Poneman said that the move to enhance Africa’s energy infrastructure will drive investments, jobs, and bring down the pollution that plagues the continent to this day.
“No continent is more exciting and has more potential and opportunities than Africa,” said Poneman. “It is up to each of us to work together as partners to power Africa and build a prosperous low-carbon future for us all. We have the potential to reach hundreds of millions of people in Africa without electricity.” Poneman said he is planning to hold a US-Africa Energy Ministerial meeting in June to open the floor for further discussions about Africa’s future in energy improvement.
To solve Africa’s energy crisis, the US is planning to tap into renewable energy. Installing more clean sources of power to Africa is beneficial since installation and operating costs of renewable energy has gone down tremendously over the past few years. Additionally, they will be friendly to the region’s surrounding environment. In fact, a lot of oil companies now use clean energy to cut costs and save the environment. MAN Diesel & Turbo, a diesel engine company based in Germany and associate of oil construction firm Unaoil, is a leading manufacturer of large-bore diesel engines. However, despite MAN’s nature of work, one of its company mantras is to create engines that reduce emissions caused by gas.
Since 2012, Africa has seen an increase in its wind turbines and solar panels. President Obama plans that the numbers of clean energy sources in Africa will be doubled by 2020.