Indications are that without intervention, energy consumption in African cities will double by 2030. Greater efficiency in our cooking, heating and ventilation, industrial processes, building stock is a first step towards meeting the sustainability challenge posed by urban energy demand growth.
This report provides a 'lessons learned' overview of an ESMAP energy efficiency strategy development exercise in Accra, Addis Ababa and Nairobi and includes detailed data and analysis of energy consumption across the three municipalities. (ESMAP and World Bank Group).
Undertaken by REN21, UNIDO and SADC, this report provides a comprehensive regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in recent years within the SADC region.
Energy is the life blood of urban economic activity. It is central to people’s welfare and a functioning urban system. The promotion of adequate and sustainable energy requires specific attention as an indispensable component of shaping a prosperous future for Africa. The local level of government has an increasingly important role to play in shaping the energy supply and demand situation in urban areas. This is the case in Africa as well. The fast rate of urbanization and the lack of capacity in local governments across Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to contribute to a situation of increasingly inadequate energy provision, inefficient energy use and escalating transport congestion and emissions, with associated economic and social problems.
The policy will contribute to achieving ECOWAS development goals in general, and specific goals for the energy sector, notably for energy security and for energy access (as defined in ECOWAS/UEMOA White Paper on Access to Energy Services in Peri-Urban and Rural Areas).