A perspective on Just Energy Transitions in Africa
One of the key expected outcomes from the upcoming COP27 summit is for earnest action to be taken by global climate leaders to close the enormous funding gap that is restraining the ability of African countries to transition to low-carbon economies. A central feature of this transition involves the sustained displacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy and complementary technologies. This transformation process, however, must be carefully managed in such a way that the net social and economic benefits outweigh the costs. In this webinar, we offer a perspective on what the structural changes to more environmentally sustainable energy systems may mean for a number of African countries. We also offer insights into energy transitions within the distinct developmental circumstances and energy structures of these countries, along with highlighting the likely implications for energy investment and the factors to be considered in the climate deliberations at COP27 in Egypt.
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Private: Deon Fourie
Deon Fourie is a senior economist at Oxford Economics Africa (OE Africa) where he undertakes specialised consulting projects and is responsible for the economic analysis and forecasting of Lesotho and eSwatini. Deon has 12 years’ professional experience obtained in key public and private sector institutions with special interests in sustainable and inclusive economic development, macroeconomics, energy transitions, systems, markets and industry development, environmental responsibility, socio-economic upliftment, circular economies, infrastructure development, policy development, business management and strategy formulation. Before joining OE Africa in 2021, Deon was a consulting manager and senior economist at Pegasys Strategy and Management Consulting. Prior to this, he was acting head economist at the Independent Power Producers (IPP) Office of South Africa, employed through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Deon has further worked in different economic, advisory and analytical capacities at the National Treasury of South Africa, Econometrix (Pty) Ltd and TradeMark Southern Africa (a regional integration programme funded by the U.K. Department for International Development). Deon has a Master of Commerce (M.Com) degree in Economics with a focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Storage systems from North-West University (NWU), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) Honours degree in Economics with specialisation in International Business and B.Com degree in Economics with specialisation in Financial and Strategic Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA), both obtained with distinction.
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