Angola Reaffirms Commitment to Solar, Wind Energy

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Angola’s Vice President, Esperança da Costa, confirmed that the government has intensified its commitment to the use of solar and wind energy to diversify the energy matrix aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

She noted that the commitment falls within the scope of the use of the country’s water resources to produce green hydrogen generated by renewable or low-carbon energy.

Da Costa disclosed this while addressing a ceremony to launch a digital green industry corridor, as part of COP27, underway in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

In her speech, she stated that;

“The diversification of the energy matrix in Angola is in line with the commitment of Glasgow (Scotland), on climate change.

“The country’s commitment to the implementation of environmentally friendly industrial parks, through the territorial planning of areas to ensure the continued growth of this type of project.”

As for the African countries, Esperança da Costa reiterated their commitment to increase their energy matrix to 70 per cent of clean energy.

On the occasion, the Vice President of the Republic highlighted the continent’s effort toward socioeconomic and industrial development goals, which calls for accelerated progress.

She explained that this was an accelerated progress toward expanding energy capacity and creation of jobs for young people and has warned of the need to invest in clean energy sources. She also noted that the investment must be complemented by the rapid absorption of natural gas, as a clean transition fuel.

She further 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.

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