EfD Ethiopia conducted a dialogue workshop on sustainable energy transition with senior experts from relevant stakeholders on April 26, 2023. The Ethiopian team of the Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) program hosted the event to shed light on the topic of a green energy transition.
The meeting was attended by relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ministry of Transport and Logistics, Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, and Addis Ababa University. The dialogue was conducted as part of the IGE 2023 program, which aims to identify key challenges and opportunities connected to the use of economic policy instruments for a sustainable energy transition in Ethiopia.
Hailemariam Teklewold (Who leads the Ethiopia IGE program in Ethiopia) informed the participants about the IGE capacity-building program and the overall objective of the program for 2023-2027. He also highlighted the program achievements in 2021 and 2022.
During the discussion, the participants raised different concerns and challenges that might affect Ethiopia’s path to a sustainable energy transition. The discussion mainly focused on biomass dependency, green building, energy conservation/energy efficiency, waste to energy, biofuel development, institutional coordination for the energy sector, private sector engagement, smart city, and consideration of dispersed/marginalized communities in the sustainable energy transition process.
Ethiopia has an ambitious low-carbon development strategy, the Climate Resilient Green Economic Strategy, which was started in 2011 and aspires to build a climate-resilient green economy and help Ethiopia achieve lower-middle-income status by 2025 while keeping emission levels reasonably low. Two of the four pillars of implementing the strategy include expanding electricity generation from renewable sources and leapfrogging to energy-efficient technologies.