The Recover Better with Sustainable Energy Guide for African Countries
The post-COVID-19 global economic environment will be defined by a prolonged recession and high levels of unemployment as countries worldwide seek to re-ignite their economies. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recovery, governments have a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-set their economies and address the underlying structures that enable development and competitiveness. Leaders with both the vision and political courage needed can help their countries recover better during the economic stimulus that will take place.
In Africa, it is estimated that 565 million people still lack access to electricity. Without electricity, they lack a basic necessity for poverty alleviation and the ability to build resilience to the global health crisis. To achieve universal electricity access in Africa by 2030, we estimate that an annual investment of about USD 29 billion in electricity infrastructure is required, both for on-grid and off-grid access.
There are an estimated 900 million people in Africa without access to solutions for clean cooking. The health impact of cooking with polluting fuels means increased risk of respiratory disease and vulnerability to COVID-19, and increased exposure to the virus through the collection of firewood and other fuels. An annual investment of about USD 2 billion in clean cooking solutions is required.
This sustainable energy guide highlights the opportunities, benefits and enablers that will help leaders guide their countries onto a more sustainable long-term development trajectory. As African countries recover better, they can also lead by example by translating their recovery actions into updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
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