The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has received widespread support for two action-oriented initiatives, Africa Clean Energy Corridor and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – Lighthouses,the Agency presented at Abu Dhabi Ascent, the preparatory meeting for the UN Climate Summit this September in New York. The initiatives are designed to combat man-made climate change by scaling-up renewable energy in Africa and on small islands.
Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said yesterday evening at a ministerial panel on the Africa Clean Energy Corridor;
Renewable energy resources hold the key to reducing carbon emissions. They are abundant, reliable, indigenous, help contain energy prices and meet increasing energy demand sustainability.
The action-oriented discussion focused on renewable power development zones in the Eastern and Southern African power pool countries to cluster renewable plants in areas with high potential, as well as resource planning for greater shares of renewables in the energy mix, new financing models and investment frameworks, and knowledge and capacity building. The panel included John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and the Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change; H.E. Tseliso Mokhosi, Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs, Lesotho; H.E. Salvador Namburete, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Mozambique; H.E. Mutaz Mousa Abdullah, Minister of Electricity, Sudan; Gerald Banaga-Baingi, Principal Energy Officer, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; and H.E. Savior Kasukuwere, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe.
Picture shows participants at IRENA’s ministerial session on its initiative the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (left to right): H.E. John Kufuor; Adnan Z. Amin; H.E. Salvador Namburete; H. E. Tseliso Mokhosi; H.E. Savior Kasukuwere.
Other active participants in the discussion included Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary and the UAE’s Permanent Representative to IRENA; H.E. Mr. Herman Rosa Chávez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador; Mr. Robert Ichord, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State, USA; Mr. Elijah C. Sichone, Executive Secretary, Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa; Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, International Energy and Climate Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; and Etienne Nyembo, Secrétaire General de l’ Energie au Ministère de l’Energie, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This morning’s ministerial session on SIDS – Lighthouses highlighted efforts made by SIDS in the deployment of renewable energy, successful examples, and key areas for countries to focus on. The panel was moderated by Kandeh Yumkella, Chairman of U.N. Energy. Panellists included H.E. Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados; Annick Girardin, State Secretary for Development and Francophonie, France; H.E. Barbara Hendricks, Minister of Environment, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; H.E. Nickolas Steele, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Business, Grenada; Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA; H.E. Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Marshall Islands; H.E. Faameoetauloa Tumaalii, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa; and H.E. Rolph Payet, Minster for Environment and Energy, Seychelles.