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Energy Institute pushes for a sustainable, greener future in Africa

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The Energy Institute has through its annual Energy Sustainability Conference initiated important conversations and collaborations to shape a sustainable and greener energy future for Africa.

Themed ‘Driving Energy Transition in Africa: Policy Reforms, Technology, and Resilience for Delivering Energy Security,’ the conference, was held in Lagos between November 13th – 14th, 2023.

Speaking on the inaugural day, Olu Arowolo Verheijen, special adviser to Nigeria’s President on Energy, pointed out the need for collaboration between the public and private sectors in achieving sustainable energy goals.

According to her, the journey towards sustainable energy cannot be achieved by the public sector alone.

Nick Wayth, Fellow Energy Institute (FEI) and chief executive officer of the Energy Institute said there is an urgent need to address energy demand in West Africa.

According to Wayth, West Africa’s energy demand is growing faster than the rest of the continent, which calls for urgent sustainable solutions.

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Osten Olorunsola, FEI and chairman of the Energy Institute Nigeria said there is a need for nations to adopt sustainable practices in response to current energy trends.

The conference also featured dynamic panel sessions addressing crucial topics such as ‘The Price Tag of Inclusive Energy Security’ and ‘Disrupting the Gender Gap: Embracing Allyship and Sponsorship in the Modern Workplace’.

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The sessions brought together industry experts, thought leaders and stakeholders to explore innovative solutions and address challenges in the pursuit of sustainable energy practices.

It also delved into key insights from the 72nd annual Statistical Review of World Energy, providing a comprehensive analysis of global energy data for 2022. This session focused on the repercussions of global trends for Africa, offering insights into their implications for the African energy sector.

The event served as a platform for robust knowledge-sharing and networking, and it attracted a diverse array of attendees, including policymakers, industry leaders, scholars, and advocates.