Partners for Euro-African Green Energy join 1% for the Planet
We at the Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) are very excited to be a new non-profit member of 1% for the Planet.
PANGEA promotes sustainable African bioenergy investment, policies, and production. We work with a number of companies, NGO’s and international organisations on bioenergy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that the potential for the development of a sustainable bioenergy sector in Africa is huge whilst the development of a bioenergy sector promotes environmental and social justice.
Why is Bioenergy a good option for Africa?
- An established bioenergy industry can reduce a country’s dependence on expensive exported fossil fuels and improve domestic energy security; at the same time as providing it with an in-demand good for export to the international market.
- It also creates tangible job opportunities for the communities it involves; with the opportunity for many Africans to be involved in the labour-intensive cultivation of appropriate feedstocks. Moreover done sustainably through appropriate agricultural techniques and ensuring biodiversity bioenergy can improve food security.
- Sub-Saharan Africa’s sub-tropical climate is perfect for growing most biofuel feedstocks, with the continent’s abundant arable land also providing a solution to the land-shortages that have proven so problematic across the developed world.
- In short, if developed correctly, a well-functioning bioenergy industry can leverage African economic growth on an international level, at the same time as improving the economic and social well-being of its inhabitants. This is a unique opportunity.
As a non-profit organisation based in Brussels we provide the gateway between European and African bioenergy markets.
Please have a look at our website for further information on us, our members and reports.