An Africa Business Community
Current economic challenges have in many ways demonstrated the need for energy sources that distance themselves from the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels. The capital needed to build renewable energy projects and infrastructure worldwide will become more available throughout 2009 as the global economy adjusts to this new reality. Nowhere is this truer than in Africa, where opportunities abound for diversified biofuel export markets but also for new paradigms based on access to domestic energy resources.
The need to develop sustainable agriculture and renewable energy programs remains at the strategic forefront of most governments and leading companies, in Africa and around the world. As the flow of capital and credit returns to markets, investors and banks are once again looking towards viable programs and projects that address our most urgent food and energy needs.
New technology platforms for bioenergy and biofuels have reached commercial scale and Africa expects to benefit from these technologies to grow more food, rejuvenate its vast land resources and further strengthen its economies via new, homegrown energy sources. These new technologies will drive the region, from transport fuels to green electricity. Beyond the technical is the practical, from sustainability criteria and market access to policy development and best practices. Each is a vital piece in the puzzle that is Bioenergy: The New Bright Idea in Africa. in cooperation with PANGEA, is proud to announce Africa’s leading bioenergy conference: the Second Africa Bioenergy Conference & Expo, June 16-18, 2009 at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The political heart of Africa and home to the African Union, Ethiopia also boasts one of the continent’s only ethanol blending programs and state-of-the art facilities.