CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 25, 2019/APO Group/ --

AOP 2019 (https://AfricaOilandPower.com), Africa’s Energy Conference, will be held in Cape Town on October 9-11, 2019; In partnership with South Africa’s Department of Energy, Africa Oil & Power 2019 will seize on momentum of country’s historic offshore discovery and independent power producer programs; An election year in South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal point to new energy strategies in key African plays. Licensing rounds from Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and more to feature.

Africa Oil & Power, Africa’s Energy Conference, is this year designated the official energy event of the South African Department of Energy. The event will bring together ministers, leading industry executives and global thought leaders on Africa’s oil, gas and power sectors for three days of deal-making, investment promotion, exploration licensing rounds, and an exhibition from October 9 to 11 at Cape Town’s CTICC 1.

Africa Oil & Power 2019, the continent’s only conference to fully integrate the power sector with oil and gas, will address urgent issues in Africa’s development, including the expansion of upstream oil exploration in new areas; balancing the needs of Africa’s oil producing and consuming countries; the role of gas-to-power in lighting Africa; the need to innovate in the power sector, including renewables; and the importance of using oil and gas as a lightning rod to spur growth and economic development.

AOP 2019 puts a spotlight on private sector successes, from upstream exploration to renewables, and is the venue for private sector dealmaking and promotion of new public-private partnerships. Conference sponsors include Tullow Oil, Noble Energy, Kosmos Energy, Schlumberger, Marathon Oil, EG Ronda 2019, Centurion Law Group, GE Baker Hughes, Trident Energy, GEPetrol, Sonagas, Hexagon, NALCO Champion and Subsea 7.

Keynote speaker Hon. Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy of South Africa will be joined by H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan; H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya, Secretary General of APPO; and more.

AOP 2019, as the official conference of the Department of Energy of South Africa, will heavily feature new development’s in South Africa’s oil and gas and power sectors, and will be the launch pad for new initiatives and in depth discussion on the Brulpadda gas find, new exploration, downstream projects, and the continent-leading renewable energyindependent power producer program.

“We are very honored to have been selected by the Government of South Africa as their official partner,” said Guillaume Doane, the CEO of Africa Oil & Power. “This is the most exciting time in the history of South Africa’s energy sector, with a significant offshore oil discovery and a historic IPP program that create a ton of promise for the industry. AOP will be the meeting place for Africa’s top government officials, global investors and leading executives to get deals done and continue moving the continent forward.”

AOP 2019 will be the venue for the promotion of oil and gas licensing rounds and investment roadshows for Africa’s most prominent upstream players and frontier markets, including Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Sudan and South Sudan. It is the only event in Africa to offer a full day of programming dedicated to technology, a full day focus on power and dedicated country spotlight sessions for Angola, South Africa and Senegal. Past speakers have included global heads of the industry, including H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC; Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum and H.E. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. 

Read more: Africa Oil and Power launches the 2019...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 14, 2019/APO Group/ --

APO Group (www.APO-opa.com ), the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, has been named the Official Newswire of the One Planet Summit (www.OnePlanetSummit.fr/en) - a unique platform dedicated to financial initiatives that brings attention to global climate change.

More than 450 delegates are expected to attend the Summit, which takes place at the UN Compound in Nairobi, Kenya on March 14th.

Co-chaired by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Guterres and interim President Georgieva from the World Bank Group, the Summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs and international organisations to help accelerate climate investments in line with the Paris Agreement. The main themes will focus on promoting renewable energies, fostering resilience and adaptation and protecting biodiversity in Africa.

Unlike previous events raising awareness of these subjects, the One Planet Summit will mobilize participants across public, private and financial sectors in an interactive format of speeches, panels and video testimonials.

Presidents Kenyatta and Macron are both scheduled to speak at the event, and other keynotes will be delivered by Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank as well as  Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research & Development (AWARD) as well as H.E. Andy Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar among many other distinguished guests.

As Official Newswire, APO Group are well placed to raise awareness of the Summit and build engagement across Africa. All official press releases from the One Planet Summit will be distributed across Africa Wire, APO’s unparalleled network of more than 350 journalists and media outlets operating in all 54 countries across the continent.

