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US-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit in Accra Explores Green and Sustainable Solutions for Economic Growth

by Victor Adetimilehin

Accra is currently hosting the first-ever US and Africa Nuclear Energy Summit, which has brought together a diverse group of participants, including government officials, policymakers, industry leaders, regulators, and academics. The three-day summit aims to explore opportunities for collaboration between the United States and Africa in the field of nuclear energy and to devise strategies to facilitate the implementation of nuclear power programs across the continent.

Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Advisor to the President, emphasized the critical role of green and sustainable energy technologies in Africa’s development. He pointed out that nuclear technology has already demonstrated its potential to provide clean and sustainable energy, which can significantly accelerate economic growth. However, Osafo-Maafo also stressed the importance of adopting cost-effective technologies that have shorter construction times and can be easily integrated into existing power grids. This approach would maximize the benefits of nuclear technology for African countries.

Osafo-Maafo also raised concerns about the impact of climate change on Africa, particularly as the continent has one of the youngest populations globally. He called upon summit participants to focus on green and sustainable solutions to combat the challenges posed by climate change.

The summit provides a platform for participants to recognize the capacity of nuclear energy not only to decarbonize the energy sector but also to stimulate economic expansion, encourage innovation, develop human capital, and promote environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. The shared commitment among participants is to transition towards a greener, cleaner, and more resilient energy generation mix that supports sustainable economic growth and ensures predictable and affordable energy tariffs.

Ann Ganzer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security and Non-proliferation at the US Department of State, highlighted the significance of diverse clean energy options for every country, including solar, hydro, wind, and nuclear. She underscored the essential role of nuclear energy in providing base load power to a grid, ensuring a consistent power supply even during periods when renewable sources like solar and wind are not generating electricity.

Dr. K. Michael Golf, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy, expressed optimism about the future of nuclear energy. He emphasized that nuclear energy is a key element in the United States’ efforts to achieve a net-zero carbon future by 2050.

The US-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit in Accra presents a unique opportunity for African nations to explore sustainable and green nuclear energy solutions. These solutions have the potential to drive economic development while addressing environmental concerns. As discussions progress, the hope is that collaborative efforts between the United States and African countries will pave the way for a cleaner, more energy-efficient future on the continent.

Source: [Ghana Sentinel]

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