Friends of the Earth Africa recently launched ‘A Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa’. The report, which was launched during a webinar with key climate justice voices demands a complete shift from current ‘dirty’ energy systems to achieve 100% renewable energy in Africa.
The Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa offers a practical and much-needed opportunity to change the trajectory of energy development, distribution, and access on the African continent. The report stresses the urgency to democratise energy systems, reduce the power of transnational corporations and enable peoples and communities to access sufficient energy to live a dignified life.
The plan found that it is technically and financially feasible, with an annual investment requirement of around $130 billion per year. It lays out clear targets for this vision, with over 300GW of new renewable energy by 2030, as agreed by the African Union, and over 2,000GW by 2050.
It also shows that the finance and investment needed to achieve the 100% renewable energy goal can be done through public finance from the global north, ending tax dodging and dropping the debt.
Providing key insights of the report, Dipti Bhatnagar, the coordinator of the Climate Justice and Energy programme for Friends of the Earth (FoE) International, said: “People are facing multiple crises on this continent. We need to stop the climate crisis and bring about a just and feminist energy transition that actually serves the needs of people and the planet.
“This report shows the way to power Africa with renewable energy while also trying to stem the climate crisis, supporting employment, gender justice, reducing inequality and pushing for a just recovery. The finance for this exists. We demand our leaders show the political will for this urgent transition.”
This view was shared by another panellist, Kwami Kpondzo of Friends of the Earth Togo, who said: “It is time for African governments, public and private financial institutions to end their interest and investment in dirty energy in Africa and open the doors further for democratised, low-cost renewable energy accessible to all including women, youth, local communities and indigenous peoples.”
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