APO Group have also identified influential bloggers writing about climate change, renewable energy and biodiversity and invited them to join the conversation in the weeks leading up to One Planet Summit. Using traditional and social media, APO Group is proudly supporting this important initiative produced by Richard Attias & Associates, to deliver the Summit’s powerful message on issues that impact everybody in the world.

“We are thrilled to be selected as the Official Newswire of the One Planet Summit,” said Lionel Reina, CEO of APO Group. “Our appointment is recognition of our unique position within media relations - bridging the gap between prestigious organizations and their target audiences. Whenever the eyes of the world are on Africa, we are privileged to be able to help ignite the debate and drive engagement across the continent.”

Read more: APO Group named the Official Newswire for One...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 21, 2019/APO Group/ --

AOP 2019, Africa’s Energy Conference, will be held in Cape Town on October 9-11, 2019; In partnership with South Africa’s Department of Energy, Africa Oil & Power 2019 (https://AfricaOilandPower.com) will seize on momentum of country’s historic offshore discovery and independent power producer programs; An election year in South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal point to new energy strategies in key African plays. Licensing rounds from Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and more to feature.

Africa Oil & Power, Africa’s Energy Conference, is this year designated the official energy event of the South African Department of Energy. The event will bring together ministers, leading industry executives and global thought leaders on Africa’s oil, gas and power sectors for three days of deal-making, investment promotion, exploration licensing rounds, and an exhibition from October 9 to 11 at Cape Town’s CTICC 1.

Africa Oil & Power 2019, the continent’s only conference to fully integrate the power sector with oil and gas, will address urgent issues in Africa’s development, including the expansion of upstream oil exploration in new areas; balancing the needs of Africa’s oil producing and consuming countries; the role of gas-to-power in lighting Africa; the need to innovate in the power sector, including renewables; and the importance of using oil and gas as a lightning rod to spur growth and economic development.

AOP 2019 puts a spotlight on private sector successes, from upstream exploration to renewables, and is the venue for private sector dealmaking and promotion of new public-private partnerships. Conference sponsors include Tullow Oil, Noble Energy, Kosmos Energy, Schlumberger, Marathon Oil, EG Ronda 2019, Centurion Law Group, GE Baker Hughes, Trident Energy, GEPetrol, Sonagas, Hexagon, NALCO Champion and Subsea 7.

Keynote speaker Hon. Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy of South Africa will be joined by H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan; H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya, Secretary General of APPO; and more.

AOP 2019, as the official conference of the Department of Energy of South Africa, will heavily feature new development’s in South Africa’s oil and gas and power sectors, and will be the launch pad for new initiatives and in depth discussion on the Brulpadda gas find, new exploration, downstream projects, and the continent-leading renewable energyindependent power producer program.

“We are very honored to have been selected by the Government of South Africa as their official partner,” said Guillaume Doane, the CEO of Africa Oil & Power. “This is the most exciting time in the history of South Africa’s energy sector, with a significant offshore oil discovery and a historic IPP program that create a ton of promise for the industry. AOP will be the meeting place for Africa’s top government officials, global investors and leading executives to get deals done and continue moving the continent forward.”

AOP 2019 will be the venue for the promotion of oil and gas licensing rounds and investment roadshows for Africa’s most prominent upstream players and frontier markets, including Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Sudan and South Sudan. It is the only event in Africa to offer a full day of programming dedicated to technology, a full day focus on power and dedicated country spotlight sessions for Angola, South Africa and Senegal. Past speakers have included global heads of the industry, including H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC; Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum and H.E. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

Read more: South Africa’s Official Energy Event, Africa Oil...

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 14, 2019/APO Group/ --

Bank to launch ‘Green Baseload’ Facility to provide concessional finance to support reliable and affordable renewable energy baseload; “Desert to Power” initiative enters implementation stage with Yeleen Project in Burkina Faso.

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025, the Bank’s President announced today at the One Planet Summit taking place in Nairobi. Akinwumi A. Adesina said that the Bank would commit at least US$25 billion towards climate finance.

Speaking at a plenary in the presence of Heads of State, including President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and French President Emmanuel Macron, Adesina also announced the Bank is on course to achieve its target of allocating 40% of its funding to climate finance by 2020, a year ahead. The Bank’s commitment on the target, the highest among all multilateral development banks, has progressed steadily from 9% in 2016 to 28% in 2017 and 32% in 2018.

Considering Africa’s high vulnerability despite contributing the least to climate change, the African Development Bank has successfully raised its adaptation finance from less than 30% of total climate finance to parity with mitigation in 2018. The African Development Bank will continue this trend into the future.

“The required level of financing is only feasible with the direct involvement of the entire financial sector,” said Adesina. “Consequently, the Bank launched the African Financial Alliance for Climate Change (AFAC) to link all stock exchanges, pension and sovereign wealth funds, central Banks and other financial institutions of Africa to mobilize and incentivize the shift of their portfolios towards low carbon and climate resilient investments.”

The Bank made another milestone announcement. “It is not good enough to simply ask countries to stay away from polluting technologies,” Adesina said. “We have to be proactive in exploring alternatives. We will therefore be launching the ‘green baseload’ facility under the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA 2.0) to provide concessional finance and technical assistance to support the penetration and scale-up of renewable energy, to provide affordable and reliable renewable energy baseload.”

Several donors, including Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Italy, the UK and USAID have indicated their interest in this transformative instrument, which will also help to replace coal. The African Development Bank has played a critical role in building Africa’s clean energy capacities. The Bank’s last investment in a coal project was 10 years ago. Additionally, and in line with its ambitious New Deal on Energy for Africa, 95% of all Bank investments in power generation over the 2016-18 period have been in renewables.

The “Desert to Power” program, a $10 billion initiative to build a 10 GW solar zone across the Sahel—the largest in the world— would provide electricity for 250 million people.  Together with partners such as the Green Climate Fund and the EU, the Bank has now financed the first project under this Initiative: The Yeleen Rural Electrification Project in Burkina Faso.

Key Bank projects include the co-financing of the 510 MW Ouarzazate Solar Complex in Morocco, one of the largest solar complexes in the world.

Read more: The African Development Bank pledges US$ 25...

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 12, 2019/APO Group/ --

When the third One Planet Summit (https://www.OnePlanetSummit.fr/en) gets underway in Nairobi on March 14, it will make history while also making a crucial point about climate change.

This is the first time the One Planet Summit, launched by French president Emmanuel Macron in December 2017, will be held in Africa. The venue will underline our planetary interconnectedness in a way previous summits – the first was in Paris, the second in New York – arguably could not. Africa is responsible for only four per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but 65 per cent of its population is thought to be directly affected by climate change. So, in Nairobi, the One Planet Summit will illustrate the core truth at the heart of the climate change debate: global warming has an impact on everyone on the planet, whether or not they contribute substantially to it.

The OPS Nairobi Summit will showcase Africa’s strengths as a vibrant place for climate innovation and investments with advances in sustainable business models, climate smart agriculture, green bonds, and renewable energy Confirmed by French Republic President Macron, “We have all the means to act to fight against climate change. But one country or one business alone can’t save everyone. That’s why we need the international meetings and coalitions to coordinate our efforts and strike hard. We need to act now to achieve our main goal: reduce our production of carbon which destabilizes the climate balance and causes impacts on our security and health. The next months will be full of opportunities to strengthen our joint effort and to create new partnerships”.

This is a response to Africa’s disproportionate burden as the result of climate change, the complex shifts that affect our planet’s weather and climate systems. Climate change encompasses not only rising average temperatures but also extreme weather events, rising seas, and shifting wildlife populations and habitats. Africa’s vast ecological wealth and unique natural ecosystems are especially susceptible, which is why Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch a call to action at the Summit “to prevent, halt and reverse the loss of Africa’s forests”.

Already the hottest continent, Africa is expected to warm up to 1.5 times faster than the global average, causing longer, more severe droughts, raging storms and floods and unpredictable rainfall. This will make it harder for African farmers to grow key crops such as wheat, rice and maize, thereby endangering food security. Add to that the expected population spurt in Africa, the youngest continent, and the challenges are daunting. According to a UN report, Africa will have an additional 1.3 billion people by 2050. Most of the growth will happen in the cities, posing a challenge for African governments to ensure smart and sustainable urban planning.

