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There is an exam question that parliamentarians all over the world must answer: What are you doing to ensure that local energy resources in the developing world enable the population to access energy for creating jobs and food security so that instability is avoided?
To realize Africa’s vast potential, we must ensure there is adequate investment and infrastructure development to support renewable energy. In the coming years, this means urgently overcoming the structural barriers across three priorities: infrastructure, policy, and institutional capabilities.
Fossil fuel consumption subsidies worldwide soared in 2022, rising above USD 1 trillion for the first time. Subsidies exert significant fiscal pressures, leading to higher increased taxation, elevated borrowing, reduced public expenditure. Here is a list of African countries that removed fuel subsidies between 2022 and 2023.
China’s generous investments in African renewables reflect several motivations. Despite challenges, China’s renewable energy investments represent a vital lifeline for African countries seeking to grow their economies sustainably and leapfrog fossil fuel-dependent development.
The call for a green revolution is no longer a distant echo; it’s the resounding demand of the present. Much like an artisan weaver poised before a complex loom, the world faces the task of crafting a grand tapestry of sustainability.
With or without the encouragement of government policy, families and businesses are choosing off-grid solar in the face of an unreliable grid. According to the World Bank, the number of so-called minigrids, meaning solar systems that support a cluster of homes or businesses, has grown from 500 in Africa in 2000 to 3,000 today.
The World Bank has warned that the power systems in Africa and other developing countries will not comfortably sustain the rise in demand caused by increased uptake of electric vehicles. Offsetting the increased demand will require increased generation, which Africa and other developing countries may not have the capacity to.
The world’s poorest countries, mostly in Africa, are effectively priced out of the action by a global lending system that considers them too risky for investment. Only 2 percent of global investment in renewable energy has been in Africa, where nearly a billion people have little or no access to electricity.
Many African countries are favourably positioned to take advantage of solar energy, but relatively few have made much of an impact in this sector. With the clean energy transition underway, Africa is looking to rapidly expand its use of solar energy and other renewables.

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