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ATPS, UNIDO, UNU-MERIT and Korean Government Discuss Diffusion Strategy of Green Industry in Africa

Introductory Session of the workshop on Diffusion Strategies Introductory Session of the workshop on Diffusion Strategies (Click to enlarge) The ATPS in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and UNU-MERIT held a policy makers’ conference to discuss the Diffusion Strategy of Green Technology and Green Industry in Africa. The conference held on 14th June 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya; specifically discussed Renewable Energy Technologies (RET e.g solar, biomass, hydro and wind) in Africa.

The participants shared and discussed results of researches they conducted aimed at identifying the status of green technology diffusion in Africa; and establishment of barriers and driving factors for green technology investments and greening industry in Africa.

The key drivers for adoption of technologies were identified to include unreliable power supply, volatile exchange rates and fuel prices, import duty and VAT exemptions.

Access to finance by importers/developers and users, competition from low quality products, lack of technology information, high production cost in the sugar sector, low skills among technicians and electricians, lengthy financial arrangements contract negotiations and slow IPP approvals were the emerging challenges in the RET market.

The following recommendations were put forth by the participants:

  • Government should orient itself to green innovators and incubate green innovation start ups;
  • Options which require massive subsidies should be avoided;
  • Government should create special points for interaction with green innovators to learn about their problems and ideas for policy change;
  • There is need for a relook into the framing of renewable energy as a concept other than its financial aspects; 
  • Governments should interact more to become relevant in policy regulation;
  • The education sector should interact more with green innovators;
  • There is need for alternative measures to reduce subsidies for fossil fuels and foster green growth; 
  • There is need for industrial policy and environmental regulations on greening industry;
  • There is need for tighter environmental regulation in industrial production.
The conference identified the following possible areas for collaboration on RETs:
  • Waste management technologies; and 
  • Use of alternative green sources of RETs e.g palm kernels, bagasse, wood, rice husks, maize stoves, macadamia shells, coconut shells, sorghum husks, among others.

From the conference, it is clear that bio-economy - the use of organic waste as a cheap feedstock - presents the greatest opportunities for green investment in Africa.

Posted on Monday 1st July, 2013




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