Low-carbon Africa

Leapfrogging to a green future

PAC would like to share the new Christian Aid report which we were pleased to contribute to.

Low Carbon Africa

This report demonstrates the potential Africa has to achieve the win goals of tackling poverty and the threat of climate change by pursuing a low-carbon development pathway. The report argues that it is possible to lift Africa out of energy poverty without increasing Greenhouse Gases emissions.

This Christian Aid report demonstrates that Africa has a big opportunity to transition to a safe and sustainable low-carbon development path and at the same time still expand access to energy services. With the right financial and technological support to rise to the occasion, Africa can be a low-carbon leader.

We present the case for a low-carbon Africa that is able to deliver clean and sustainable energy to millions of energy-poor people across the continent, and to drive a productive green economic expansion for the region to deliver a higher sustainable standard of living well into the future.

This report gives examples of the potential for low-carbon energy in six sub-Saharan African countries: Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria. These countries share common features, such as high levels of energy poverty and dependence on biomass (wood and charcoal) for domestic needs, power shortages, unsustainable dependence on imported fossil fuels and lack of access to finance to invest in energy security. Nigeria and South Africa in particular continue to be bound to economic growth based on unsustainable fossil fuels, with limited plans for reducing this high carbon dependence.

However, all six countries have a huge potential for renewable energy and for improving energy efficiency, and a potential to leapfrog over dirty or unsustainable energy practices and ‘brown’ technology to move towards a green development pathway.

PAC UK contributed to the main report, and PAC East Africa contributed the Kenya case study. 

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