“Africa has enough resources to power itself entirely with clean energy. Therefore, the question for most of the continent is not about transitioning to clean energy or reducing emissions from power generation, but how to effectively finance clean energy development on the continent. Kelly Murungi, Chief Investment Officer of East African Power
Every year, the African Tech Festival (https://bit.ly/3Uj7v5I) looks at some important and pressing issues in the future socio-economic issues of the African continent and the role that technology and communication can play in facilitating this development. One of the most pressing issues is climate change, and with International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16, there’s no better time than to see what’s on offer at this year’s event. .
We have been hearing from scientists for many years about the dangers of household products and appliances on the ozone layer. Classified as public enemies, cleaning products such as aerosols and shaving foam, as well as absorbing products such as refrigerators and air conditioners, are all believed to damage the ozone layer. Like most of the scientific community’s warnings, everyone ignored the theory until 1985, when a hole in the ozone layer was discovered.
With the planet’s natural solar shield now degraded, the world (especially the corporate world) is forced to redesign aerosols, foam cans, refrigerators, and air conditioners.
The industry has taken swift action, including adapting factories, waste management and recycling. Chief among these is the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which entered into force on September 16, 1987. And in 2008 it was approved by all countries in the world.
These changes have had the effect of helping in the greatest challenge facing our planet – global warming.
One industry that has grown exponentially since the humble days of the ‘low tech’ 1980s is the electronics and communications industry. In the 1980s, perhaps one in three homes in the industrialized world had a personal computer, today that figure has risen to two to three screens per person in a household or more. The global warming impact of producing all these screen-based devices is huge, not to mention the energy needed to fuel them.
The ICT sector is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions such as data centers, for example contributing 2% of global GHG. As such, the sector has the potential to play a role in combating climate change and reducing energy consumption and taking steps to work more sustainably. As a result, the Africa Tech Festival will host a fireside discussion: What is the role of green ICT in combating climate change – on Tuesday November 8 and one Green ICT: Building a continent Powered by sustainable energy as a pathway to affordable and reliable electrification for all.
The fireside chat asks the main question of how the ICT sector can reduce its significant impact on greenhouse gases. The panel will discuss best practices for reducing carbon emissions, as well as the impact of smart grids and smart cities on reducing carbon emissions in Africa.
Regarding Africa’s clean energy development, East Africa Power Director General Kelly Murungi said: “Africa has enough resources to generate itself entirely with clean energy. Therefore, the question for most of the continent is not about transitioning to clean energy or reducing emissions from power generation, but how to effectively finance clean energy development on the continent.
The AfricaCom keynote, titled ‘How Carbon Reduction Can Accelerate the Creation of a Digital Economy’, will highlight the biggest question for the African continent, which is how governments can deal with climate change without affecting the basic needs of the people. .
Although Africa may still have many challenges on its way, there are many opportunities for rapid growth if the right questions are asked, such as how the continent can get ahead of the cold and collaborate across countries to build cost-effective energy projects, for example, James Williams, Director, Events | Connecting Africa Informa Tech
“The future of Africa’s economy depends on the continent’s rapid development of ICT and related infrastructure, but all future projects and emissions must be aligned with international best practice in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” added Williams. “Our hope is that Africacom will play an important role in connecting entrepreneurs, large corporations and key public sector actors to create local innovations that will help drive these changes.”
It is also appropriate to attend:
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 14:00 – 14:45
Panel: Africa’s future must be driven by renewable energy.
Although sub-Saharan countries (excluding South Africa) are responsible for only 0.55% of carbon emissions, 7 of the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Africa. This session explores how the continent can use its vast resources to become a leader in renewable energy production and reduce its vulnerability to climate change.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 14:45 – 15:30
Fireside Discussion: Promoting Sustainable Energy as Affordable and Reliable Electrification for All and as a Central Pillar of Africa’s 4IR
Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:50 – 13:15
Fireside Chat: Central Africa’s Role in the Green Energy Revolution
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Wednesday, November 2022, 6pm-8pm
The Africa Tech Festival Awards announced the winner of the Green ICT Championship of the Year, a special recognition for an individual or organization leading the development and integration of sustainable energy solutions.
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About Africa Tech Festival 2022:
The Africa Tech Festival, including AfricaCom and AfricaTech, is part of the Infotech Connect Africa event. A vibrant celebration of Africa’s diverse technology champion community, Africa Tech Festival is Africa’s largest technology and digital communication conference and exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors, over 400 speakers and an impressive 20,000 registrants in 2021. The key themes of 2022 continue. Explore the creation and sustainability of a connected Africa and the impact this can have on the people of the continent, as well as business prospects for local and global businesses and governments. Topics include 4IR for Africa, Connecting the Next Billion, Digital Infrastructure Investment, Green ICT and Sustainability, ICT Policy and Regulation, Future of Work and Talent and Skills Development. The African Tech Festival also includes AHUB and the African Tech Festival Awards.
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