Published in Nature, November 2, 2022.
Energy transition plans leave out African data, priorities and expertise, excluding one billion people on the continent.
Imagine making a data-driven plan for the world, but leaving out more than one billion people in Africa. That’s the troubling truth behind net-zero emissions proposals. Africa lacks three essentials — good data, appropriate models and local technical expertise — that are necessary to develop credible, actionable and equitable energy-transition plans. Unless these gaps are filled, the continent cannot engage meaningfully with the net zero concept and will remain invisible in global climate and energy discussions at COP27, the United Nations climate conference in Egypt next week, and beyond.
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