part of a larger strategy of pursuing peace and security in Africa.”

    H.E. Ambassador Sergio Mercuri, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • “There is a rich synergy in the joint pursuance of energy sustainability for Africa and Europe and the AEEP is the perfect vehicle with which to do so.”

    Johan van den Berg, Head of the AEEP Secretariat



    Challenge accepted: Grants available for projects on energy access and green transition in Africa

    Despite the enormous potential of renewable energy in Africa, the continent still faces major challenges to ensure access to energy for all. To meet this challenge, Africa and Europe are joining forces to support the development of sustainable energy solutions, and to accelerate the green transition and energy access in Africa. Significant efforts are being made (including with the support of the European Commission) to address the development of innovative solutions through research and innovation, and to demonstrate the value of these solutions.

    The European research programme Horizon 2020 has opened a call for innovation and demonstration projects in the field of energy. Solutions can address a variety of topics relevant to achieving energy access, generation and storage, or energy efficiency in Africa. Grants of €5-10 million are available. Collaboration between European and African partners in the implementation of the project is an asset. Applications are open until the 26th of January. A virtual information meeting will be held on the 26th of October (09:00 CET / 11:00 EAT) to inform interested researchers, businesses and innovators about the programme and how to apply. Register to participate here.


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    Green Hydrogen: Bridging the Energy Transition in Africa & Europe

    Green – and thus clean and renewable – hydrogen is considered a future complement to other energy sources in order to completely decarbonise our energy system. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) commissioned a research paper to assess the potential of green hydrogen to enable economic growth and job creation on and between the continents. The study provides an overview of state-of-the-art research and connects it with continental policies such as the European Green Deal and Agenda 2063.

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    The Africa-Europe High-level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments

    The High-Level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments (SEI Platform) was launched in 2018 at the African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, serving as of the Task Force Energy under the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs. It addresses the call from the AU-EU Summit of 2017 for greater efforts to establish the right business framework to attract responsible and sustainable investments and to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

    This video was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the producers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.


    The AEEP is supported by its Steering Group: