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AfDB to provide $25bn to fight climate change in five years

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday, March 14, 2019 said it would provide $25 billion over the next five years to help in the global fight against climate change.

Akinwunmi Adesina
AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina

Mr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the AfDB, said the bank currently provides 34 per cent of its overall lending portfolio to projects aiming to boost the fight against climate change.

Addressing at the One Planet Summit during the 4th session of the UN Environment Assembly, Adesina said that there was need to create home-made financing mechanisms to enable local communities cope with climate change.

Adesina said that the financing required to deal with climate change should come from the private sector.

He said that the funds should be directed toward renewable energy solutions to enable millions of people still unable to access electricity to be connected.

“Africa needs indigenous models to finance climate change,” Adesina said.

He said that AfDB had created the Africa Financial Alliance for Climate Change, meant to pool financial resources towards investing on efforts to fight climate change.

Adesina said that under the financial initiative, the bank was working with central banks to direct money to the climate change action.

According to the AfDB, the central bank owns some $1.2 trillion worth of reserves which can be redirected toward renewable energy financing initiatives to help fight climate change effects.

“We want countries to move away from coal power and we are investing in the green load facility to help move renewable energy,” Adesina said.

The AfDB, through its Desert-to-Power Initiative, currently seeks to produce solar energy from the Sahel region to help some 250 million people to access affordable energy.

The bank aims to generate 10 gigawatts of electricity by 2025 to reach some 11 countries within the Sahel, which extends from Eritrea and Sudan in East Africa to Nigeria, Mali and Senegal in West Africa under its desert to power initiative. 

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