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Vienna Energy Forum Side-Event: Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities

Vienna Energy Forum Side-Event: Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities

State 

completed

Date 

10 May, 2017

Country 

Austria

Region 

Europe

Summary

Time: Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 - 11:30 to 13:00
Location: Vienna International Centre, Conference Room 1
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Africa’s urban population is projected to rise from 400 million to 1.34 billion between 2010 and 2050 which represents nearly half of the projected rise in numbers of urban dwellers globally. To date urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa has not, for the most part, been matched with improvement in service delivery and economic growth which hampers development opportunities. At a time when cities are consuming 80% of total energy and releasing 75% of global CO2 emissions, it is clear that the success of the global climate goals largely depends on action in cities.

The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) developed a study on future energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities which analyses the main megatrends that will shape the future of African cities and presents scenarios and policy choices to embark into a more sustainable path of growth. The analysis confirms that there are three main challenges which city administrations in sub-Saharan Africa face in the transition to a sustainable energy supply for urban settlements: informality, capacity and funding. Fostering vertical dialogue between national and municipal governments to allow energy implementation locally, enabling energy action in informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas, proving the contribution that cities can have to achieve national objectives (e.g. NDCs) as well as enhancing the capacity of local authorities to make projects ready for accessing financing, are therefore some of the key action areas needed in order to ensure a climate-resilient development of African cities.

This side-event at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF2017) presented the outcomes of the energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities and coordinated an interactive discussion around the identified key areas for action. Participants specifically explored how various stakeholder groups can enhance the effectiveness of the identified key areas for action and progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the context of African cities. Finally, this session also contributed to enhancing awareness of the role of cities in achieving national and international energy and climate objectives.

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