The Vice President of Angola has reiterated the country’s commitment to diversifying its energy matrix by adding solar and wind energy to the mix.
Her. Excellency Esperança da Costa said government has intensified its commitment to the use of solar and wind energy in order to diversify the energy matrix aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Esperança da Costa said the commitment falls within the scope of the use of the country’s water resource to produce green hydrogen generated by renewable or low-carbon energy.
Addressing a ceremony to launch the digital green industry corridor, as part of COP27 underway in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the Vice President said that the diversification of the energy matrix in Angola is in line with the commitments made at Glasgow, on climate change.
The Vice President stressed the country’s commitment to the implementation of environmentally-friendly industrial parks, through the territorial planning of areas to ensure the continued growth of these types of projects.
As for the African countries, Esperança da Costa reiterated their commitment to increase their energy matrix to 70% of clean energy.
She highlighted the continent’s effort toward socio-economic and industrial development goals, which calls for accelerated progress.
She said that this was an accelerated progress toward expanding energy capacity and creation of jobs for young people, having warned of the need to invest in clean energy sources.
The official also noted that the investment must be complemented with rapid absorption of natural gas, as a clean transition fuel.
The Vice President also pointed to several challenges that restrict the processing role of gas in Africa.
She defended the expansion of gas infrastructure, the development of sound energy plans and competitive gas markets.
Esperança da Costa considered it necessary to create initiatives to mobilise investments and financing for the private sector and promote the regional integration of natural gas markets.
As for the launch of the digital green industry corridor, she said it was an initiative promoted by the African Union to favour the adaptation of smart technologies by operators in Africa and create green jobs in urban corridors, for the continent’s youth.