The Climate Action Tracker held a virtual event on Monday, December 12 entitled: “What’s next for the African continent? Charting a path to ambitious climate action in 2023”

Governments scrambled in 2022 to shore up energy security in the wake of the energy crisis caused by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Many European governments turned to African energy producers to secure fossil gas supplies and LNG imports. Analysis by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), Climate Analytics, and NewClimate Institute shows that fossil gas expansion will not meet the continent’s energy and development needs and puts the 1.5°C limit at risk. What can governments do to secure their energy supply and pursue ambitious climate action in 2023?

At this virtual event, we presented our latest analysis on how to accelerate the renewable energy transition and enhance climate action in Africa with a focus on climate governance. We also discussed the recent CAT Governance profiles of Senegal, Rwanda, and other African countries in the Climate Governance Series.

Hanna Fekete started by providing an overview of how fossil gas is not the answer in a 1.5°C compatible world, Deborah Ramalope shed a spotlight on enabling the renewable energy transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, Claire Stockwell outlined the importance of climate governance in attaining climate action, and Koffi Koumassi concluded by highlighting the main findings from the CAT climate governance analyses of a selection of African countries. The event was moderated by Kouassigan Tovivo.

More details, as well as recordings and slides are here on the CAT website.

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