This is the context within which Kenya’s decision to co-host the One Planet Summit and actively fight climate change becomes significant. In the run-up to the Summit, Monica Juma, cabinet secretary in Kenya’s ministry of foreign affairs, said, “We’ve begun to frame Nairobi as the world global environmental capital.” She indicated that Kenya was determined to upscale discussions on the sustainable use of natural resources in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

A lot of jargon has been thrown around – better land management, biodiversity protection, the promotion of renewable energy and the need to foster resilience and adaptation among populations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. These are not merely symbolic for Africa. They are substantial. The continent is uniquely placed in the climate change debate. It has both immense challenges and extraordinary opportunities.

Preservation of biodiversity is a key issue for the African continent. Experts say climate change, alongside land degradation and habitat loss, could cause some African animal species to decline by as much as 50 per cent by the end of the century. The threat to Africa’s forests is dire. Nearly 20 per cent of the African continent is covered by forests, including the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, the Congo Basin Forest, known as the “green lung of Africa.” As President Kenyatta will say in his call to action at the One Planet Summit, “forests constitute a resource of great economic, cultural, spiritual and scientific value whose disappearance would be irrecoverable”. In November, Patricia Espinsoa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said: “Few other places on earth suffer the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss like the continent of Africa.”

Some African entrepreneurs are already investing in innovation and green energy. Malian Samba Bathily, CEO of Africa Development Solutions, recently said that as he crossed the continent, he felt proud to have been “…involved in the production of more than 1,000 MW of hydro-electric power… the creation of data centres and solar installations in more than 1,600 localities, benefiting between nine and 10m people”. Bathily incidentally supports the two-year-old Ghana-headquartered AfroChampions Initiative, which seeks to build up homegrown multi-national companies across the continent. In itself, AfroChampions is a powerful indicator of African optimism and opportunity, despite the challenges.

Accordingly, the One Planet Summit in Nairobi could usefully signal to the wider world both an urgent need to act as well as deliberative intent. How?

The One Planet Summit seems to be built for innovation. Unlike other, more crusty United Nations climate change conferences, this summit is young. It was born on a whim and a prayer in December 2017, when Macron hosted more than 50 world leaders in Paris to celebrate the anniversary of the UN climate compact agreed in the French capital in 2015. America’s newly elected president Donald Trump had announced the withdrawal from the Paris pact of the United States, the world’s second biggest polluter after China. The painfully forged international consensus on climate action seemed to be unravelling. There seemed little certainty about the fate of the pledges produced in Paris, under the aegis of the UN, to hold the increase in the global average temperature to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Macron’s One Planet Summit might well have been a one-off, an ambitious irrelevance.

It was not as the next One Planet Summit in New York was to reveal with greater adepts.

All the talk in New York was about green finance, collaboration and investing in the transition to de-carbonised economies. Disparate countries reported on actual progress as well as their very real problems. There was mention of two pan-African science skills courses, which were launched in July 2018 in Nairobi and Dakar. This will be important in building an African scientific community to prepare for climate change and agricultural adaptation. Reported accomplishments included the incubation of seven programmes to support trans-boundary river basin organizations by the Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank is supporting the Niger Basin Authority. The 2018 One Planet Summit said 1.5 million euros had been committed to 30 countries in Africa, where 20 adaptation projects had already been identified.

This could be the right way to invest in the future. Joyce Msuya, a Tanzanian microbiologist who serves as Acting Executive Director of UN Environment, recently pointed to an example of African “ingenuity” when faced with climate change. “On February 7,” she said, “a boat made entirely of recycled plastic — the world’s first — cruised into a quiet harbour in Zanzibar after two weeks at sea.” It was, Msuya added, a remarkable example of human ingenuity and offered the possibility Africa can affect “systemic change”.

Will it have the resources for it? Strategic assistance will be essential. After 2018, it became clear that the One Planet Summit was actively engaging and recruiting public and private actors in the fight against climate change. This will be key for Africa. According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the continent will need $20 to 30 billion every year for the next two decades to help fund climate change adaptation and resilience and accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

When the Paris pact was being signed four years ago, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina declared “Africa has been short-changed by climate change. Africa must not be short-changed by climate finance.”

The Nairobi Summit, which will bring together key world figures, CEOs and civil society leaders, must respond to the call to action.

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