COP27 | Africa's Just Energy Transition: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Minigrids for People and Planet

October 24, 2022
Event Details

15 November 2022

11:50am - 12:30

COP27, UNDP Pavilion

This event convened stakeholders from across the minigrid space in Africa to discuss how to scale up minigrids to bring electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa's most remote areas. It also formally launched the Africa Minigrids Program, a multi-partner initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility and led by UNDP in partnership with RMI and the African Development Bank that aims to enable scaled-up private investments in solar battery minigrids in 21 countries. 



Our speakers

The event was moderated by Ahunna Eziakonwa, Regional Director for Africa, UNDP.

Opening remarks:

  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (Virtual)
  • Opening remarks: Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP (Virtual)
  • Opening remarks: Idesbald Chinamula, Head of the Rural Electrification Agency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Panel discussion:

  • Nicole Poindexter, CEO and founder, Energicity
  • Dr Daniel Schroth, Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department, African Development Bank Group
  • Oluwadabira Abiola-Awe, Youth energy activist and Ventures & Capital Campaign Associate, Student Energy

Closing remarks:

  • Jon Creyts, CEO, RMI