Green Transition: Scaling up Renewable Energy – Africa & Asia Experiences

Green Transition: Scaling up Renewable Energy – Africa & Asia Experiences

Date: Oct 26, 2022

Time: 18:30 to 20:00 (KST/GMT+9)

(in English)
(in Spanish)
(in French)


In 2020, global carbon emissions were reduced by 5.2%, due to the direct impact of the COVID pandemic on most economic activities. However, the rapid economic recovery across many countries has reversed the pandemic-induced decline in emissions (with 6% increase in carbon emissions in 2021). The biggest increase in carbon emissions (by sector in 2021) took place in electricity and heat production, which contributed to 46% of the global increase. Despite the rebound in coal use and carbon emissions, renewable-based energy (RE) generation reached an all-time high and RE provided a higher share of global electricity generation than coal. Replacing fossil-based resources with renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, among others, which have significant emissions reduction potentials and are imperative to enable green growth and a clean energy transition. Various new technologies such as floating solar, smart mini-grid, battery energy storage systems, among others, are not only presenting newer ways to harness renewable energy but also help in making renewable energy reliable and substantiable.

The session will bring together professionals from Africa and Asia countries to present case studies on projects which are decarbonizing supply-side sectors and demand-side sectors, resulting in local and global carbon emission reduction. Some of the select projects are solar-integrated battery energy storage systems, solar-based mini-grids, 600 megawatts floating solar projects, commercial-scale BioCNG production, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. These projects are implemented in a manner to create a template with potential to replicate at scale. The learnings from these projects will help in standardizing the implementation of these solutions and developing the best practices for wider outreach and adoption.

Event Agenda:

Welcome Remarks
– H.E. Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)  (video message) 
Opening Remarks 
– Dr. Kyung Nam Shin, Assistant Director-General and Head of Investment & Policy Solutions Division, GGGI
1. Overview of Green Transition initiatives in Africa and Asia through scaling up RE: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
– Speaker: Mr. Nishant Bhardwaj, Community of Practice (Lead/Energy) and Deputy Director Green Investment Services 

2. Growth Opportunities in Indian BioCNG sector through BioCNG-CGD Synchronization scheme and integration with gas-grid: GAIL India Limited
– Speaker: Mr. Praveer Kumar Agarwal, Chief General Manager (TBC) 

3. Solar Mini Grid promotion in Burkina Faso: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
– Speaker: Mr. Osee Yelkouni, Program Officer 

4. Powering communities with aquatic renewables: case studies and trends from Asia: Mott MacDonald Ltd
– Speaker: Mr. Setta Verojporn, Asia Lead, Energy Transformation Initiative 

5. RE technologies and solutions to promote Green Transition in Africa: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
– Speaker: Mr. Bimbola Banjo, Partner  

6On-Grid Solar Power Project at Dang & Kanchanpur, Nepal with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS):Dolma Consulting
– Speaker: Mr. Joseph Silvanus, Managing Director  
Open Discussion/Q&A 
Moderator: Ms. Laura Jalasjoki, Country Representative, Burkina Faso
Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Dr. Malle Fofana, Director and Head of Programs, Africa and Europe, GGGI
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