Africa to get Energy Efficiency Hub

THE African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to launch the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub initiative according to Donald Kaberuka, the Bank’s President.

Kaberuka revealed the intended launch during the first Advisory Board Meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, saying the launch will take place at the end of May in Marrakech, Morocco during the AfDB’s Annual Meeting.

The Initiative has three main goals, which are set to be completed by 2030:

1. To ensure universal access to modern energy services, in particular access electricity services.

2. To double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

3. To double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The initiative has gained substantial political momentum with the UN General Assembly having declared in December 2012 a decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

The initiative is also at the forefront of advocating the inclusion of energy in the post-2015 process in view of the enabling role of energy for sectors such as health, agriculture, water, education, and women’s rights. To date, some 41 African countries have joined the initiative.

Kaberuka insisted on the importance of the role of the initiative on the continent: “In order to maintain the momentum in Africa, we need now to shift decisively to concrete actions on the ground, we need to communicate clearly the initiative’s value proposition and quickly demonstrate with concrete success stories that SE4All is not just another initiative, but truly a game changer for Africa. The Africa Hub is ready to play a key role in facilitating coordination amongst stakeholders and to realize synergies and avoid overlap”.

Picture of Pavillion in den Menaragärten, Marakech by Acp (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday 26th April 2013

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