Low Carbon Low Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer (LCET) Programme Workshop (15 December 2021) Virtually via Zoom


Title of event Experiences and lessons learned from LCET programme – Towards net zero emission in African countries
Date 15 December 2021
Workshop: 9:00 – 11:00 (CET) / 17:00-19:00 (JST)
Matchmaking session: 11:00 – 12:00 (CET) / 19:00-20:00 (JST)
Lead organizer UNIDO
Partner entity Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC
Contact person Alexandru Ceban, a.ceban@unido.org, UNIDO
Takuma Imamura, takuma.imamura@tohmatsu.co.jp, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC
Registration link Workshop registration form

1. Context and objectives
Energy poverty is a pressing development issue for many African countries, where approximately two-thirds of the population are estimated to lack access to electricity as a result of inadequate generation capacity, limited electrification, unreliable services, and high energy costs. Around 590 million people were deemed to be energy impoverished, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Industries and companies have also been impacted by the lack of stable access to electricity, having suffered frequent power disruptions thus having to opt for non-renewable sources of energy as alternatives to maintain operation. Energy demand in Africa is expected to increase further over the next three decades as the population grows and increasingly migrates to urban centres. Population in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to double by 2050 compared to 2019, while the growth rate for North and West Africa is estimated to increase by 46% for the same period. Moreover, the population of African cities is estimated to increase by 950 million people by 2050 or approximately two-thirds of the expected population growth. This represents an increase of 500 million people who will be in living in areas that need access to stable electricity and cooling facilities, and corresponding need for additional energy.
Introducing clean energy technologies is central to meeting the rising demands and achieving sustainability. Africa has high potential in utilizing renewable energy sources of generating electricity with an abundance of solar, hydro, and wind resources. All 54 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement and have submitted ambitious targets towards emissions reductions and introducing renewable technology.
Recognizing this, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of the Government of Japan have jointly implemented the Low Carbon Low Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer (LCET) programme in selected African countries since 2013. The objective of the programme is threefold. It aims to 1.) reduce energy poverty, 2.) support low carbon industrialization and 3.) address climate change.
With the LCET programme scheduled to conclude at the end of 2021, UNIDO is exploring possible future cooperation, including the implementation of new technology programmes, to contribute to the further diffusion of clean energy technologies to African countries. In this context, UNIDO, in collaboration with Deloitte Tohmatsu, conducted the research analysis about lessons learned and best practices gained guring the implementation of the LCET programme in Morocco, Ethiopia and Kenya. In addition, the research examinined external factors and challenges related to the implementation of clean energy projects in a total of 10 countries in Africa, and developped policy recommendations based on these findings.
This workshop will aim at sharing the results of these analyses and policy recommendations as well as building strengthened networks among stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies in Africa.

2. Language
The workshop will be held in English only. No interpretation will be provided.

3. Workshop agenda
MC – Alexandru Ceban, Project Associate, Department of Energy, UNIDO

9:00 – 9:05
Opening remarks
- Ms. Mineko Ota, Director of Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Bureau, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
9:05 – 9:15 Introduction of the workshop
- Mr. Naoki Torii, Industrial Development Expert, Department of Energy, UNIDO
9:15 – 9:55 Presentation (Theme: best practices and lessons learned, state of play and recommendations to enhance the dissemination of LCET in Africa)
- Mr. Samuel Alterescu, Vice President, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC.
- Mr. Raymond Caguya, Project Manager for Climate Change, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC.
9:55 – 10:10 Q&A
10:10 – 10:55 Panel discussion
- Mr. Hiroshi Oishi, Chief Technical Advisor, Department of Energy, UNIDO

- Mr. Hicham Bouzekri, Director of Research and Development and Industrial Integration, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
- Ms. Mariko Furukawa, Expert of Business Development in Renewable Energy and Environmental Technology
- Mr. Naoshige Kinoshita, Deputy Head and Principal External Relations and Communication Officer, Asia External Representation Office, African Development Bank
- Ms. Doreen Wanjiru Irungu, National Technical Advisor of LCET Kenya project, expert in renewable energy and capacity building for energy projects
10:55 – 11:00 Closing remarks- Mr. Tareq Emtairah, Director, Department of Energy, UNIDO
11:00 – 12:00 Matchmaking session

4. Matchmaking session

After the workshop, matchmaking sessions will be organized with the objective of providing the opportunity to the public sector in African countries, UNIDO, the financial sector and technology providers to have the opportunity to discuss topics more in detail. Prior to the workshop, a survey will be conducted with the expected participants to determine whether they are interested to participate in the matchmaking sessions, know their topic/s of interest, and who they are interested to talk to for further implementation of LCETs.
As options, it wll be envisaged (1) one-to-one matchmaking or (2) breakout rooms’ session*
In the one-to-one matchmaking, for example, participants from the public sector or financial institutions could be asked in advance about the technological solutions or themes they are interested in, and then matched with specific technology providers.
The breakout rooms’ session will also consider limiting the stakeholder segments (e.g. only technology providers), and allowing the private sector to lobby the state and stakeholders on specific topics (e.g. financial mobilisation, technology, etc.).

*Examples of topics in the breakout room

  • Energy storage needs and solutions
  • Off-grid solutions
  • Needs for the public sector in a specific country
  • Solutions from the private sector
  • Financial sector interest and products

After the matchmaking session, follow-up e-mails or surveys will be sent to participants to check if there is any interest for further engagement with a specific organization.