Europe looks to Africa as it seeks to diversify energy supplies

Africa's natural gas export projects

European leaders are confronting the urgent need to diversify energy supplies away from Russia, while also somehow keeping to their commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, that they made – indeed pioneered – at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, just four months ago.

The EU’s plan includes diversifying “gas supplies, via higher liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pipeline imports from non-Russian suppliers, and larger volumes of biomethane and renewable hydrogen production and imports”.

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The issues raised in the article will be discussed at next month’s AIX Energy in Transition meeting, which will be held in London and online over 27-28 April.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, the meeting will examine energy transition strategies and realities across Africa, including the future of gas on the continent, the prospects for hydrogen, carbon-capture, storage and alternative baseloads and the availability of public and private sector climate finance.

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