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Capacitating Joint Action Integrated Dialogue

The Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, in September 2023, set the stage for discussions at COP28 in the UAE. The 12th AEEP Energy Talks on 8 November highlighted the road from ACS to COP28. The webinar underlined the challenges in private financing, the role of green hydrogen, and the importance of trust-building between Africa and Europe. Key conclusions stressed the urgent need for sustainable solutions in clean cooking and reliable electricity in Africa. Trust-building relies on tangible actions, proven progress, and the effectivity of EU initiatives in Africa. Africa’s potential as a key player in renewable energy, particularly green hydrogen, was emphasised, with recommendations to incentivise and reward investments. Lastly, speakers urged Africa to maintain high ambitions as a driving force for progress leading up to COP28.

Evidence and Knowledge Integrated Dialogue
On 4 September 2023, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership hosted the third edition of the AEEP Forum at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi. The AEEP Forum 2023 highlighted collaboration between Africa and the EU in developing environmentally friendly energy systems and achieving SDG7. Discussions focused on the contribution of renewable energy to inclusive economic growth, adaptable energy systems, public-private partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring access to green energy. Successful joint initiatives like AfSEM and CMP were mentioned as examples of projects where Africa and Europe are already working together for sustainable access to energy for all in Africa.

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Showcasing Joint Action
The 10th edition of the AEEP Energy Talks, on 3 May 2023, organised by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), focused on the utilisation of renewable hydrogen for decarbonising value chains and promoting development in Africa and the EU. The event explored the potential of renewable hydrogen in transforming the energy sector, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges associated with its production and distribution.

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Showcasing Joint Action
Bonn, Germany – 21 February 2023 – The Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s second annual European Financial Flows on SDG7 to Africa report continues an investigation into European and other financial flows to Africa. The first report covered the period of 2014-2019, while this edition covers 2014-2020 and assesses the progress made towards achieving the SDG7 objective of providing access to cost-effective, dependable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

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Thriving Political Dialogue

The 27th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) dubbed as the African COP, held from 06 until 20 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It offered a stage for climate and energy actors, along with the government officials, non-government organisations, and world leaders to address and showcase global climate action and reaffirm their commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

On 06 December 2022, AEEP convened the 8th Energy Talks where panelists discussed the key energy outcomes from the COP27 and the opportunities they bring to recalibrate the energy partnership between Africa and Europe towards accelerated implementation.

The panel featured representatives from European Commission (EC), African Union Commission (AUC), IRENA, African Climate Foundation (ACF), REN21, Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) and Senegal.

The AEEP is supported by its Steering Group: