May 12, 2022
Coffee Break Briefing with Kanika Chawla: Preview of the SEforALL Forum
By Katie Auth, Kanika Chawla
After multiple postponements, the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will finally take place starting May 17 in Kigali, to share ideas to accelerate ending energy poverty, advance clean & just energy transitions, and raise the bar on energy access.
To help set the stage, this Coffee Break Briefing features Kanika Chawla, UN-Energy Programme Manager at SEforALL. Kanika explains what to expect at the upcoming Forum, what she’s hoping to achieve, and why it’s urgent right now.
Watch in full below, and find our past briefings here:
Rose Mutiso on Good Clean Energy podcast: How to End Energy Poverty
By Rose Mutiso
Rose Mutiso joins the show to discuss the connection between access to affordable electricity and poverty and details a path forward for energy-poor countries in Africa.
Clean water from clean energy
By Mohamed Alhaj
How renewable energy can be a game-changer for Africa's desalination industry By 2050, it is expected that there will be at least 800 million Africans living in regions with acute water scarcity (where the renewable water resources capacity is less than 1000 m3/capita/year).1 A recent study on the potential growth of the desalination market in developing countries estimated the demand for desalination in Africa’s most water-scarce countries to reach 37 Mm3/day by 2050, satisfying total municipal water demand for urban populations; which is an increase of more than 1500% compared to the current installed capacity in these countries.1 FIGURE 1: Projected desalination capacity in sub-Saharan Africa’s most water-scarce countries by 2050 According to the FAO, the agricultural sector has the highest water demands in these regions, which makes desalination a key enabler for food security. African governments are already taking serious steps to develop more desalination plants.
Desalination: A future energy demand driver
By Mohamed Alhaj
Globally, nearly 2 billion people – about half of them in sub-Saharan Africa – lack access to safe drinking water.
How Might Clean Energy Feature at the White House Africa Summit?
By Todd Moss
Next week is make-or-break for the United States to show an actual alternative to Chinese-backed infrastructure. President Biden will host 49 African leaders December 13-15 in an orchestrated effort to show that the United States is no longer disengaged with the continent and to rebuild trust with a region where one in four people will live by mid-century.
Hub vs Hub: The debate over development finance for natural gas is messy. Here are two pragmatic solutions.
By Katie Auth, Rose Mutiso, Todd Moss, Vijaya Ramachandran
The fight over when – or even whether – to use development finance for gas-fired power plants in poor countries has become overly contentious and counterproductive.