New Energy for Africa: Co-operative – Decentralized – Renewable, 27 June 2017
New Energy for Africa
Co-operative – Decentralized – Renewable
27 June 2017
Haus der DZ BANK, Pariser Platz 3, 10117 Berlin
An energy supply that is decentralized and citizen-friendly is an important element of the “Cornerstones of a Marshall Plan with Africa” presented by Federal Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller in January 2017. Decentralized energy solutions can make a fast and effective contribution to energy supply in rural areas in Africa. They also promote economic development and generate urgently needed jobs, new income and regional added value. A decentralized energy supply based on renewable energy is both an opportunity and a challenge for Africa.
In Germany, civil engagement is part of the success story of our energy system transformation. Citizens, municipalities and regional stakeholders have not only accelerated the development of renewable energies but also ensured broad acceptance among the population. It is the 850 energy co-operatives that have been founded in the past 10 years that allow active public participation.
Can the know-how of German cooperatives – particularly in the field of renewable energy – be used for cooperation with our African partners? Can positive experiences with the decentralized energy transition be shared with African partner countries? How can cooperatives, municipalities and other decentralized actors get involved in a common effort with Africa?
These and other questions will be discussed at the congress “New Energy for Africa: Co-operative – Decentralized – Renewable”.
From 9.00 a.m.: Admission and registration of participants
10.00 – 10.10 a.m.: Introduction: Cooperatives Promote Sustainable Development
Dr. Eckhard Ott, CEO, German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation
10.10 – 10.30 a.m.: Africa, Continent of Opportunities: Energy as a Driver of Development
Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
10.30 – 10.50 a.m.: Uganda: Energy and Development
Irene Muloni (tbc), Minister for Energy and Raw Materials, Uganda
10.50 – 11.05 a.m.: Decentralized, Citizen-Friendly Energy Production in Development Cooperation
Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
11.05 – 11.15 a.m.: Opportunities of Productive Energy Use in Rural Areas
Peter Pichler, Independent Development Consultant with GaiaAfrica
11.15 – 12.30 p.m.: Discussion: Cooperatives and Municipalities – Partners for Africa
Josef Göppel, Member of the German Parliament
Katharina Habersbrunner, Board of the Bürgerenergiegenossenschaft BENG eG
Manuel de Araújo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique
Günter Mögele, 2nd Mayor of Wildpoldsried
Serge Etoundi, entrepreneur in the solar industry from Cameroon
Moderation: Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General at Directorate 31 – Environment and Infrastructure, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
12.30 – 2.00 p.m.: Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 p.m.: Workshops:
Energy Dialogue with Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
Forum 1: Energy Cooperatives – Energy Dialogue
Forum 2: Municipalities – Cooperatives – Municipal Companies
Forum 3: New Energy – Decentralized Energy
3.00 – 3.15 p.m.: Closing Remarks
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
3.15 – 4.00 p.m.: Ending with coffee & cake
Participation is free. The number of participants is limited.
The conference language will be German. German will be translated simultaneously into English.