Climate Justice Pavilion, P119, Delegation Pavilion 5, Area C, Blue Zone
Starting from 4:27:45:
Nafi Chinery, Africa director (interim), Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Zira John Quaghe, African Climate Foundation
Secou Sarr, director, ENDA Energie
Papa Samba Ba, director of hydrocarbons, Senegal Ministry of Oil and Energy
Rebekah Shirley, Africa research director, World Resources Institute (WRI)
The just energy transition partnership (JETP) model opens the possibility of new and additional sources of finance for clean energy transition pathways for African countries (other than South Africa). In contrast to other regions of the world, these African countries need to plan for significant energy expansion – rather than only transition from fossil fuels – both economy-wide and, especially, for people without access to modern energy services. This unique feature raises important implications for just energy transition pathways across the continent, and also helps explain many points of contention and divergence surrounding African energy transition debates. To seize the potential offered by JETP agreements, African and international partners will need to converge around energy transition pathways that support expansion of energy supply and demand. And, for African gas producers, JETPs will also need to offer solutions and alternatives that complement or replace gas within a defined retirement trajectory.
The purpose of this COP27 event was to explore how JETPs might support energy transition pathways that respond to the specific needs and priorities of African country contexts, and to contribute to wider debates about what justice and equity mean for energy transition pathways across the continent. It included brief overviews of recent and relevant analysis from WRI (on African energy transition pathways) and NRGI (on considerations for gas-producing countries) as well as views and perspectives from representatives of African governments, civil society, and communities with a stake in just energy transitions.