AEEP’s Top News Pieces in 2022 Showcase Work Aligning Energy Priorities Between Africa and Europe
Throughout 2022, the Africa – EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) brought the most important news on bilateral energy collaboration for achieving SDG7 in Africa. The AEEP’s work focuses on three action areas: fostering political dialogue, showcasing joint action, and knowledge facilitation. Here are our top news pieces of 2022.
Fostering Political Dialogue
Network and Exchange at the AEEP Forum 2022
“For Africa, a transition to green energy provides the chance to address many growing issues. We are therefore very pleased with our collaboration with the EU in promoting green energy.“
– H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
In September the 2nd instalment of the AEEP Forum took place. During the forum, More than 650 attendees discussed how to realise future energy systems in Africa and Europe that will allow human prosperity in a climate-compatible way. The speakers, exhibitors, and participants represented a wide range of governments, private sector actors, academia and NGOs working on different aspects of the energy transitions in Africa and Europe.
The speakers emphasised the value of an African and European partnership of equals to aid the energy transitions on both continents. Panelist concluded that the partnership between Africa and European must be built on the basis of transparency, equity, and justice. Speakers also highlighted the Global Gateway, and its role in developing financing and de-risking instruments to attract additional investments from the private sector
Key Energy Outcomes from COP27
COP27 in Egypt in November 2022 saw many important energy outcomes relevant for Africa and Europe. We have gathered a list of the thematic days and most relevant events, organised and supported by the AEEP and African and European partners, as well as launches of new projects and initiatives supporting the achievement of SDG7.
Showcasing Joint Action
The EU Global Gateway Opens New Opportunities for Energy Partnerships, Infrastructure and Green Hydrogen
In a three-piece article series for the African Energy Portal (AEP), Johan van den Berg, Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), considers the international climate and energy landscapes, and how the EU’s Global Gateway Strategy can boost the African–European collaboration on energy, infrastructure and green hydrogen.
AEEP Supports the African Energy Commission’s Training of African Energy Experts
The training, organised by the African Energy Commission (AFREC), targeted 18 participants during the week-long course to advance their knowledge on energy data and become future trainers in their respective countries. Upon completion of the training participants will have gained important data collection skills and will be more knowledgeable about data processing at national and regional levels.
AEEP Energy Talks Highlight Key Energy Outcomes from EU-AU Summit and COP27
The 7th and 8th AEEP Energy Talks highlighted joint energy priorities for Africa and Europe. The first AEEP Energy Talks in 2022 convened energy experts to discuss the results of the sixth EU-AU Summit in February. After COP27 in November, the AEEP Energy Talks took the opportunity to look specifically at what the negotiations in Egypt meant for aligning energy priorities in Africa and Europe
Power Futures Lab Courses Train Energy Professionals for Future Action in the Energy Sector
The AEEP supported the fifth instalment of the Power Futures Lab courses designed to enhance participants skills required to strengthen regulatory regimes. The courses targeted African utility and energy industry experts. The five-day hybrid course presented participants with both theoretical and practical tools for dealing with reforms required to ensure African energy markets function sustainably.
African Energy Entrepreneurs Gain Marketing and Financing Skills During Two SACREEE Workshops
In 2022, small and mid-sized African energy entrepreneurs had the opportunity to network and learn best practices on planning and developing renewable energy through two workshops hosted by SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) with the support of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), IRENA, and GIZ.
AEEP Energy Champion Conversation Series
The AEEP Energy Champion Conversations concluded the series of interviews that highlighted the work of inspirational energy experts in Africa and Europe. The final conversations interviewed Rashid Abdallah, Executive Director of the African Energy Commission (AFREC), African Union Commission (AUC) and Olaedo Osoka, Chief Executive Officer (West Africa), Daystar Power Group.