Since 2015, AEBIOM is an active partner of the RECP initiative, launched by EU and Africa heads of state under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP). AEBIOM plays an important role helping to mobilise European bioenergy companies for joint-business development in African renewable energy markets. For additional information, contact us.
Waste to Bioenergy Africa: Harnessing the Potential (26 September 2017)
ExpoBiomasa, Valladolid, Spain
Waste to Bioenergy Africa: Harnessing the Potential was an information event held in the context of ExpoBiomasa showcasing opportunities in African biomass and how the RECP Finance Catalyst assists project collaborations. Learn more about the fast-developing markets and hear the expertise of companies active on the continent by downloading the presentations below:
Biomass Residues & Waste in Southern Africa (Webinar)
AEBIOM teamed up with the World Bioenergy Association for this Webinar on Biomass Residues & Waste in Southern Africa, held 12th of June. Held in collaboration with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), the webinar covered sources of bioenergy residues and waste across the region, presented case studies of existing collaborations between European and African counterparts, as well as favourable policies in the respective countries. The RECP presented its services and its advisory Finance Catalyst, while representatives from the private-sector shared experiences of doing business in the region.
AEBIOM organised a webinar April 20th on Exploring Solid Biomass in Rwanda & Uganda, supported by the RECP. The webinar covered available resources, technologies, and prospective business partners, while contextualising the political ambitions of Rwanda and Uganda to optimise bioenergy usage. The RECP also presented its services. Presentations and the full recording can be accessed below.
RECP conducted a market study to assess and explore the potential for renewable energy in the captive power market segment in Nigeria given its abundant renewable energy resources and serious interest to develop its renewable energy industry.
This study focuses especially on the agriculture and food processing sector, in which opportunities for biomass energy and solar energy clearly arise. In addition, a comprehensive guide to captive renewable energy project development has been formulated. Another key outcome of this study is the identification of potential captive power projects in Nigeria, for which a database is being developed. Download the study here.
What is RECP?
In light of these challenges, more than 35 African and European Ministers launched the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), a multi-donor instrument of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP). The objective of the programme is to support market development for meso-scale renewable energy technologies in Africa in order to harness the untapped potential and meet current and future energy needs. The RECP supports African and European companies to join forces and invest, while engaging with finance institutions and governments, with the objective of increasing private investment in renewable energy in Africa. Building upon many years of international experience and involvement of African partners, the RECP has extensive knowledge of African markets and funding instruments.
Why Invest in Africa?
Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy has more than doubled since 2000. The International Energy Agency estimates that energy demand will increase by 80% until 2040, as a result of a growing middle class, urbanisation and high population growth rates. Africa has substantial renewable energy resources, which are largely untapped, especially for bioenergy. Throughout the continent, stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society have demonstrated their commitment to renewable energy and a number of projects have been successfully developed. While Latin America and Asia are the markets of today, Africa will be the market of tomorrow. For European companies this poses significant investment opportunities to engage in Africa’s renewable energy markets. However, challenges remain. Lack of market information hinders the identification of opportunities and the establishment of business relations. High capital costs, as well as the complicated access to dedicated finance options delay investments. Remaining gaps in the regulatory framework need to be closed and local skills and capacities need improvement.
How can European Bioenergy Companies
Benefit from RECP?
The coherent and integrated approach of the RECP includes activities to facilitate your business throughout the development and investment process – from project planning to financing.
1. RECP provides your business with market and policy information.
2. RECP helps identifying new business opportunities.
3. RECP links you with potential European and African business partners.
4. RECP works together with you and governments to close remaining regulatory obstacles.
5. RECP facilitates access to project preparation support and financiers.
6. RECP supports the training of local experts to create necessary local capacities.
For more information on RECP, please click HERE