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Greater access to energy can improve quality of lives. More than 620 million people in the continent do not have access to electricity and this leads to extreme poverty levels, poor hygiene, limited school education systems and a heavy dependence on foreign production, because of weak local manufacturing of our own products.

What is Africa doing about this? The energy transformation agenda is here. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA), Africa has enormous untapped resources in renewable energy and can diversify from traditional sources of oil and gas. Countries leading in this agenda are Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa , while some of Africa’s smaller countries including

Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Rwanda and Swaziland have also set ambitious renewable energy targets. Others are following suit, and renewable energy is on the rise across the continent.

Climate change demands that we rethink the relationship between energy and development. The carbon-intensive energy systems that drive our economies have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries. We can avoid that collision. As a global community, we have the technology, finance and ingenuity to make the transition to a low-carbon future, but so far we lack the political leadership and practical policies needed to break the link between energy and emissions.

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