Enlit Africa is Back in October as the Continent Prepares for COP26  

  • Africa’s finest to discuss practical realities of Africa’s transition to NetZero
  • Digital Event: 26–28 October 2021

“It’s about moving from theory to implementation, it’s time to get stuck in and become practical as the African continent transitions towards NetZero by 2050, and COP26 in November is a very important pitstop in that journey,” says Claire Volkwyn, programme director for Enlit Africa, the leading power and energy platform and discussion forum, returning from 26 to 28 October.

Formerly known around the continent as African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Enlit Africa has been connecting the utility industry on the continent for more than two decades and in the next edition will also bring back its popular water track. October’s digital edition is a precursor in the lead-up to the hybrid event in Cape Town in June next year.

Volkwyn adds: “There was such a great response to our theme of ‘The 5Ds* of the energy transition’ during our event in June, focusing on what the continent needs to concentrate on to decarbonise the power sector. In October we move into the practical implementation of solutions to prepare the continent for a NetZero reality, including looking at LNG as a transitional energy source, municipal energy independence, E-mobility, and what Africa is bringing to and expecting from the COP26 summit.”

*decarbonisation, decentralisation, democratisation, digitalisation and deregulation

“It takes strong leadership and innovative projects to take an idea from theory to implementation,” says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, editor of ESI Africa and African Power & Energy Elites journals. She explains: “It is only through the resilience of successful leaders and projects that Africa can deliver on its net-zero ambitions. In tune with this year’s theme, ESI Africa will highlight the leaders and projects nominated to the African Power & Energy Elites annual publication. During the Enlit Africa digital event in October, we will announce the finalists who will appear in the 2022 edition of the Elites publication.”

Enlit Africa session highlights will include:

– Keynote session: How COP26 could provide the launchpad for Africa’s energy transition.
–  To LNG or not: Is that the question?
Municipal Energy Resilience in South Africa – assisting local government to take advantage of new energy regulations, including purchasing energy directly from IPPs.
E-mobility: Creating a regulatory and policy environment to encourage EV uptake.
Prepayment as a precursor to enhanced energy and financial efficiency.
Digital equity: Ensuring that digital advances are equitable and just.
Energy storage: Generation, transmission or distribution asset?
Finance, investment and strategy: Is there an oversupply of funding and an undersupply of projects?
EGovernment: Africa is in a prime position to utilise eGovernment services.
ROUNDTABLE: Heading to COP26: Has the COVID-19 crises derailed the climate finance agenda?
Waste not, want not: re-use, recycle and reclaim your wastewater.
Water security 2.0: Looking Durban’s experience in addressing monumental water challenges.

Enlit Africa’s successful transition to digital

The fast-growing attendee numbers and feedback from participants and partners fully support the remarkable and successful transition that the organisers of the event have made from live events to providing a digital forum for the industry to connect via live, online events on the Enlit Africa Connect platform.

Do not miss it!

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