25th May 2021 - RES4Africa Foundation held the first outreach event of the renewAfrica Initiative in Africa: structured as a working session, the online event “A conversation with Mozambique's energy sector stakeholders” took place today, gathering the most relevant stakeholders of the renewable energy sector of the East-African country.
Organised in collaboration with the Associação Moçambicana de Energias Renováveis (AMER) and the member partners of the Initiative, the working session aimed to present renewAfrica’s approach to Mozambique’s energy stakeholders, showing how it can contribute in strengthening the future development of the country’s green energy sector. The meeting saw the participation of the Ambassador Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar (EU Delegation to Mozambique), Duarte Bello (EDPR), Ricardo Costa Pereira (AMER), Roberto Vigotti (RES4Africa Foundation), Dana Younger (GWEC), Jean-Pierre Sanchez (Siemens Gamesa), Johan Pretorius (Schneider Electric), Carmelo Cocuzza (EIB).
Launched in 2019, renewAfrica is an industry-backed Initiative committed to scale up renewable energy access in Africa to ensure a structural shift towards a low-carbon, more resilient and sustainable economy. Supported by 27 leading industries representing the entire RE value chain, the ultimate goal of the Initiative is to advocate for the creation of a European comprehensive Programme for renewable energy investments in Africa. Such programme would stimulate the creation of a sustainable pipeline of bankable RE projects and greater use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) models.
In October 2020, the Initiative was presented to EVP Timmermans, who confirmed that renewAfrica is in line with the green ambitions of the European Commission and welcomed the work carried out so far as a positive contribution to the EU’s Comprehensive Strategy with Africa. Following the meeting with EVP Timmermans, renewAfrica received confirmation of support also from representatives of DG CLIMA, DG DEVCO (now INTPA) and DG ENER for being able to mobilise a large spectrum of European and African actors.
Now, it’s the turn of Africa: only through equal and trusted partnership with African countries the creation of an enabling environment to unlock Africa’s renewable energy potential will be possible.
“RES4Africa functions as a bridge between Europe and Africa. Working in Africa, for Africa and with Africa, local support is essential for us.” commented Roberto Vigotti, RES4Africa’s Secretary General “renewAfrica Initiative perfectly embodies our multilateral approach. This first event in Mozambique marks an important step in the engagement of the local energy community”.