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Clean energy to power Africa’s future
Africa’s vulnerability to climate change means it faces the double challenge of integrating climate change considerations in the pursuit of economic growth and development for its citizens. Africa’s energy sector is central to the advancement of the continent’s growth. Close to 600 million citizens still lack access to affordable and reliable energy, which holds back economic progress, and sets back the continent’s GDP by an estimated 4 percent annually. However, compared to most fossil fuel-dependent industrialized countries, the energy transition in Africa presents an unprecedented advantage. With the exception of a few, most African countries have not exploited their fossil fuel reserves, and are therefore well positioned to meet their energy needs through alternative renewable and cleaner sources.