Renewable energy plays a vital role in addressing electricity access issues in Africa. For this purpose, China, with its increasing technology and cost advantages in renewable energy and determination for 3060 goals, its energy investment in this continent should transit towards a more innovative, clean and sustainable path. Piloting “small but smart” renewable energy projects can be a good start.

This initiative is the first high-level public event of the AU-China Energy Partnership since its launch last year, which reflects strong determination and substantial potential of both sides on China-Africa energy cooperation, and it is expected to deliver concrete proposals and actions in the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Focused on improving energy access, this initiative calls for more attention worldwide to Africans without electricity; Take stronger & sustainable actions to promote clean energy development and accelerate energy transition in Africa; Enhance local energy security; Contribute to improving electricity access in Africa based on the principle of promoting DEI. WRI China is a leading supporter of the initiative.

The launch of this initiative will start and encourage more in-depth discussions and cooperations from five key perspectives: Further strengthening Policy Research; Scaling up technical cooperation; Enhancing green finance support; Developing demonstration projects and strengthening environmental protection.