Thursday June 30
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (SAST)
The Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA), in partnership with Enlit Africa and WISE Africaorganizes a webinar to discuss the likely impact of the energy transition on job creation, energy, water and food security.
The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) represents $8.5 billion that could be mobilized over the next three to five years to support South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. climate change.
While the jury is still out on how exactly this money will be used to put South Africa’s energy sector on a low-carbon path, changes in the energy sector are affecting everything from creating water and food security jobs.
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Black business in South Africa and just energy transition – are we ready?
The use of renewable energy in agri-food systems is essential to create a sustainable support strategy for inclusive rural development. Renewable energy could improve food and water security, boost industrial productivity and deliver socio-economic benefits as countries seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to take advantage of JETP money to relaunch the use of renewable energies in agri-food systems? Or climate finance to mitigate droughts and other weather-related shocks?
Effect of war on energy security
Then, a more recent development affecting energy, food, water and financial security worldwide is the Ukraine-Russia conflict. A recent UN report on the overall impact of the war in Ukraine on energy, energy and financial systems stressed that war is fueling a three-dimensional crisis that is already hitting the world’s most vulnerable people, countries and economies. Preliminary analysis suggests that as many as 1.7 billion people in 107 economies worldwide are exposed to at least one of the three risks highlighted by the Global Crisis Response Group – food, energy and financial.
The plans recommended by the Panel particularly target Africa, as the countries of the continent are among the most vulnerable to looming crises.
SA and the energy transition
The South African energy sector plays an important role in the growth of the country’s economy. There is, however, a low participation of black professionals, especially black women at the strategic and business level. The Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA) was formed to meet the aspirations of black industry participants.
BEPA represents the specific interest of black people with the goal of achieving broad and transparent participation in all energy sectors. BEPA actively tries to create solutions and solve the problems faced by black professionals involved or willing to play a role in the sector.
Webinar participants will delve into some of the ways the energy transition will affect job creation, food, water and financial security and ask themselves what can be done about it?
- Kiren Maharaj, President, South African National Energy Association
- Roland Nkwain Ngam, program manager: climate justice & socio-ecological transformation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
- Nokwanda Maseko, Senior Economist, Trade Industry and Policy Strategies (TIPS)
- Mfundo Xulu ka Dlamini, Program Manager, Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Program ((iREREP)