Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, has announced plans to optimise energy capacity for efficient power management and distribution for West Africa’s journey in establishing a sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.
“With rising temperatures and prolonged droughts, West Africa is grappling with challenges, especially in countries relying on hydropower generation. We recognise the urgent need for resilient infrastructure capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions,” said Ajibola Akindele, country president at Schneider Electric.
West Africa is facing the impact of climate change on natural resources, biodiversity, and agricultural productivity, as highlighted in the Climate Change and Security in West Africa report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The region is projected to experience unprecedented temperature and rainfall changes in the next 10 to 20 years.
Speaking on Schneider’s strides in contributing to West Africa’s proactive response to climate change, Obinna Uche, sales director, power systems division, Schneider Electric Anglophone West Africa, emphasised the company’s commitment to efficient power solutions, stating, “Our goal is to ensure energy capacity is optimally utilized, contributing to efficient power management and distribution. From generation to distribution to end-users, intelligent monitoring solutions are at the forefront of our efforts, leading to not only cost savings but also increased investor confidence.”
Significant investments, supported by organisations such as USAID, are driving the region’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting climate sustainability. Obinna further noted, “We are encouraged by West Africa’s dedication to implementing renewable energy solutions.
Investments in projects like the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Fund (EREF) program are vital for catalyzing the growth of renewable energy, with a specific focus on clean energy mini-grids (CEMGs).”
The program, launched in 2019 and implemented in six West African countries, facilitates access to finance for renewable energy projects, aligning with the region’s commitment to a green energy future.