Africa-EU
Energy Partnership

AEEP FORUM 2022: Advancing the Green Gateway Between Africa and Europe – Seizing COP27 for energy access and climate stability

Africa and Europe have built an impactful partnership on energy in the last 15 years and continue to work closely together to realise access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The implications of the Russian gas crisis on African and European economies, and the need to redouble efforts to counter the negative impact of climate change, have highlighted the importance of a strong bicontinental connection. To Advance the Green Gateway Between Africa and Europe, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is holding its annual Forum on7 September 2022 to discuss how to jointly achieve bicontinental energy and climate ambitions at COP27 and in the future. Realising SDG 7 in Africa, and contributing to a sustained energy transition in Europe, requiresconcerted efforts across a broad range of stakeholders and alignment of shared priorities on a wide scale.  

TheAEEP Forumwill enable participants toengage on key questions on how to realise future energy systems in Africa and Europe that will allow human prosperity in a climate-compatible way. The half-day event will offer participantstheopportunity to discuss alignment and convergence between Agenda 2063, the Paris Agreement and the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative. Two parallel roundtables will explore ways to secure climate finance and facilitate African-European partnerships on natural and green gases for the energy transitions on both continents, including questions on how to further link African regional infrastructure under the Continental Power System Masterplan (CMP) and African Single Electricity Market (AfSEM).

Seven thematic exchanges will highlight the work being done by African and European institutions and initiatives towards achieving SDG7. Topics include converging bicontinental climate ambitions ahead of COP27, African regulatory frameworks, the potential of renewable hydrogen, and ways for finance and infrastructure to unlock Africa’s green future.

Thetwo continents’collaborationon energyhas shaped and supportedseveralachievements to-date andcontinues to provide a strategic platform for long-term dialogue on the shared priorities of the future. In February 2022, during the sixth AU-EU Summit, African and European leaders committed to a joint vision for a renewed partnership and intensified cooperation to accelerate Africa’s green transition, inter alia in the framework of a new Africa EU Green Energy Initiative. As Egypt prepares to host the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in November 2022, the AEEP offers a uniqueforumto convene important stakeholders who can help make the joint energy and climate ambitions a reality. 

AGENDA

Time CETMinAgenda
09:30
30 min

Pre-Event Browsing/ Thematic Exchanges

10:00
35 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • H.E. Birgitte Markussen, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union
  • H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
10:35
55 min

Alignment and Convergence between Agenda 2063, the Paris Agreement and the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative

Pre-recorded video insertions will be played throughout the panel. Luminaries include:

  • Ms Jennifer Morgan, Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Germany, former Executive Director, Greenpeace International
  • Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Dr Antonio Maria Afonso Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Interactive Panel Discussion

  • Dr Jürgen Zattler, Director-General for International development policy, 2030 Agenda and climate, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Dr Kandeh Yumkella, Co-Chair of the Africa Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy and former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All 
  • Carla Montesi, Director for Green Deal and Digital Agenda, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, DG INTPA, EC 
  • Kamugisha Kazaura, DIE Director, AUC
  • Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21 

Moderator: Christine Mhundwa, Journalist

    11:30
    15 min

    Break

    11:45
    20 min

    Welcome Back and Keynote

    • Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt

    Moderator: Christine Mhundwa, Journalist

    12:05
    60 min

    Advancing the Green Gateway Between Africa and Europe

    Moderated Roundtables

    Two multi-stakeholder roundtables (one in English, one in French) will convene representatives from policy makers, civil society, youth, women, industry, finance and academia to candidly discuss their perspectives on the African energy transition.


    Realising the Future African Energy System: infrastructure development and financing needs.

