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Just Energy Transition in Sub Saharan Africa

Khi Solar One in Upington, Northern Cape is the first solar tower plant in Africa

Economic activity in the energy sector has far-reaching effects on local communities and contexts in which they operate. This lends a social urgency to figuring out how local communities can participate in these decisions and how the process of social licensing should be structured.

Community agency and true access to the opportunities this movement represents is a fundamental development consideration. Communities leading conversations in risk mitigation and long term strategy is critical to the success of the energy transition project.

These "high-level" discussions are often gatekept and are poorer for the lack of social intelligence healthy community structure engagement brings to the table.

The Just Energy Transition movement in Sub-Saharan Africa is picking up momentum informed by agencies like the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

This background report from IRENA presents technical findings on the status of the shift to renewable energy and the REmap transition pathway. These form the basis of the analysis presented in a key IRENA study, Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (2019 edition).

The first part of the background report reviews the status of the energy transformation looking, at recent trends. This, in turn, provides a perspective for the global energy system’s development to 2050 based on current and planned policies, termed the Reference Case in the study.

The report then details the REmap transition pathway to 2050 – a set of potential energy options aligned with the “well-below 2oC” target of the Paris Agreement. The REmap Case entails changes in energy demand and supply, energy-related CO2 emissions, and the level of investments, costs and subsidies needed for the accelerated global shift to renewables.

As the project unfolds we will share updates of the process design and outcomes we are co-creating with communities across the region.

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