Nigeria, others kick as EU allegedly manipulates Africa renewable energy projects


About 200 African civil society organisations have condemned European countries for allegedly manipulating and compromising the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), The Guardian reports.

The civil society groups’ grouse is that at a recent board meeting, France and the European Commission abused their position as donors to override the views of several Africans on the AREI board, by announcing and pushing through approval of 19 projects that were not subject to AREI evaluation criteria or social, environmental and gender safeguards.

The initiative was launched in 2015 in Paris during COP21 as an African-led initiative with the goal of providing at least 10 GW of new renewable energy to Africa’s peoples by 2020, and put the continent on course to add at least another 300 GW and achieve universal access to energy for all Africans by 2030.