#ACW2021 Event | Renewable Energy for Urban Climate Resiliency in Africa


This REN21 side event during the Africa Climate Week focused on how cities are transforming themselves with renewables and expanding energy access, and in turn are creating healthier and more liveable urban environments. The panellists discussed how cities can increase their climate ambition and action, contribute to local and national decarbonisation and (sustainable) development goals and set out on the pathway to achieve net-zero.

The panel looked at the current actions in African cities, key barriers and opportunities to scale up renewables, including the need for investment, building adequate policy frameworks and multi-level frameworks which are embedded in larger national strategies. The discussion focused on exchanging approaches and identifying challenges and sharing action so we can collectively move forward on the energy transition in cities.

This event included a short presentation by REN21’s Lea Ranalder, sharing the current status of renewable energy in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We’d like to thank our panellists for their rich discussion:
Eleth Nakazzi, City of Kampala
Vincent Kitio, UN Habitat (joined via voice call)
Joel Nana, Sustainable Energy Africa
Martin Baltes, Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa

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