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Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities Unlocking Opportunities for Climate Responsive Development

Africa’s urban population is projected to rise from 400 million to 1.34 billion between 2010 and 2050 which represents nearly half of the projected rise in numbers of urban dwellers globally. To date urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa has not, for the most part, been matched with improvement in service delivery and economic growth which hampers development opportunities. At a time when cities are consuming 80% of total energy and releasing 75% of global CO2 emissions, it is clear that the success of the global climate goals largely depends on action in cities.

The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) developed a study on future energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities which analyses the main megatrends that will shape the future of African cities and presents scenarios and policy choices to embark into a more sustainable path of growth. Read the full text study and analysis:

Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities: Unlocking Opportunities for Climate Responsive Development

The analysis confirms that there are three main challenges which city administrations in sub-Saharan Africa face in the transition to a sustainable energy supply for urban settlements: informality, capacity and funding. Fostering vertical dialogue between national and municipal governments to allow energy implementation locally, enabling energy action in informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas, proving the contribution that cities can have to achieve national objectives (e.g. NDCs) as well as enhancing the capacity of local authorities to make projects ready for accessing financing, are therefore some of the key action areas needed in order to ensure a climate-resilient development of African cities.

This side-event at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF2017) will present the outcomes of the energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities and coordinate an interactive discussion around the identified key areas for action. Participants will specifically explore how various stakeholder groups can enhance the effectiveness of the identified key areas for action and progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the context of African cities. Finally, this session will also contribute to enhancing awareness of the role of cities in achieving national and international energy and climate objectives.

To attend the event, please register via the VEF2017 website before the 08 May 2017.

Vienna Energy Forum Side-Event: Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities

On the occasion of the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, UNIDO and the EUEI PDF will hold a side-event, entitled “Clean energy for migrants and vulnerable groups”.
The session will examine the links between energy, development and migration, bringing together perspectives from policy makers, practitioners and the international community. Panellists will explore the possibilities of new and innovative mechanisms for meeting the energy needs of migrants, refugees, and vulnerable groups on a sustainable basis to help ensure that they are able to sustain their daily lives as well as prepare for a better future.
The side-event builds on the key outcomes of the Brussels Discussion Forum held in January 2017 by the EUEI PDF, and will see the launch of the EUEI PDF working paper “The role of sustainable energy access in the migration debate”.
For more information about the event, visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@Energy4Dev).
If you are interested in energy development in African cities, we invite you to attend our second Vienna Energy Forum side-event on 10 May: “Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities”.