Africa needs a green economic post-Covid-19 recovery, report finds

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Africa needs to integrate green solutions into its post-Covid-19 economic recovery, a new report has found.

…As more African nations boost their vaccine drives and fully open up their economies, it is important that their post-Covid-19 economic strategy centralises climate crisis action in order to attract finance, address social challenges and achieve sustainable growth and development, a new report has found.

The report by Power Shift Africa, “Driving a green and sustainable post-Covid-19 recovery in Africa”, is a collaborative effort of several teams across the continent, and draws from case studies in east, west and north Africa.

Mohamed Adow, the director of Power Shift Africa, said in a press briefing that the pandemic is a reset moment and a chance to move away from wasting billions on doomed fossil fuel infrastructure and invest in clean energy.

“Our continent is blessed with wind, sun, and geothermal [energy]. Making this the backdrop of our recovery is the fastest most sustainable way to ensure that Africa prospers. This is the moment for Africa to lead the world,” Adow said.

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