Africa’s mineral wealth is essential for the energy transition and for the hundreds of millions of people currently living in poverty in African mining countries. Whether and how governments and companies move to further extract this mineral wealth is not only economically and environmentally important for Africa, but also for the vital importance of protecting the world’s rapidly diminishing forests.
Betting big on natural gas comes with serious risks and tradeoffs, especially as the world moves away from fossil fuels. Hasty, ill-informed decisions could carry hidden costs for countries' development prospects, energy costs and security--and the climate--especially if countries end up locked into dirty, outdated and high-priced domestic energy systems.
Le potentiel énergétique de l’Afrique du Nord dépasse la dépendance actuelle aux combustibles fossiles et permettrait aux pays de cette région de tirer profit de leurs énergies renouvelables pour accélérer la transition énergétique.
The urgency of promoting the energy transition and shifting towards decarbonization has led to the need to increase production and processing of certain minerals, such as lithium. This situation could be an opportunity for lithium-producing nations to earn revenue and accelerate their own domestic energy transitions.