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A new Atlas released by the UN Environment and African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum (WEF) currently underway in Durban shows that energy consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000.

Africa energy focusPrepared together with the Environment Pulse Institute, United States Geological Survey and George Mason University, the Atlas consolidates the information on the energy landscape in Africa. It provides information in the form of detailed before and after images, charts, maps and other satellite data from 54 countries, with visuals detailing the challenges and opportunities in providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services.

The Atlas highlights the fact that current energy production in Africa is insufficient to meet demand. About a third of the total African population still lacks access to electricity and 53% of the population depends on biomass for cooking, space heating and drying. A kettle boiled twice by a family in the United Kingdom uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year, the book states.

The book shows that energy consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000. With 16% of the world’s population (1.18 billion people out of 7.35 billion) it consumes about 3.3% of global primary energy. With current trends, it will take Africa until 2080 to achieve full access to electricity.

It comes as no surprise that the researchers indicate that investment into in green energy infrastructure are necessary, and will ultimately bolster Africa’s economic development. Africa’s renewable energy resources are diverse, unevenly distributed and enormous in quantity. There is “almost unlimited” solar potential (10 TW), abundant hydro (350 GW), wind (110 GW) and geothermal energy (15 GW).

“The Atlas makes a strong case that investments in green energy infrastructure can bolster Africa’s economic development and bring it closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is therefore an important policy guide for African governments as they strive to catalyse national development by making use of their energy resources,” says Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director and Regional Representative, UN Environment, Africa Office.

“Indoor pollution from biomass cooking — a task usually carried out by women — will soon kill more people than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Sub-Saharan Africa has undiscovered, but technically recoverable, energy resources estimated at about 115.34 billion barrels of oil and 21.05 trillion cubic metres of gas.”

At the moment, 42% of Africa’s total energy consumption is oil followed by gas (28%), coal (22%), hydro (6%), renewable energy (1%) and nuclear (1%). Reserves of coal, natural gas and oil represent 3.6%, 7.5% and 7.6% of global reserves respectively.

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