Energy is the prime mover of all the sectors. Since 2000, global energy consumption has increased by about a third and is projected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future. 83% of the energy we use comes from fossil fuels. Oil is the biggest energy source followed by coal and natural gas. This makes green energy innovation essential. A just and clean energy transition potentially ensures vast socio-economic benefits to countries across Africa, especially in sub-Saharan Africa thereby improving access to affordable energy, unlocking income generation opportunities locally and scaling up energy security to enhance the socio-economic standards.

Decentralised renewable energy (DRE) as a solution has been at the forefront of this PWCET series whereby ARE and GBE strongly advocate for the application and implementation of DRE technologies in order to bring access to power as well as enhance the existing grid in sub-Saharan Africa. This ambition is on track to achieve a clean energy transition with a community-centric approach where the local citizens take interest and part in their energy demand and supply infrastructures.

For the final webinar of their renowned PWCET series, ARE and GBE will engage the DRE sector experts to discuss the status of SDG 7 today and how it is contributing to the overall energy transition, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.



Opening and welcome remarks
Jens Jaeger, Director of Policy & Business Development, ARE

Deepak Mohapatra, Senior Officer – Business & Market Development, ARE 

Keynote speech
Bärbel Höhn, Special Representative for Energy in Africa, BMZ

Presentation of final PWCET series report
Deepak Mohapatra, Senior Officer – Business & Market Development, ARE

Speaker interventions

  • Lucia Kamati, Senior Project Manager, Africa GreenTec
  • Imane Benamar, Business Development for East Africa, Turbulent Hydro
  • Caroline Plaza, Managing Director France, Becquerel Institute
  • Christian Schattenmann, Head of Energy Access, Bamboo Capital Partners

Interaction with the audience

Closing remarks
Dorothea Otremba, Senior Advisor, GIZ



Date events
14 September 2023


Deepak Mohapatra

Senior Officer, Business & Market Development

+32 2 400 10 00