Osinbajo Advocates Climate Justice, More Energy For Africa

Posted on May 6, 2022
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

OMORAGBON ESTHER ABIES

Ahead of the next conference on Climate Change scheduled for Egypt, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advocated climate justice for Africa, noting that a just transition would mean more energy and must include ending global energy poverty.

Osinbajo stated this at a virtual event on climate finance with the theme, ‘Climate Finance and a Just, Equitable Energy Transition for Africa’, organised by The Atlantic Council.

The Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan organization that galvanizes US leadership and engagement in the world, in partnership with allies and partners, to shape solutions to global challenges.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the VP said, “We are already seeing the investment rules limit the technology choices of African countries in ways that do not apply to wealthy nations. Applying a set of standards to Africa that you can’t apply in your own country is the opposite of climate justice.”

Continuing, he said “If the global energy transition is going to become reality, if we are truly, in this climate crisis together, then the priorities of African nations cannot be sidelined. Climate justice must include far greater support for countries with the greatest needs and who contribute the least to global emissions.
It must include investments, not only to mitigate carbon emissions but also to ensure that developing countries can adapt to the impacts of climate change caused by the rich polluting nations. Climate justice must include ending energy poverty. Anything else would be the opposite of justice.”

Speaking to the issue of a just and equitable transition for Africa and others, the VP said, “What is a just transition for countries with no coal and deep energy poverty? A Just Energy Transition means something very different for every other African country, including my own country, Nigeria. For us, a Just Transition means a lot more energy, not less.
He further said, “Climate justice must include ending global energy poverty. Every person on the planet deserves to have modern energy. Every person deserves a job. All modern economies require abundant affordable and reliable energy.

And with the impacts of climate change bearing down on us, every nation must have enough energy to build resilient infrastructure, deliver essential public services, and provide the cooling and air conditioning to withstand a warming planet. I’ll say this again: climate justice must include ending energy poverty.

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