Category: AIF Issue 60

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Africa’s climate conundrum

It is no secret that Africa is facing a climate conundrum. At the core of this trilemma is the question of how the continent can balance the energy access required for development with climate mitigation and deal with the inevitable impacts. The prevailing sentiment is that getting Africa to conform and comply with new global […]

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What’s next for Africa’s fossil fuel economies?

Nigeria, Angola and Ghana are among the top oil producers in Africa. With revenues largely backed by fossil remuneration, the mantra to go green on fuels might sound hollow, but there are plans in place waiting for real action. At the same time, there are calls for a more realistic “neither one or the other” […]

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Weighing the cost of going green

What started as a single COVID-19 case has caused a contraction of about 2% in GDP in sub-Saharan Africa. As of 2020, the African Development Bank (AfDB) estimated that Africa would need at least $500 billion to rebuild economies. The pandemic caused massive economic setbacks and strained the continent’s ability to enhance development. Some countries […]

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Climate change in Africa – partnerships are key

Africa is the most exposed region to the adverse effects of climate change despite contributing the least to global warming. The brunt of this human instigated disaster is hitting the African continent, and urgent and decisive action needs to be taken to avert catastrophe. Assessments by African Development Bank (AfDB) reveal that African countries are […]

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ESG – How the private sector can support the achievements of COP26

The motto for COP26, “keeping 1.5 degrees alive”, was in line with the Paris Climate Agreement adopted at COP21 in December 2015. There, 196 parties pledged to limit global temperature rises to 1,5 degrees Celsius and keep them below the 2.0 of the pre-industrial period. But as the conference started in Glasgow, Scotland late last […]

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A just transition to net zero emissions

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, agreed to an ambitious deal in climate finance with leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States at the 26th UN Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November last year. Ramaphosa and his team had mostly done […]

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Africa tackles the challenge of reversing deforestation

The scale of deforestation in Africa is both unprecedented and increasing. According to a report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the continent lost 3.94 million hectares of forest area each year between 2010 and 2020, compared with 3.4 million each year in the previous decade. This is more than any other region […]

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Peace and security should be prioritised in climate talks

In September 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its the sixth report. United Nation (UN) Secretary General António Guterres called its findings a “code red” for humanity. Guterres emphasised the impact of climate change on international peace and security, stating: “The effects of climate change are particularly profound when they overlap with […]

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East Africa braces for further food insecurity in the face of extreme climactic events

Climate change has the potential to undermine and even undo progress made in improving the socioeconomic wellbeing of many African countries. The negative impacts associated with climate change are compounded by many long-standing factors that challenge the continent, including widespread poverty, disease, and high population density, which is estimated to double the demand for food, […]

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Climate change will confront Africa’s cities with unprecedented biophysical risks

Fisherman Claude van Leen has been sitting idle in Hout Bay harbour near Cape Town for six months because shifting winds have made the water too warm for his catch. He blames climate change. “People are selling boats, and they are losing their livelihoods,” van Leen says in the cramped cabin of an old vessel. […]

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Can South Africa’s ‘zombie utility’ Eskom afford to go green – and can it afford not to?

As the world went into unprecedented lockdown in February last year, scientists scrambled to determine what the impact of the vastly reduced traffic volumes, industrial activity, and electricity consumption would be on greenhouse gas emissions. But although COVID-19 drove down the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of Africa’s worst polluter – South African power utility Eskom […]

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