AEEP Energy Talks Spotlight: From ACS to COP28: Unlocking Opportunities for a Synergetic Africa-EU Climate and Energy Future
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.