THE 3RD GHANA RENEWABLE ENERGY FAIR SHOWCASES UNDP’s INITIATIVES IN THE SECTOROct 31, 2017
The third edition of the Ghana Renewable Energy Fair was successfully held in Accra on 10-12 October, 2017. For the third consecutive year, UNDP partnered with the Ministry of Energy and the Energy Commission to organize this event, which aims at creating a platform for stakeholders in the renewable energy industry for the promotion of renewable energy technologies and innovation. “Renewable Energy: An Engine for Distributed Wealth Creation” was the theme for this year and was extensively debated during the different technical sessions of the conference.
In the session on “UNDP Productive Uses of Energy Programmes”, UNDP presented its Sustainable Energy Strategy (2017-2021), outlining how the organization will support countries in making progress towards the achievement of SDG7 by increasing access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy; increasing the global rate of improvements in energy efficiency; and increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Lessons learned from two signature initiatives in the region (Derisking Renewable Energy Investments and setting up multifunctional platforms in remote rural areas) were shared and discussed with the audience. UNDP also presented its current efforts to promote renewable energy technology transfer between China and Ghana.
During the Fair, the Ministry of Energy provided an overview of the draft Renewable Energy Master Plan being developed with support from UNDP. The Plan is an investment-focused framework that aims to increase the renewable energy installed capacity from current 38MW (2015) to 2,561MW in 2030 through various strategies, including providing incentives to the private sector and boosting local assembling and manufacturing. The Environmental Protection Agency also explained how the development of the renewable energy sector will help Ghana meet its global climate commitment under the Paris Agreement.
Other highlights from the Fair include the outdooring of Mrs. Samira Bawumia, Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, as Ambassador for Clean Cooking, and the announcement by the German Ambassador of Germany’s commitment of 100 million euros to expand the renewable energy sector in Ghana. The Fair also attracted 46 institutions from various sectors (public, private, research and civil society) that participated in an exhibition to showcase their contribution to the sector. For Further information, visit the project webpage