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Can Africa pursue economic development without relying on fossil fuels?

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As the global climate emergency intensifies, the question arises: Can Africa pursue economic development without relying on fossil fuels?

Many African countries are heavily dependent on oil and gas exports, yet the continent bears the brunt of climate change impacts, despite contributing only 3% of global CO2 emissions. The need for decarbonization is clear, with South Africa leading the way after securing $8 billion in loans for its energy transition at COP26. However, power cuts have posed challenges to the country’s industrialized economy.

NJ Ayuk JD, Director General of the African Chamber of Energies, emphasizes that an effective energy transition must consider natural gas. African voices need to be amplified in climate conferences, and African leaders must take decisive action. The African Energy Chamber aims to play a pivotal role in fostering an African energy pact.

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