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Napo: Energy transition must not be at expense of Africa

The energy minister also debunked some assertions that Africa is opposed to the global energy transition because it is now ready to also pollute the environment through a massive industrialisation drive

The Minister of Energy Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has criticised developed countries for failing to adequately fund green energy technologies in Africa.

Opoku Prempeh also hit hard on efforts to prevent some emerging Africa oil and gas producing countries, from pursuing their development in the name of energy transition.

Speaking at a session at the ongoing Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Opoku Prempeh said the quest for energy transition must not be at the expense of Africa, adding that such initiative must be done in a manner which is right, fair and equitable.

“Africa doesn’t require pollution to develop; instead, we want access to clean, dependable, and affordable electricity, but funding for this must come from somewhere,” he said.

“Therefore, if carbon capture technology exists, Angola, Egypt, and Nigeria must use it to make their oil fields environmentally friendly and sustainable. Don’t tell Angola, Tanzania, or Senegal that they have discovered fresh gas to keep it in the ground.”

He added “Africa wants to be a part of any transformation, and any transition must be right, fair, and equitable, not at the expense of Africa.”

The energy minister also debunked assertions that Africa is opposed to the global energy transition because it is now ready to also pollute the environment through a massive industrialization drive.

He further called for a united front to be able to transit at the continent’s own pace without much societal disturbances.

“Thirty-five of the fifty nations affected by the climate change phenomena are on the African continent, where people are aware of the effects of terrible weather and also experience the greatest energy poverty and energy prices in the world.”

“Women, in particular, suffer health effects from cooking with bad fuels, but they do so for a living. It would be wrong for any country to tell Africans they cannot develop with their natural resources, unless these countries seek demonstrations and riots in African countries,” he said.

 

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