LCAW: The Economics of Climate Equity and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa

As part of London Climate Action Week, the African Climate Foundation hosted a webinar titled The Economics of Climate Equity and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa. Our distinguished panel of speakers unpacked alternative pathways for Africa’s transition towards net-zero, what this means for the future of African economies and responses at the nexus of climate and development that have the most value to unlock economic transformation on the continent.

The African Climate Foundation's objective is to inform ongoing debates around a just energy transition in Africa, by surfacing Pan-African perspectives that will inform key policy proposals to strategically positions the continent as a low-carbon investment destination, maximise equity and advances economic transformation to enable African economies to deliver on sustainable development priorities.

This webinar therefore served as a platform to amplify Global-South voices and build solidarity for more integrated and coordinated responses to climate change on the continent. Furthermore, it allowed Africans to navigate and attempt to overcome hurdles to the continent’s ambitions towards the achievement of net-zero targets.

Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are expected to top the agenda at the G7 summit

The Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation, Saliem Fakir, was joined by the CEO of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Elizabeth Sidiropoulos in an interview with Newzroom Afrika. Together, they discussed the significance of the G7 Summit and its outcome as the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change topped the agenda.

Africa day climate dialogue and our strategic framework launch

To celebrate Africa Day, the African Climate Foundation launched its Strategic Framework 2021 – 2025 and hosted an interactive dialogue with its esteemed Advisory Council. Participants reflected on a core set of issues and responses to climate change on the continent, explored points of intersection in their existing work and shared insights on the future trajectory of Africa’s just energy transition.

Future energy conversations with Saliem Fakir and Leila Weideman

Leila Mahomed Weideman, Director of Sustainable Energy Markets, City of Cape Town and Saliem Fakir, Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation unpack energy security and how a secure energy supply we can enable growth and diversify our economy.

As COVID-19 has shown us, our country’s deep structural inequalities are exacerbated by further shocks and we can no longer deny the impact that climate change will bring. Cape Town stands poised to lead with renewable energy deployment in the country, but cannot do it alone. Municipalities and businesses must work together to shift regulations towards a cleaner, more economically viable energy system. Getting citizens onboard is key but the challenge is shifting the conversation from climate science into good decision making.

Foreign policy in uncertain times: what are the options for South Africa?

In recent years, the rules-based system that has governed the global political and economic order since the Second World War has become increasingly fragile. It has been undermined by the contempt that the Trump administration has shown for it, by the rise of more nationalist governments in countries as different as Brazil, the UK, India, Hungary and Turkey, and by tensions between the members of key multilateral blocs like the EU, NATO and BRICS. The result is that the institutions of global governance have become increasing ineffective – as evidenced by, for example, their management of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of the WTO.

This webinar explores some of these questions, with a particular focus on unpacking South Africa’s climate change diplomacy options over the next few years. This event was co-hosted by SAIIA, The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the African Climate Foundation.

Saliem Fakir discusses knowledge systems and knowledge production on the continent

Prior to establishing the ACF, Saliem Fakir served as the Head of the Policy & Futures Unit of WWF South Africa for 11 years. Saliem has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and an Associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at Stellenbosch University. Prior to that he served as Director of the World Conservation Union, South Africa (IUCN-SA) for eight years. Saliem is a prolific writer and contributes regularly to leading South African publications like Engineering News, Business Day and the Daily Maverick.

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