Approximately 600 million or 45% of Africans are without electricity, while a significantly large population lack access to affordable and reliable energy. This impedes the continent’s path towards inclusive growth and industrial development. Addressing the energy access deficit through sustainable and affordable energy technologies is therefore critical for building socio-economic and climate resilience, avoiding future emissions and delivering on countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). While Africa is set to emerge as a key driver of energy demand growth, the extent to which the region can address its energy needs and drive socio-economic and environmental sustainability will depend on how effectively countries utilise their vast energy resources (both renewable and non-renewable).
Informed by this context, the ACF’s Energy Access and Just Transitions Programme has four main portfolios― Coal, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen. While each portfolio targets specific issues, they collectively talk to a broader objective―unlocking alternative energy pathways for Africa through clean technologies. These portfolios are considered through the lens of three cross-cutting themes―just transitions, industrialisation, sustainable finance, trade and geopolitics.
We approach our Energy Transitions and Access work at different levels: establishing country platforms to deliver national energy transition pathways; regional strategies to drive scale in renewable energy and green hydrogen through clean energy corridors; continent-wide mobilisation to shape narratives around clean energy alternatives and global strategies to scale finance.