Africa Discusses Transition to Renewable Energy

by Antonio Pasolini on June 27, 2011

A conference taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, will discuss what African countries need to do to foster the adoption of alternative energy.

The event is organized by the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) and takes place between June 29th and July 1st . It is co-organized by the World Future Council (WFC) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria, with further support from the Energy Commission of Nigeria and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ECREEE.

Expert policy makers, representatives from business and civil society will converge to consult about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energy types in Africa.

The issue of gender is also on the table. The organizers say gender is a main determinant that defines access, ways of utilization, opportunities and control over all energy resources.

“As renewable energy could be a tool for gender equality and women empowerment, gender perspectives are a critical component of policy making at all levels”, the organizers say.

“We want to identify concrete implementation possibilities for the participants,” said Ansgar Kiene, Director Africa Liaison Office of the World Future Council and conference organizer.

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