Building sustainable water energy food pathways

Achieving clean energy access and food security targets in Sub-Saharan Africa

The EPIC Africa Summer School

𝐈𝐧𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐏𝐈𝐂 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐔𝐄𝐍𝐑
The first-ever EPIC Africa Summer School is set to launch on July 2nd, running through to July 12th, 2024, at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, Ghana.

This event is aimed at fostering local expertise in Water-Energy-Food (WEF)-informed modeling within the EPIC Africa framework. Participants will engage with a simplified version of the Ghana CLEWs model, developed by KTH under the EPIC Africa program.

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Our Objective is Simple & Clear

Over 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack access to electricity and the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2021 forecasted an increase of the number of people without electricity access by 2% between 2019 and 2021. In addition, access to clean cooking fuels is very low at 17% of the population, with inefficient biomass cooking leading to severe health effects, degradation of land productivity and deforestation . Expanding access to electricity and clean cooking is expected to contribute to meeting many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including ending hunger, poverty, ensuring quality education, and ensuring access to energy, while promoting economic growth, gender equality, among other goals.

Supporting economic development and self-sufficiency

for countries in SSA that have suffered a major setback due to covid-19

Expanding access to electricity and clean cooking

in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that don't have access to them

Promoting economic growth, gender equality,

among other goals in the United Nations sustainable development goals

emphasises the impressive beauty, diversity, and potential of the African continent in its human and natural resource endowments

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Over 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack access to electricity and the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2021 forecasted an increase of the number of people without electricity access by 2% between 2019 and 2021. In addition, access to clean cooking fuels is very low at 17% of the population, with inefficient biomass cooking leading to severe health effects, degradation of land productivity and deforestation . Expanding access to electricity and clean cooking is expected to contribute to meeting many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including ending hunger, poverty, ensuring quality education, and ensuring access to energy, while promoting economic growth, gender equality, among other goals.

Aiming to fulfil the UN SDG target no 7, there is a need to substantially increase the share of renewable energy, which is abundant on the African continent. However, solar and wind are variable in nature, leading to the need for energy storage to match supply and demand, manage peaks, enable electricity arbitrage and minimise the need for curtailment.

EPIC Africa sets out to support sustainable development in sub- Saharan Africa (SSA)

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