Using already-available technology, solar power could provide almost four times the world's current energy use. Yet 80% of our energy still comes from fossil fuels that increase CO2 emissions, trigger climate chaos, disrupt nature, and further concentrate wealth. The "convenient truth" is that we can choose abundant, renewable energies to meet our needs and bring power to the people by abandoning centralised energy infrastructure and monopolies in favour of decentralised, renewable energy production.
To accelerate the introduction and implementation of effective renewable energy legislation worldwide and simultaneously promote policies that radically improve energy efficiency.
The WFC continues to provide expert support to policy-makers keen to introduce renewable energy legislation. Building on our efforts that sparked new renewable energy laws in South Africa, Australia, the UK and an increasing number of US states, the challenge today is supporting policy-makers elsewhere – both in grid-connected and off-grid areas - to introduce similarly effective laws. We:
Renewable Energy in Africa
We focus on bringing positive change to three countries that stand at a development crossroads facing choices between large-scale fossil fuel or nuclear energy and a future of renewable energy: Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa. We analyse the energy production and consumption in these countries and develop detailed policy measures that would realise the promise of renewable energy for all citizens. The WFC is considered one of the key references for renewable energy development on the continent.
Film: Power to the People
African Renewable Energy Alliance
The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) was initiated by the WFC and is co-ordinated by WFC Director Africa Liaison Office Ansgar Kiene. AREA is a pan-African multi-stakeholder network of policy-makers and representatives from business, civil society, and academia. The platform facilitates information exchange and consultation about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energies in Africa.
Find out more on the official website of AREA.