COP27 Conference Must Advance African Energy, Development

COP27 Conference Must Advance African Energy, Development

Environmental News from Europe:

African nations rich in energy but otherwise underdeveloped must secure a right to growth and power at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt in November, senior officials from across the continent said this week.

Rich nations must not let concerns over emissions causing climate change hinder energy projects, including fossil fuels, energy leaders told the African Energy Forum in Brussels.

For many, the sanctions and reduced flows from Russia that have sent European countries scrambling to shore up their energy supplies from elsewhere is a boon, as the energy crunch drives up inflation and stokes recession fears.

“All the arguments we heard at COP26 are not the same anymore,” Cheikh Niane, vice petroleum minister of emerging gas power Senegal told Reuters.

“At COP27 we are expecting the G7 and all developed countries to consider in the energy transition letting African countries develop gas which finances electricity for our citizens and helps industrialize our countries”.

Nearly 200 countries at last year’s summit in Glasgow, Scotland, agreed to strengthen climate pledges.

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Source: Reuters