Conference on Sustainable Energy in Africa: Promoting access to energy for all
EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has today announced that the EU will scale up its commitment to supporting sustainable energy in Africa. As he explained, blending operations (mixing grants and loans) with EU Member States for infrastructure projects in the energy sector in Africa will begin by the end of June.
The initiative is part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) programme, which also earmarked 400 million euros from the EU for energy-related actions through blending in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the blending operations is to help leverage concrete investments in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure ranging from 4 billion euros to 8 billion euros.
The EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce "Sustainable Energy in Africa Conference" will bring together officials from the EU and Africa, with representatives from the African and European private sector, and sustainable energy experts to discuss the current energy challenges in Africa. More than 625 million people in Africa still lack access to modern energy services.