Energy infrastructure to improve in Africa?

7 December 2010

Energy infrastructure in Africa may benefit from plans to promote clean development mechanism (CDM) activities.

Discussions have taken place involving the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other Nairobi Framework (NF) partners.

As things stand, less than two per cent of all CDM registered projects currently take place within the continent.

Kurt Lonsway, AfDB environment and climate change manager, noted the Africa Carbon Support Programme has been launched as a two-year pilot.

"[It] is designed to screen the bank's project pipeline and portfolio in order to help ... developers access and manage financing for greenhouse gas emission reduction," he added.

The NF has been running since 2006 and it seeks to help countries, especially those located in Sub-Saharan Africa, to get more CDM projects off the ground.

It comes after nine nations in the continent received 280 million Kenyan shillings (£2.3 million) to aid in the efficient use of biomass-based energy.

Category: Energy

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