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Interview with the Dutch Newspaper at the Africa Climate Summit

Read my full interview with the Dutch Newspaper, Reformatorisch Dagblad at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi.
“Green growth is a huge opportunity for Africa” by Michiel Kerpel - 7th September 2023 The challenges of climate change for the continent should not be underestimated, says climate scientist Aniebiet Inyang Ntui when asked. She participated with the Nigerian climate delegation in the first Africa Climate Summit in Kenya. The professor at the university in the Nigerian city of Calabar sees opportunities as well as challenges. According to her, African countries can play a crucial role in tackling the climate crisis. Because of the available raw materials and the possibilities for generating renewable energy, especially solar energy. Green hydrogen is a huge opportunity for Africa, Ntui notes. At the summit, it was raining ambitions, plans, and announcements about hydrogen. “It could become the engine for Africa's economy and help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and create jobs.” Ntui points to Mauritania. “That country is home to the colossal Aman project, the largest green hydrogen plan in Africa.” That project alone should produce 1.7 million tons of hydrogen per year. And it is just one of many hydrogen developments in the West African country. Another future hydrogen country is Namibia, with which the Netherlands is working. “Namibia has a burgeoning hydrogen economy with a whole range of major projects. The country has set its sights on the construction of three hydrogen valleys. In Kharas, Walvis Bay Port, and Kunene.” Ntui also mentions South Africa, Djibouti, and Egypt. The latter country wants to become a global energy hub due to its strategic location between Africa, Europe, and Asia. Morocco is now keen to use the natural gas pipeline to Spain for green hydrogen. A lot is happening in Africa, not only in the field of green hydrogen, says Ntui. For example, Kenya is a pioneer in the use of geothermal energy, a clean and renewable source of energy from the ground. “Thanks to geothermal, hydropower, and solar energy, Kenya's dependence on fossil fuels is still very limited. By 2030, the country wants to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.” In 2022 that was more than 80 percent. Africa can also play a role in tackling climate change through reforestation, says Ntui. “Africa's vast forests, wetlands, and savannahs serve as important carbon sinks.” Ethiopia has already received international recognition for its ambitious plans for reforestation. “350 million trees were planted in one day. The initiative to plant four billion trees tackles deforestation and land degradation, creates jobs, and promotes sustainable land use.” Ntui believes in green growth for African countries. “By investing in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and other green technologies, African countries can create a more prosperous and equitable future for their citizens. Green growth is essential for Africa's sustainable development.” The summit resulted in “substantial financial commitments and investments,” according to the environmental scientist. Including the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain and Germany. "Promising."
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    • Kevin

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      An amazing article

      • Joseph Githinji

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        This is great , happy to see Africa rising to be part of this great transition. Going green is the future.

        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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          Good article

          • Princess

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            Green growth offers Africa a substantial opportunity, bringing economic, social, and environmental benefits while also aligning with global climate goals.

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