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Description/achievement of initiative

Africa and the EU will take joint action to achieve concrete and ambitious targets by 2020 on energy access, energy security and renewable energy and energy efficiency (Vienna Declaration 2010)

Implementation methodologies

The AEEP is a longterm framework for structured political dialogue and cooperation between Africa and the EU on energy issues of strategic importance, reflecting African and European priorities. Africa and the EU are committed to provide political leadership so as to establish a conducive environment for energy trade and investment in infrastructure, and to mobilize the adequate resources for the implementation of the objectives of the AEEP. The AEEP Road Map lists the national, regional and continent-wide instruments that form the basis of Africa-EU relations on energy access, energy security and renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) has been launched at the First High-Level Meeting of the AEEP in Vienna, Austria in September 2010 by stakeholders from the two continents. The overall aim of the programme is to contribute to the ambitious political objectives of the AEEP for increasing access to modern energy services in Africa, to improve energy security by accelerating the use of renewable energy in Africa, and thus contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development following a climate-resilient development pathway. The RECP will work to make the continent a prime destination for renewable energy investments, as well as to strengthen institutional, scientific and technological cooperation between Africa and Europe. Available at: Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

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Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


AEEP Co-Chairs and Partners:
African Union Commission.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,

Germany. Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs,

Austria. Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Mauritius.

European Commission.African and EU Implementing Teams (12 African countries and all EU member states).

AEEP Secretariat provided by the EU Energy Initiative - Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF).

Focal Points of Stakeholder Groups (from African and EU private sector, research and civil society organisations):Practical Action (civil society, EU)

KITE Ghana (civil society, Africa).

Alliance for Rural Electrification.

ARE (private sector, EU)

South African Wind Energy Association. SAWEA (private sector, Africa).

Joint Research Centre. JRC (research, EU).

Strathmore University, Kenya (research, Africa)
Declaration of the First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Vienna, 14 September 2010, We, African Ministers responsible for Energy, and European Union (EU) Ministers responsible for Africa-EU energy relations resolve to work within the AEEP to attain the following targets, in the timeframe up to 2020:Energy Access: As a contribution to the African objective of achieving a continent wide rate of access to modern and sustainable energy of around 50 per cent, which means additional 250 million people, Africa and the EU will take joint action to:bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100 million Africans, focusing on sustainable models: to provide energy for basic services (health, education, water, communication); to power productive activities; and to provide safe and sustainable energy services to households.
By 2020: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Africa and the EU will take joint action to increase both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Africa by:building 10 000 MW of new hydropower facilities taking into consideration social and environmental standards; building at least 5 000 MW of wind power capacity;building 500 MW of all forms of solar energy capacity; tripling the capacity of other renewables, such as geothermal, and modern biomass;and improving energy efficiency in Africa in all sectors, starting with the electricity sector, in support of Africa's continental, regional and sectoral targets.
By 2020: Energy Security: Africa and the EU will take joint action to improve energy security by:doubling the capacity of cross border electricity interconnections, both within Africa and between Africa and Europe, thus increasing trade in electricity while ensuring adequate levels of generation capacity; doubling the use of natural gas in Africa, as well as doubling African gas exports to Europe, by building natural gas infrastructure, notably to bring currently flared gas to market.
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 7
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Location: EU, Africa
Date of completion: 2020
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