African Energy Chamber Sets Up Committee to Drive Post COVID-19 Solutions
The African Energy Chamber has appointed an advisory committee to assist in developing new African business models and solutions to the global de-carbonization challenge. This is on the conclusion that the Covid-19 pandemic is set to accelerate the global energy transition, the Chamber said in a statement on Friday.
The committee include Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, founder and chairman, APO Group Akinwole Omoboriowo II, chairman and CEO, Genesis Energy Group, Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, managing director, EnergyInc Advisors and Senior Africa Advisor, IFU Danish Investment Fund Walter Peviani, managing director, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Ltd, and Rémi Mouchel, operations director and President of the executive board, IFP Training.
The Chamber further stated that members of the Energy Transition Committee act in their personal capacity, form an integral part of the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board for 2020 and 2021.
The members of the committee have decades of experience and expertise in investments, finance, communications and capacity building across all segments of the energy industry. Together, they will be advising the Chamber on a range of initiatives to further push for decarbonization initiatives on the continent, while developing an African message and approach to energy transition.
“The African Energy Chamber strongly believes that the global energy transition debate has remained absent of African voices. One cannot discuss energy transition on our continent without taking into account energy poverty and the need to create an inclusive energy industry that creates jobs and procures goods and services locally. As a Chamber, we believe climate change is an issue as important as energy poverty.
Powering up African homes and industries will require a coordinated approach in the development of all energy sources Africa has to offer, including natural gas, wind, solar, hydro or geothermal,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber.
The African Energy Chamber is committed to building an energy industry that works for everyone, but remains concerned over the predominance of an international narrative that would be imposed on the continent at the detriment of Africans’ best interests.
As the continent recovers from Covid-19, the Chamber will be working on promoting solutions and opportunities that put a priority on securing affordable and reliable energy to Africans while creating jobs and supporting local entrepreneurship.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja