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13 Feb 2014

Reforming Sectors Key to Spurring Renewable Energy Growth
by AEEP Young Journalists

Delegates at the second High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) underscored the need for African governments to drive reforms in different sectors of development by initiating the dialogue with the private sector, power utilities, nongovernmental organisations, and further relevant groups in order to spur the growth of renewable energy sources. The high representatives stated that reforming development institutions and coordination among different players would hasten the implementation of projects. During the HLM’s “tool box” segment, the delegates observed that education would play a huge role in promoting renewable energies by creating knowledge and awareness.

English, PDF 168 kB

13 Feb 2014

Energy challenges and opportunities facing Europe and Africa in the 21st Century
by AEEP Young Journalists

Many challenges still stand in the way of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP). One of the AEEP’s Second High Level Meeting’s central conclusion is that this does not suffice for sitting down and doing nothing. “Without energy, there will be no health care. No energy, no education. No energy, no jobs. No energy, no clean water. And without these, no development”, H.E. Andris Piebals, the European Union’s Commissioner for Development Cooperation, remarked during the High Level Day of the Meeting held at the Headquarters of the African Union Commission. “We must, therefore, do everything we can to provide sustainable energy to our people. This is why we at the European Commission reaffirmed our commitment to achieving the targets laid out in Vienna in 2010”, he added.

English, PDF 151 kB

13 Feb 2014

Empowering Africa
AEEP-Status Report highlights first achievements and triggers further tasks
by AEEP Young Journalists

Progress in all areas – but there is still more to do. This is the short sum-up of the Status Report of the Africa-EU-Energy Partnership (AEEP) which was published during the 2nd AEEP High Level Meeting, taking place 11-13 February in Addis Ababa. More than 450 participants are gathered at the Headquarters of the African Union to learn about developments in the AEEP.

The report highlights positive trends towards meeting some of the AEEP’s political targets. The renewable energy generation capacity increased steadily and is expected to increase even stronger over the next years. Hydroelectric power capacity rose from 26,752 MW in 2010 to 27,546 MW in 2012. Up to 25 MW are scheduled to be build. Wind power capacity has increased from 1,080 MW in 2010 to 1,192 MW in 2012. Solar capacity has started at a low level of 77 MW in 2010 and has reached 123 MW in 2012.

English, PDF 165 kB
français, PDF 197 kB

12 Feb 2014

Energy experts at AEEP conference: Mini-grid policy toolkit to inform and inspire policy frameworks for investment in mini-grids
by AEEP Young Journalists

Millions of Africans with no access to energy are particularly likely to benefit from mini-grids – a modern energy technology to be installed all over Africa, according to Michael Franz, project manager at the European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF). Heading a side event on the opening day of the AEEP conference, Franz spoke of a policy toolkit developed under the guidance of the EUEI PDF, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), and the Alliance for Rural Electrification, having the potential to shape the future of AEEP member states.

English, PDF 111 kB
français, PDF 196 kB

11 Feb 2014

Energy experts refer to the civil society’s role as being “strategic” for the promotion of renewable energies in Africa
by AEEP Young Journalists

African and European Union energy experts have released a joint statement, describing the role of the civil societies as “strategic” for the implementation of renewable energies, adding that they could speed up the Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s (AEEP) 2020 targets on energy security, energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The AEEP recognises the importance of civil societies in promoting renewable energy in Africa. It aims at mobilising increased financial, technical, and human resources-related support for increasing Africa’s energy supply. It also scales up European and African investments in energy infrastructure and in energy interconnections within Africa and between Africa and the EU.

English, PDF 198 kB
français, PDF 196 kB

8 Feb 2014

Providing Access to Energy for 100 million Africans
Ministers from Africa and EU combatting energy poverty together

Energy poverty is one of the biggest challenges for sustainable development in Africa. While the continent’s energy needs are growing substantially, the available resources are more than sufficient to meet the continent’s demand. Moreover, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change. With its vast and untapped natural resources, Africa is an ideal place to develop innovative technologies and renewable energy solutions. The European Union on the other hand is well-equipped to support capacity development, provide renewable and energy-efficient technologies, and help in enhancing regulatory and investment frameworks.

At the Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, taking place on 12-13 February in Addis Ababa, African and European political and business leaders meet to review successes in the African energy sector and further deepen energy collaboration of the two continents. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is an established framework for energy cooperation between the two continents, offering a platform for dialogue and coordination of joint activities.

16 Jan 2013

Taking the Next Step
Africa and EU are tackling energy challenges together

African and European Ministers, Commissioners, business leaders and more than 400 other high-level delegates will define the priorities for the energy collaboration between the two continents at the Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, coming together 12-13 February 2014 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

In cooperation with

  • Austrian Development Cooperation, Republic of Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Republic of Mauritius
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia