Enlit Africa is a Leading power platform to focus on preparation for COP26
- The organisers of Enlit Africa have confirmed that Eskom Group Chief Executive André de Ruyter will once again be part of the opening session of the event on Tuesday morning, 26 October.
- The leading platform and discussion forum for the power and energy sector on the continent will specifically focus on how the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), taking place in November, could provide the launchpad for Africa’s energy transition.
Formerly known as African Utility Week, Enlit Africa is unpacking what the continent needs to concentrate on to decarbonise the power sector. Running from 26–28 October, Enlit Africa will provide practical solutions to prepare the continent for a NetZero reality. The programme looks at various ways to achieve this; from LNG as a transitional energy source, municipal energy independence, e-mobility, and how Africa is preparing for, and what it is expecting from, the COP26 summit.
During the Mr de Ruyter’s keynote appearance at a previous edition of the event, he shared Eskom’s long-term strategy, discussed the utility’s plans for decommissioning existing coal stations and repurposing the infrastructure, as well as moving into renewable energy. During the keynote session in October this year, the Eskom GCE will give more insight into Eskom’s COP26 journey and the anticipated outcomes.
Other confirmed industry experts appearing in the Enlit Africa sessions are:
– Meike Wetsch, programme manager, Coega Development Corporation, South Africa
– Dhevan Govender, senior commercial & business manager, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa
– Adrian Strydom, executive director, SA Oil and Gas Alliance
– Frederic Verdol, senior energy expert: energy & extractives, World Bank
– Vally Padayachee, special advisor, Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities
– Jessica Stephens, CEO, AMDA, Kenya
– Roland Nkwain Ngam, programme manager: climate justice and socio-ecological transformation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, South Africa
– Patrick K. Tonui, head of policy and regional strategy, GOGLA, The Netherlands
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Author: Bryan Groenendaal