PANGEA and the EUACC discuss Bioenergy and Sustainable Transport in Africa
25 June 2014, BRUSSELS, Belgium:
On June 25th 2014, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) and the EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce (EUACC) jointly held a forum on Bioenergy for Sustainable Transport in Africa. The forum was organised as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative by the European Commission to showcase best practice within the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as providing the opportunity for companies, organisations, and other stakeholders in the areas of energy and sustainability to get together.
The forum discussed the opportunities that bioenergy presents, specifically to the transport sector on the African continent. Sub-Saharan African countries are dependent upon costly fossil fuel imports, even the countries with significant petroleum resources. This dependency creates poor infrastructure, inefficient agriculture, uncompetitive exports, and polluted cities, leaving the continent vulnerable to volatile petroleum markets. Therefore, the use of bioenergy can be a transition pathway to energy efficiency and a sustainable transport system, as well as improved economic, social and environmental development across the continent.
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Catherine Bearder (ALDE/UK) in her opening remarks highlighted the importance of efficient technology in fulfilling our growing energy demands, whilst ensuring sustainability. Despite present challenges, bioenergy has huge potential to provide energy efficiency and independence, and at the same time drive sustainable development in the African transport sector.
The speakers included, Davies B. Makasa (Principal Transport Engineer at the African Development Bank), Anthony King (Scania South Africa), Derek Mathews (Silversands Ethanol), Linus Mofor (IRENA), Sergeui Outtara (EUACC) and Meghan Sapp (PANGEA), which provided a diverse panel from across the sectors of African commerce, bioenergy, transportation, trade and advocacy.
The speakers discussed the importance of a well-structured and sustainable transport sector for positive economic growth, health, agriculture and trade in Africa. They shared case studies from across the continent that highlighted the vast scope and overwhelming opportunities that bioenergy presents in the development of sustainable transport system in Africa.
For more details on this event, please see the official press release on our website here.