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With Egypt hosting COP27, the spotlight was once again thrown on the massive challenges Africa faces in tackling climate change and also the opportunities it may create. In our series Conversations on Africa COP27, Tim Scales, Head of the Africa Group and Co-Head of the Global Projects Practice, asked four A&O partners to give their perspective and see what Africa COP means to them.
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The spotlight turns on Africa

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As the continent looks to bridge the huge gap between demand and supply in the energy and infrastructure sectors (which is only set to widen with continued population growth and accelerating urbanisation), the resources and technologies that African governments choose to deploy will have a major impact on efforts to tackle global climate change.

Should Africa choose economic growth, focus on energy transition or can it pursue both?

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Some believe Africa must choose whether development or energy transition should come first. But as Guled Yusuf, an Arbitration partner working extensively in Africa, tells Tim, it doesn’t have to be a case of either/or.

Putting energy transition back on track in North Africa

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Covid-19, market volatility, disrupted supply chains and the war in Ukraine have all had an impact on the financing and roll out of renewable energy projects in North Africa. But as Tim hears from Antoine Haddad, a partner based in Casablanca, the pace is picking up again.

Morocco – great progress, but more to do in energy transition

Morocco’s ambitions to be a global leader in fighting climate change have made significant progress. But, as Antoine Haddad explains, recent challenges mean it still has more to do to meet its targets and the world’s expectations.

Reaching for opportunities in an energy crisis in South Africa

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Renewable energy and market reforms are helping to take the pressure off South Africa’s broken electricity system. But as Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Clüver, partners in A&O’s Johannesburg office, tell Tim, the wider challenges are immense and it’s time to turn talk into action.

Africa’s energy transition will take time

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Concluding our series on COP27, Tim calls for a pragmatic approach, recognising that, vital though energy transition is, it will not happen overnight.

We hope you find the series insightful. With the right support and investment, all the evidence, we believe, indicates that energy transition will inevitably accelerate, given time. And as COP27 concludes, that is a reason for real optimism.