    English-language Roundtable:

      • Dr Asami Miketa, Senior Programme Officer, Power Sector Investment Planning, IRENA
      • Dr Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Head of Economic Integration Division, AUDA-NEPAD 
      • Dr. Thyrsos Hadjicostas, Team Leader, EU G-TAF Support for Modelling Continental Power System Master Plan (CMP)
      • Ikaba Koyi, Freelance Reporter & Producer at BBC
      • Jesse Scott, Director International Programme, AGORA

    Remote Moderator: Johan van den Berg, Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)


    A people centred energy transition in Africa: Natural gas and green gases within Just Energy Transition Pathways 

    French-language Roundtable:

      • Dr Rabia Ferroukhi, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
      • Rita Madeira, Africa Program Officer, IEA
      • Augustine B Njamnshi, CO Founder and Chair of Political & Technical Affairs of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance , Continental Coordinator of the African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA).
      • Callixte Kambanda, Manager for Energy Policy and Regulation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
      • Mamadou Diakhite, Acting Head of Environmental Sustainability at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

    Remote Moderator: Safiatou Alzouma, former Head of Independent Delivery Unit, Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI)

    13:05
    15 min

    The Climate and Energy Nexus and Road Ahead for Africa and Europe

    Interactive Summary and discussion of the Roundtable Highlights

    • Moderator in Studio: Christine Mhundwa
    • Remote Moderator: Johan van den Berg
    • Remote Moderator: Safiatou Alzouma
    13:20

    Close

    13:30 – Open end

    Post-Event Browsing/Networking


    Thematic Exchanges

    1. Building the Infrastructure for Africa’s Green Future  – AUDA-NEPAD, Africa Renewable Energy initiative (AREI), EU GTAF 
    1. Accelerating Financial Flows on SDG7 to Africa  GET.invest, Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)  
    1. Converging Climate Ambitions Ahead of COP27Egypt & SEforALL 
    1. Preparing the Regulatory Framework for Africa’s Energy Sector– African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR), Power Futures Lab (University of Cape Town), GET.transform 
    1. Acting for the Future: African and European Youth Student Energy, SDG7 Youth Constituency 
    1. Powering the Bi-Continental Energy Future with Renewable Hydrogen – African Hydrogen Partnership, EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance 
    1. Creating a Transformative African School of Regulation by Leveraging Partnership and Learning – Florence School of Regulation, African School of Regulation 

    NETWORKING

    Seven thematic exchanges will highlight the work being done by African and European institutions and initiatives towards achieving SDG7. Topics include converging bicontinental climate ambitions ahead of COP27, African regulatory frameworks, the potential of renewable hydrogen, and ways for finance and infrastructure to unlock Africa’s green future.

    As a registered participant you will also be able to visit 15 booths and connect with like-minded climate and energy experts.  

    Network and Exchange at the AEEP Forum 2022

    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    • H. E. Amani Abou-Zeid

      Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
    • Rana Adib

      Executive Director, REN21
    • Johan van den Berg

      Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership
    • Christine Mhundwa

      Journalist
    • Towela Nyirenda-Jere

      Head of Economic Integration Division, AUDA-NEPAD
    • Hon. Kandeh Yumkella

      Co-Chair of the Africa Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy, former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All
    • Dr Asami Miketa

      Senior Programme Officer, Power Sector Investment Planning, IRENA
    • Callixte Kambanda

      Manager for Energy Policy and Regulation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
    • Dr. Thyrsos Hadjicostas

      Team Leader, EU G-TAF Support for Modelling Continental Power System Master Plan (CMP)
    • Ikaba Koyi

      Freelance Reporter & Producer at BBC
    • Jennifer Morgan

      State Secretary and Special Representative for International Climate Policy, German Federal Foreign Office

      We are excited to have a broad array of informed and inspirational speakers in the event. Be sure to revisit this page as we constantly update the line-up.

      REGISTRATION

      The AEEP Forum enables participants to engage on key questions on the future of energy in Africa and will bring in the varied voices needed for translating this into action. Register today to join the half-day event!

      MEDIA

      Journalists and media representatives are welcome to attend and cover the AEEP Forum on 7 September 2022.

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