Co-hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission in Nairobi, Kenya from September 4th to 6th, the Africa Climate Summit is organized in parallel with the African Climate Week. So, let’s delve into the reasons why this summit is more than just another gathering of leaders.
Ahead of COP 28 in Dubai, the Africa Climate Summit promises to focus on delivering innovative green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the World. From taxing polluting sectors to unleashing Africa’s potential, this summit offers hope, action, and collaboration.
As Kenya proudly assumes the role of hosting the Summit, it stands on the cusp of a great opportunity to emerge as a true champion for ambitious Renewable Energy targets, both within the African continent and on the global stage. With its steadfast commitment to combating climate change and vocal advocacy for sustainable practices, Kenya has already set a commendable example for others to follow. By embracing the potential of Renewable Energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal power, Kenya has not only showcased its environmental stewardship but has also demonstrated the economic viability of transitioning towards cleaner energy alternatives. By leveraging its own success story, Kenya can now inspire and galvanize fellow African nations such as Tanzania and Uganda where the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project will worsen the global climate emergency by generating over 34 million tons of carbon emissions each year, amongst other things. Instead of their governments approving for the construction of a $3.5 billion crude oil pipeline they should be adopting and implementing their own robust Renewable Energy agendas.
There have been active participation in global discussions on how Renewable Energy can catalyze a broader movement towards a cleaner and greener planet, fostering collaboration among nations to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. Through proactive leadership and dedication to sustainable energy solutions, African governments can shape a future where Renewable Energy takes center stage in achieving climate goals both across the continent and around the world.
During the summit, parties are set to deliberate on a variety of issues aimed at addressing the worsening climate crisis and championing “a new climate-compatible vision” for Africa. Among the key outcomes expected from the summit are the African Leaders’ Nairobi Declaration on a Green Growth and climate finance agenda for Africa, a pathway to a new financial deal that includes financial instruments to be delivered by public finance institutions and private financiers and green investment commitments. The declaration and outputs are expected to be presented for consideration at the COP 28 climate talks later in the year.
In the lead up to the summit, African climate activists have expressed concern with the prominence given to dangerous distractions such as fossil gas and carbon markets within the summit’s agenda. They are calling for real and Africa-led climate solutions that not only leverage the continent’s wealth of renewable energy potential but also favorable climate finance mechanisms, to address the multifaceted challenges faced by the continent and facilitate a sustainable and liveable future for communities.
Africa has abundant potential for renewable energy, and that is what we need to push forward by showcasing the ongoing initiatives and solutions unfolding across the region. By collaboratively striving for a common goal, a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels and promoting community-driven, decentralized renewable energy solutions, we can actively pursue climate remedies that are safe, sustainable and advantageous for all.