Open Sessions

SOU 33 - Sustainable Energy Access Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) in Sub Saharan Africa: What are the key ingredients?

22 Nov

22 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Erfoud


Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tel: +233 (0) 540125686




Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME)





The fastest urban-related growth is happening in developing countries putting Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) at the centre of urban transformation (UN Habitat, 2014). Currently home to over 1 billion inhabitants, SSA is responsible for only 4% of the world’s energy demand; much of which is met through traditional biomass fuels (IEA, 2014). Approximately 62% of the population do not have access to electricity. It is projected that urban populations will make up two thirds of Africa’s population by 2050. Whilst lowering emissions is a key global agenda for SSA this trajectory needs to be undertaken in such a way as to deal with the pressing sustainable development needs of the region, namely, poverty alleviation, inequality and unemployment. The focus of this session will be to engage with participants and draw on their expertise.




Context setting

  1. Introduction and welcome – Peta Wolpe, moderator
  2. Introduction of the CoM SSA project – Felice Zaccheo, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  3. Sub-Saharan Africa context: key challenges, opportunities and statistics – Secou Sarr, ENDA – CoM SSA
  4. Lessons learnt from the CoM SSA project inception – Muriel Desgeorges & Peta Wolpe, CoM SSA
  5. Introduction to the CoM SSA guidebook: main elements of a sustainable energy access climate action plan (SEACAP) – Jean-Françcois Dallemand & Irene Pinedo, Joint Research Centre
  6. Common Reporting Framework – Elise Abbes, Global Covenant of Mayors

Sharing of experience

  1. Rokhaya Sarr (Dakar, Senegal): a brief overview of their city, the challenges they face. They will describe why they are developing SEACAPS and where they are in the process and what difficulties they have faced.
  2. Q & A


The key ingredients of SEACAP: world café

Break into either small group discussion/world cafe – give three key questions for discussion based on SEACAP process and how to integrate the three pillars at each step of the process, according to the SSA context: initiation Phase / pre-assessment / Development of the local action plan / Implementation / Monitoring and evaluation

Plenary feedback and conclusions

The plenary feedback will be undertaken in the form of a panel discussion. A panel of experts to discuss their views on the 3 pillars, the key elements in the elaboration of a SEACAP and the specificities of the SSA context.

  1. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Mayor of Kampala
  2. Secou Sarr, ENDA – CoM SSA
  3. Naguib Amin, Clima-Med
  4. Expert from CoM EU

The floor will be open for discussion and feedback from the small group work.


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