Africa and Europe have built an impactful partnership on energy in the last 15 years and continue to work closely together to realise access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The implications of the Russian gas crisis on African and European economies, and the need to redouble efforts to counter the negative impact of climate change, have highlighted the importance of a strong bicontinental connection. To Advance the Green Gateway Between Africa and Europe, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is holding its annual Forum on 7 September 2022 to discuss how to jointly achieve bicontinental energy and climate ambitions at COP27 and in the future. Realising SDG 7 in Africa, and contributing to a sustained energy transition in Europe, requires concerted efforts across a broad range of stakeholders and alignment of shared priorities on a wide scale.
Africa and Europe have built a strong partnership on energy over the past 15 years and work closely together to realise access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. To further align on the shared priorities between both continents, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will convene the second edition of the AEEP Forum, on 7 September 2022, to discuss “Advancing the Green Gateway Between Africa and Europe – The climate-energy nexus and road ahead”.
The half-day event will bring together key stakeholders from the energy and climate sectors to discuss converging bicontinental energy ambitions through COP27 and beyond. After opening remarks by H.E. Birgitte Markussen, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union and H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission, an interactive panel will examine how to tie together the ambitions of the Agenda 2063, the Paris Agreement, and the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative. Panellists include Kandeh Yumkella, Co-Chair of the Africa Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy and former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Glenn Pearce-Oroz, Director of International Relations and Special Projects, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21.