Rich countries pushing ‘dirty energy’ in Africa, report claims
By Karen McVeigh
Wealthy governments have been accused of promoting fossil fuel development in Africa at the expense of clean energy.
Analysis showed 60% of public aid for energy projects was spent on fossil fuels, compared with just 18% on renewables.
Oil Change International, a clean energy advocacy group that conducted the study, estimated aid to Africa’s energy sector was $59.5bn (£45.3bn) between 2014 and 2016.
It found governments that were moving away from fossil fuels at home continued to fund such projects in Africa, where communities are experiencing the worst impact from climate change.