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Day one highlights: Enlit Africa digital event, 26 October

Day one of the Enlit Africa digital event was heavily COP26-focused as the world prepares to meet in Glasgow, Scotland for the UN Climate Change Conference between 30 October and 12 November.

The Enlit Africa digital event looked at climate change from the African perspective, asking what our energy and water systems need should happen at the critical meeting.

During the keynote address, Eskom Group CEO Andre de Ruyter gave an exclusive update on the progress that is being made on the five-point turnaround plan for South Africa’s national utility.

He also spoke about the role of Africa in the energy transition and specifically the role South Africa’s power utility is expected to play. He pointed out Eskom is responsible for a quarter of the continent’s carbon’s emissions: “If we are able to show the way to a cleaner and greener energy future, I think there’s a real opportunity for us to demonstrate that”.

De Ruyter said the role of gas in Africa’s energy transition is an important one, necessary to stabilise the grid.

Later, in the To LNG or not: is that the question session the energy experts reiterated the use of gas as a stabilising force. Energy expert Jarrad Wright went further though and asked the truly pertinent question– do we have time to answer that question? “South Africa needs fresh capacity on our grid right now, whether it is LNG fired or something else,” Wright pointed out, and it could take three to five years to get any sort of gas infrastructure up and running.

But SA Oil and Gas Alliance executive director Adrian Strydom had the last word when he pointed out “the energy transition is a process, not an event” which will take a lot of planning and above all, collaboration.

On the Enlit Africa programme

Announcement of the African Power & Energy Elites 2022 nominees

Is there an oversupply of funding and an undersupply of projects?

  • Lebohang Mosetu, Senior Underwriter, Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa
  • Gregg Wheelwright, Project and Export Finance Specialist, Standard Bank

Future cyber security considerations of the energy sector for Africa

  • Matthew Taljaard, Subject Matter Expert of Operational Technology Cyber Security in Africa, Fortinet

Design principles of utility-connected PV systems

  • Kristopher Sutton, Co-Director: Middle East and Africa, Solar Energy International

Roundtable: Heading to COP26

  • Dr Roland Nkwain Ngam, Programme Manager: Climate Justice and Socio-Ecological Transformation, Rosa Luxemberg Foundation
  • Jessica Stephens, CEO AMDA
  • Patrick Tonui, Head of Policy and Regional Strategy, GOGLA
  • Barbara O’Neill, Grid Integration Manager: NREL, representing the Global Power Systems Consortium

Find out what happened on day two of the digital event

Find out what happened on day three of the digital event

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Follow the latest conversation during the digital event from 26-28 October 2021.