National Energy Stakeholder
Energy is the foundation of modern life. It is critical for economic development, health, social equality, as well as longevity. Yet, according to the latest statistics by the International Energy Agency (IEA), despite the push to increase investment in energy provisioning for the unserved and underserved populations, around 1.2 billion still lack access to electricity, while another 2.7 billion lack access to clean cooking. What's more, the biggest population of those that do not have access to energy are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that accounts for 13% of the world's population, but only 4% of its energy demand. .
The lack of access to energy has continued to stifle development and amplify inequality. Moreover, for many, its affordability and reliability remain a persistent barrier. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and declining cost of decentralized solutions provide new impetus for accelerating access to sustainable and modern energy for all. The African Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access (ACSEA) has also been engaging with the energy access discourse with a bias on energy for productive use as the primary driver for development in Africa's rural communities. On its part, ACSEA, in partnership with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) embarked on a two-pronged process; (i) mobilizing and organizing energy stakeholders from selected countries across Eastern and the Southern Africa regions and (ii) undertaking energy access studies in selected countries in the two regions (Kenya, Malawi, Zambia & Botswana) in partnership with Vasudha. This therefore gave BCCN a change to convene a national energy stakeholder meeting which focused on energy access for development discourse, with the following as the key/specific objectives: Support delivery of access to decentralized, clean and affordable energy in Botswana; Build the case for the need for increase in investment in both low carbon energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency); Support delivery of the country NDC and realization of Sustainable Development Goal 7.Explore a balanced approach to renewable and fossil fuel energy expansion models.