The East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the EAC Secretariat, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Sustainable Energy For All (SEforALL) and the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda, is organizing the First Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa (SEF-EA 2018) from the 19th to the 21st of March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme for the Forum is ‘Fostering Socio-economic Transformation in the East African Region through Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy for All”.
The EAC Region is the second largest single regional market in Africa and economically one of the fastest growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average GDP growth of 6.2% per annum, well above the sub-Saharan average. This is accompanied by population growth and urbanization. These phenomena are magnifying the energy challenges of the EAC region. Increasing demands to electrify and to provide access to modern energy services are stretching the present utilized energy resources. Hence, the region faces an energy situation which is characterized by a high reliance on solid biomass for cooking and heating, low electrification rates and increasing demand for transportation fuel. In addition, the situation is heavily dependent on policy makers’ focus on the power sector to improve electrification rates.
The importance of access to energy for poverty reduction has been given a global context in the COP23 in Bonn. East African village examples were showcased in the conference to show how Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development Goals (LEDS) can promote energy access solutions, thus improving livelihoods of the poor. Climate negotiators in the conference will be developing the ‘Paris Rulebook’, which seeks to translate the vision of the Paris Agreement on climate change into action. Not only will this facilitate sustainable development in the East African region, but also in a global context.
Hence, the Sustainable Energy Forum will discuss the region’s energy opportunities and ways to effectively address the energy challenges. The three day programme will serve as a platform to discuss methods to remove the existing barriers that limit the availability of reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services.
The Forum will bring together relevant stakeholders to enable discussions on the strategies to harmonize renewable energy and efficient energy (RE & EE) policies, to upscale financing in RE & EE projects and technologies, to exchange knowledge and experiences, and to inform about regional programmes. Furthermore, it will entail a workshop on sustainable cities, the geothermal potential and projects in East Africa, and on gender mainstreaming in energy access. It will bring together policy makers, experts, civil society and private sector representatives and development partners to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and find solutions to the energy challenges in East Africa. In addition, it seeks to strengthen the regional network and provide a platform for knowledge- and experience sharing.
The Forum shall provide the key ingredients for successful scaling-up renewable energy and energy efficiency interventions, due to effective knowledge management and capacity building, ensuring that all stakeholders can take informed decisions on the design and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies or projects to enhance universal access to energy in the EAC region.
For more information and registration procedure, please visit the Forum Website: https://sef-ea2018.b2match.io