Accelerating Decarbonization of Africa’s Energy System: A Blue Economy Perspective

November 25, 2021

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) aims to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” Improving access to affordable and clean energy for all, while reducing GHG emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector, remains on the front burner of the global energy transition debate. In the context of how the interplay between policy and markets has been a major driver of the global energy transition, competitiveness, trade and productivity performance of energy economic systems are key issues in the sustainability debate. Tackling climate change to transition towards a global low-carbon economy remains an urgent and important policy priority for the international community. Africa is not an exception. The inequitable impacts of climate change on African countries due to low preparedness and adaptive and response capacity at the institutional and community levels are well documented. As such, to the extent that the blue economy remains vital to the future prosperity of lives and livelihoods on the continent, the deployment of climate resilient models and innovative approaches in coastal regions and marine activities are key to achieving sustainable outcomes.


Prof. Pierre-Olivier Pineau
Chair in Energy Sector Management, HEC Montréal, Canada
Jean-Paul Adam
Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
Prof. Leila Dagher
Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut and Economic Adviser to the Minister of Economy in Lebanon


Prof. Fred Olayele​
President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa


The event is by invitation only. For any questions on participation or collaboration, please send us an email: info@ecnnovateafrica.org


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