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COP27 Side Events

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Climate Compatible Growth Programme:
CO27 Side Events

Energy in Africa: a Just Transition
Decision-making Tools | Finance | Transport

07 November to 11 November
Sharm El Sheik and online
Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino

CCG is hosting five days of side events during COP27 bringing global experts and policy practitioners together for discussion. The overarching theme of Energy in Africa: a Just Transition will include sessions covering decision-making tools, finance, transport, and more. CCG is pleased to be joined by two programmes funded by UK Aid, Modern Energy Cooking Services and High Volume Transport.

Speakers will join from an array of important international organizations (including ADB, AfDB, Climate Parliament, ESCAP, GIZ, IEA, SE4All, UNOPS, WB, WRI) research institutions (including Imperial College London, University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford) and policymakers from Kenya, Lao PDR, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.

Side events will include discussion on CCG’s work with the UK Government’s Energy Transition Council, the Green Grids Initiative, E-mobility in Africa, Materials, Macro-economics, Policies for co-benefits, modelling for decision-making, gender quality and social inclusion, and more. These will be done in coordination with the negotiation process, the Africa Pavilion and the themes of COP27 itself.

More details, and how to register for this event, will be coming soon.


A strong consensus has emerged among scientists, policymakers, and development practitioners that climate change poses complex challenges to the sustainable development plans of countries in Africa. At the same time, this offers an opportunity to revise the development agenda to make it more proactive to climate-resilient development objectives.

The themes of CCG’s COP27 Side Events explore these challenges and opportunities, and are described below. As the sessions develop and discussions are held, we will update these key messages.

Energy in Africa: a Just Transition

In general, the Africa theme will consist of debates/discussions around African ownership of development processes, creating and enhancing shared knowledge assets, bridging the gap between policy makers, practitioners (including the private sector), and the research community. The theme will also address the integration of key sectors for development such as agriculture, water, transport, urbanization, and – in particular – energy. All this must be done in the context of a just transition, both in terms of adequate support for development in low-income countries and in terms of making sure all groups of society are benefited.

Key Messages

  • Africa’s energy sector (and other infrastructure) still needs development. The energy future of Africa will need strategic infrastructure investment that takes a holistic approach.
  • Finance models need to bring public and private sector finance together.
  • However, climate financing is notoriously difficult for Africa. This challenge must be addressed and new, co-created solutions and approaches found.
  • Enabling environments need to be created to strengthen individual and institutional capacity for sustained climate action.
  • Strong partnerships, both national and international, are critical if Africa is to address its development objectives.

Decision-making Tools

Integrated planning models and qualitative analyses are critical for developing actionable energy and transport system pathways targeted at country-specific development priorities. The theme will present and showcase the tools and analyses for wider sector interactions with energy and transport systems and evidence to inform the development of policies and programmes focused on climate compatible growth.

Key Messages

  • Research must be ‘demand-led’ and focused on ‘real-world’ processes.
  • The evidence-base for this research must be strengthened, as must the promotion of evidence uptake in policymaking and investment decision-making.
  • Co-creation and ownership of research products is critical if strategies are to be effective and bought into by multiple stakeholders.


Financing climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts can simultaneously address poverty reduction and sustainable development concerns in Africa. Climate finance can be the catalyst for leveraging private and public resources, opening new economic opportunities, promiting technology deployment, and transforming development pathways.

Key Messages

  • Finance must be easier to access for lower-income countries.
  • This will have global climate and development benefits.
  • New tools and processes must be co-designed by multiple stakeholders to ensure the success of mitigation and adaptation projects.
  • Just transition principles and ownership inclimate finance is critical if it is to have a lasting societal impact.


Transport is responsible for a large share of GHG emissions, and this trend is expected to increase with rapid urbanization. Meeting growing transport demand while reducing emissions is both an imperative and an opportunity that will consist an array of strategies around more efficient transport systems and vehicles, changes in travel behaviour, use of cleaner fuels, and new low-carbon vehicle technologies. The theme will discuss how climate compatible technology and development, such as electromobility, can deliver important co-benefits, in addition to GHG emission reduction, such as improving air quality, improving energy infrastructures, new jobs, and opportunities for local value creation.

Key Messages

  • Successful and resilience transport policies require integration with other sectors.
  • There are potentially significant benefits to the electrififcation of transport in Low- and Middle-Income countries, but the barriers to this must not be ignored.
  • Finance, technology transfer, and effective governance will all be needed if low-carbon transport is to be achieved.