Africa Renewable Energy Forum

November 2 to 4, 2016 - Marrakech, Morocco

Africa Renewable Energy Forum

Sustainable projects // Technology development // Capacity building

The Africa Renewable Energy Forum is a 3-day event focused on the development of renewable energy technologies for broad reaching energy access in agriculture and industrial development in Africa. AREF is set to become the annual gathering of sector leaders to benchmark and  maintain the outcome of COP22 and will enable the Kingdom of Morocco to take the lead in the battle against climate change as well as promote clean energy access,  which will in the medium to long term generate hundreds of millions of jobs on the continent.

At the end of 2015, the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gather together at the COP21 in Paris. Adopted by 195 countries, officially signed by 179 and ratified by 20, the most important achievement of the Paris agreement is the worldwide commitment to fight climate change throughout the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

The responsibility of COP22 in Marrakech is to enforce the diplomatic agreement with actions and implementations plans. In fact, the COP22 is called the “COP for actions” but it is also the “COP for AllAfrica, providing the opportunity for Africa to lead the way in renewable energy development to fight climate change.

Two key-elements have been recognised as principle axes in the COP21-22 transition:

  • The success of the implementation of a sustainable energy agenda for the continent depends on the synergy between the various public departments, more precisely between the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Energy with a very important role played by the Ministry of Finance
  • The condicio sine qua non to implement the Paris agreement and to drive forward Africa renewable energy development is the private sector engagement in projects that will help countries to achieve NDCs goals and to implement the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative

Based on these two fundamentals, the AREF program is structured to achieve its mission to be the platform for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, with specific focus on Africa and renewable energy to fight climate change. The agenda will feature Africa Talks by thought leaders, Ministerial Roundtables, and working group functions as well as sponsored seminars and CEO panel discussions which will include topics including:

  • Africa‘s successful stories and case studies
  • The agriculture, water, and energy nexus
  • Technology innovators presentations and innovators roundtable
  • Regulators’ roundtable
  • Financing the right energy mix
  • Mobilizing public and private financing to implement climate change measures