Advancing Low Carbon Development in the West African Region: Interactive Panel

Event Date: 
December 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
Salle 1 of the Africa Pavilion | COP 21 | Paris, France

Hosted by the Agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Ministers of Environment of Senegal and Gambia will co-chair a panel of experts to discuss the developmental challenges in the West African region in the face of a changing climate and the imperatives and benefits for low-carbon development. Learn about trends and lessons in the region as well as the necessary tools than can drive low carbon development.

The West Africa sub-region is characterized by interrelated challenges of energy access, energy security, and climate change. This trio of challenges, in turn, considerably complicates the implementation of regional strategies aimed at fostering socio-economic development.

The potentials for deployment of renewable energy as key means to de-carbonize the energy systems are already widely acknowledged, especially due to high renewable energy potentials in the sub-region. ECREEE, as a specialized agency in the West African sub-region, is mandated to promote the market penetration of renewable energy and energy efficiency and has the reduction of greenhouse gases as an overarching objective of its mandate. The interactive panel discussion is being organized to facilitate discussions and exchanges on how the region can mobilize its potentials in advancing Low Carbon Development.

The specific objective is to determine and examine the imperatives, benefits, and the way forward for Low-Carbon Development in the ECOWAS Region. The event will bring together policy and high level decision makers and individuals with technical expertise from environment and energy sectors, including CSOs, NGOs etc. to deliberate on the given topic and the key messages experiences and lessons learned and identified from the discussions will be summarized in a policy brief and circulated widely to facilitate regional understanding of the benefits of Low Carbon Development in the West African Region. 

Worldwatch Panelist:

Alexander OchsDirector of Climate and Energy | Worlwatch Institute