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GWEC and RES4Africa pledge to support sustainable energy in Africa

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and RES4Africa Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support sustainable development for resilient economies and energy systems in Africa.

The two will increase cooperation on renewable energy and climate change in the continent.

They will conduct training programmes (courses, seminars, summer schools), publish thematic publications (technical studies, analyses, reports) and outreach activities (conferences, events, workshops).

The two have recently together on GWEC’s new Africa Wind Energy Handbook which presents policymakers with a step by step guide to building dynamic and sustainable wind energy industries. The handbook is available here.

GWEC acts as a bridge between the wind industry, policymakers and other stakeholders in emerging markets in order to build new thriving wind markets and reach the world’s decarbonisation goals.

Energy sustainability is a hot topic set for discussion at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference. Click here to register to attend or for more information about the event.

RES4Africa supports the deployment of renewable energy solutions in Africa, both large-scale and decentralised, to satisfy local energy needs so that growth can take place in a sustainable way.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “Africa’s energy system needs more renewable energy to support a growing population, increasing urbanisation rates and sky-rocketing power demand and to enable economic growth and investment in key social activities such as education.

He added: “We are thrilled to strengthen our cooperation with RES4Africa through the agreement signed today, and are convinced that through the joint efforts of both organisations, we will be able to get closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 7, providing clean and affordable energy for all in Africa.”

Roberto Vigotti, Secretary-General of RES4Africa Foundation, also commented: “Six months ago RES4Africa was among the founding organisations that launched the GWEC Africa Task Force that, promoting the development of wind and renewables in Africa, aims to end energy poverty and dependence on fossil fuels.

“As RES4Africa Foundation and GWEC share a common vision for sustainable energy development, we now look forward to collaborating with GWEC on a number of projects that will play a part in empowering and transforming Africa”.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.