COP26 was a “mixed bag” for developing countries, unlocking some much-needed financing mechanisms, even if it fell short in other areas. The issue of financing has been high on the international agenda for many years, as has the gap between promises of aid for climate change adaptation and mitigation and what has actually been delivered.
Coming out of COP26, the evolution of the financing discussion was highlighted by an agreement between the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union (EU) and the Africa to decarbonize the South African energy sector and fund mitigation measures to protect against job losses in the sector.
A just energy transition
As Africa’s largest carbon emitter, South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) agreement will demonstrate that transitioning from a heavily coal-dependent country to a carbon-free country is not only possible , but that it can be done without sacrificing economic growth. .
Enlit Africa keynote sessions [formerly African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa] [7-9 June 2022], will focus on understanding JETP funding options, priorities and roadmap. But more importantly, the discussions broaden the conversation across the continent, asking how funding of this magnitude can be mobilized to support Africa’s energy transition.
It’s all about collaboration
The theme of this year’s event – Collaboration to Accelerate Africa’s Energy Transition – recognizes that collaborative efforts will drive the energy transition. Collaboration between the public sector and the private sector; between utilities, regulators and government; from generation to distribution, from manufacturer to financier to end user – all have a role to play in ensuring that the energy system of tomorrow is sustainable, affordable and achievable.
More broadly, the realities of Africa in transition must be taken into account and carefully planned to avoid a multitude of challenges. These include not increasing the debt burden of African countries in order to meet climate ambitions; and recognition that as the continent that contributes the least to global emissions, Africa is in a unique position to seek significant financial and technical contributions from the international community.
Enlit Africa attendees and exhibitors represent leading energy suppliers, experts and professionals from Africa and around the world, providing an opportunity to network and engage with utilities, municipalities, equipment manufacturers, government, regulators, EPC, developers, financiers and the entire energy ecosystem.
A deep dive into matters of importance
Conference sessions focusing on alternative financing mechanisms and public-private partnerships will address some of the financing issues, while panel discussions will give participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the plethora of climate funds and opportunities for impact investing and to discuss the ever important issue of risk allocation and mitigation.
Generation from traditional and renewable energy will include discussions on efforts to convert existing power generation plants, electrification projects and alternative generation options such as offshore wind and hybrid systems. Participants will also discuss how disruptive renewable energy systems provide an element of security for industrial and commercial businesses across the continent as a way to deal with power outages and unreliable supply.
Trade and industry delegates will have the opportunity to explore the role of energy storage, municipal rollover rates and self-generation. All of these discussions will provide concrete and achievable steps for entities interested in generating their own electricity and explain how energy storage will support the shift to greater renewable energy integration for municipalities, utilities and private generators.
Information on the programme, list of speakers, networking, panel discussions and site visit opportunities can be found by visiting https://www.enlit-africa.com/the-event/Learn/programme
An entire section of the program will be devoted to the role of storage in the electricity sector, including how to integrate battery energy storage systems [BESS] at the municipal level, storage, renewable energies and society; and the role that new generation and storage play in the African mining sector.
Appreciation of technical, financial and logistical opportunities and areas of caution will provide utilities, governments and all players in the electricity sector with the ability to plan an energy transition that meets the objectives of SDG7 and responds nationally determined contributions announced at COP26. Furthermore, it will also pave the way for new business models. Specifically, the conference will focus on developing the hydrogen economy, understanding the development of national hydrogen strategies and the economic structures and pricing that will support it.
Back to the CTICC
Enlit Africa will return to the CTICC in Cape Town with a world-class exhibition, showcasing the latest technologies and services offered in the sector. Known for their engaging content and keynote speakers, the organizers won’t disappoint, with two keynote addresses and most of the content presented in speaking centers on the expo floor. Conference delegates will also enjoy the networking and site visits that the event has popularized for more than two decades. Strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be observed.
Eskom, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the City of Cape Town have been official host partners of the event for many years and 2022 will be no exception.
ESI Africa, the continent’s leading electricity and energy information provider, is the official host publication.
Enlit Africa (formerly African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa) is Africa’s leading exhibition and conference, bringing together the most influential energy and power industry professionals and decision-makers from across the continent for three days relevant and accredited technical and strategic conference seminars, valuable networking opportunities, and access to world-class products and solutions.
Enlit Africa is organized by The Vuka Group (formerly Clarion Events Africa), a leading organizer of digital exhibitions, conferences and events based in Cape Town and multiple award-winning across the continent in the areas of infrastructure, energy, mining, mobility, e-commerce and CX sectors. Other well-known Vuka Group events include DRC Mining Week, Africa Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week, Smarter Mobility Africa, ECOM and CEM Africa.