EU can help Africa become the ‘greenest continent’: German minister

(Climate Home News, 24 Aug 2020) Germany and the EU must make sustainable energy supply the focus of the new EU-Africa strategy, Germany’s development minister has said.

In an op-ed for German business newspaper WirtschaftWoche, Gerd Müller, Germany’s economic cooperation and development minister, and Claudia Kemfert, economist at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), warned that people in Africa and other developing regions are hardest hit by climate change and without the help of rich, developed countries they face an uncertain future.

Energy transformation is key to their development and economic well-being, they added. “The energy transition in Africa requires an investment and innovation offensive: German and European technologies can make it the greenest continent.”

The pair called for the EU’s New Green Deal – a climate plan to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050 – to include a strong African component and for the bloc to involve Africa in the global transformation of energy systems by investing in solar and wind power and hydrogen.

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