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Africa means business with radical solar energy announcement

1 December 2015 - Christian Aid has described Africa's announcement today that it will deliver 300 million gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030 as 'game changing'.

Endorsed by African heads of state and governments, the African Renewable Energy Initiative is designed to radically transform the continent's energy system by supporting low-carbon, economic development while enhancing energy security.

It will achieve 10GW of new and additional renewable energy generation capacity by 2020 and mobilise the African potential to generate 300 GW by 2030.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Advisor, said "This is a game changer for Africa. To put it in context Africa's current total energy output is 150GW. This would deliver double that amount and all of it clean and renewable.

"It's a major contribution towards meeting Africa's energy needs, it will both ensure energy access for the poor and cut climate pollution. These are meaningful and practical benefits for everyone.

"This is an exceptional moment in Africa's history, I am proud to see Africa, despite its current low emissions, lead the world in realising these easily available and under utilised natural resources. Increased access to renewable energy will drastically increase the well-being of energy-poor Africans.     

"What we now need is for world leaders to support this effort and get behind Africa's renewable energy revolution."


For more information contactJoe Ware atjware@christian-aid.org.The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is07850 242950.

Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

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