Africa 'Needs Better Policies On Renewable Energy'

24 February 2012

allAfrica.com (SciDev.Net) - February 23, 2012

Nairobi — Inadequate policies and regulations, rather than a lack of funding, is the main reason for Africa's failure to exploit its huge renewable energy potential, according to Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

His comments came at the launch of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report in Kenya, at the 12th special session of the governing council this week (20-22 February). The event also marked the African launch of the UN's International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

The report, 'Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa', discusses how to tackle the obstacles preventing Africa from scaling up its renewable energy production.

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