At the COP27 meeting in Egypt, a new initiative to guide the continent on the just transition was launched.
The Africa Just & Affordable Energy Transition Initiative (AJAETI) will provide pathways towards a just transition to energy for the continent.
“The AJAETI initiative aims to provide all Africans with access to clean energy, whilst meeting the energy requirements for Africa’s economic development. Driving economic growth and supporting job creation across Africa to build a modern, resilient, and sustainable energy systems across the continent. Africa has a wealth of untapped resources that could be put to use in the manufacturing of renewable energy tools like electric batteries, wind turbines and other low-carbon technologies to support global mitigation efforts,” said COP27 President HE Sameh Shoukry.
Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr Mohamed Shaker was joined by a group of public and private entities to announce the objectives and focus of the AJAETI initiative.
The initiative will engage the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide possible pathways and scenarios for African countries, based on archetypes and resource endowments, for the most rapid and sustainable achievement of access.