Nov 8 – 11, 2021
Cotonou, Benin
Africa/Porto-Novo timezone
International conference co-organized by ANSALB and KAOW-ARSOM 8 -11 November 2021, Cotonou, Benin

Topics of the Conference

The following five topics will be discussed during the first three days (Monday to Wednesday) of the SE4A 2021 conference, addressing an international audience concerned with socio-economic development and access to energy :

  • Energy - key for achieving the Sustainable Development in Africa
    • (1) Access to Energy and social & economic development ("Agenda 2030", UN 2015 and “AGENDA 2063 - The Africa We Want”, AU 2015)
    • (2) Appropriation of renewable energy technologies, dispatchable (hydroelectric, biomass) as well as non-dispatchable (sun, wind, tides and waves)
    • (3) Energy systems that are secured, competitive and affordable, and compatible with a sustainable and inclusive development of the continent, integrated in a modern circular economy (saving of raw materials, energy efficiency, environmental preservation)
  • Energy value chain (including conversion technologies and energy services) 
    • (4) Management of energy based services in an inclusive and sustainable way (in rural and urban regions), using modern energy production, transport, distribution and storage technologies
    • (5) Optimisation of energy based services for big consumers (heavy industries, railroads, megacities, etc.): systematic digitalization, energy storage, etc.
    • (6) Energy supply chain for all types of consumers : centralised production (based on fossil fuels, hydroelectricity, nuclear power) versus distributed production (micro- and mini-networks often based on renewable energies)
  • Research, innovation & education in connection with the energy-intensive sectors
    • (7) Materials and sustainable development: balancing use of natural resources with environmental concerns in the energy value chain; state of the art of eco-materials and advanced characterization methods and tools (including standards), development of energy efficient models.
    • (8) Reinforcement of education and research capacities to meet energy needs of transportation, residential users, industry and services; valuation of scientific expertise in Africa to promote and develop the label “Made in Africa”, specifically in the field of local natural and energy resources (materials, building technologies, etc.)
    • (9) Multidisciplinary approach for a sustainable access to energy: contribution of economic, legal and social sciences to analyse and take into account factors impacting the perception of energy services and usages, their affordability and the achievement of infrastructures.