”The future of energy is sustainable and renewable energy”, said Sweden’s Ambassador Inger Ultvedt when opening the Swedish-West African Conference on Sustainable Energy Solutions in Accra, Ghana on 15 November.
Participants were very honored by the presence of Ghana’s Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, H.E. Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, and speakers from ECOWAS, the Energy Commission of Ghana, the Volta River Authority and the African Development Bank.
Today, more than half of the energy used in Sweden comes from renewable energy sources. By 2040, the Swedish Government has set the target of 100% renewable electricity production. Sweden’s progress is and would not have been possible without innovative Swedish businesses and solutions paving the way forward. Such Swedish companies, ABB, Metrum, FLIR Systems, Stella Futura, were represented in Accra to partner and foster sustainable business with West African partners.
The development of sustainable energy in West Africa presents challenges, but mostly incredible opportunities. The Swedish delegation was a practical expression of Sweden’s commitment to partner with West Africa on sustainable energy development.