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


Background (previous SE4A conference / 3 days in October 2017, Brussels)

The first edition of the international conference "Sustainable Energy for Africa" (SE4A 2017 in short), organised by the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences of Belgium (KAOW-ARSOM), took place in Brussels (23-25 October 2017, Palace of the Academies).

The following messages were delivered as conclusion:

  • Science: Energy is a value chain aimed at providing services to society, households and industry, based, for each region of the world, on an optimal mix of secure (24/7/365 supply), affordable and sustainable primary energy sources.
  • Politics: Energy, together with circular economy, is a primary driver for development - research and innovation as well as education and lifelong learning for all are crucial; international collaboration in the field of energy - climate must be encouraged.
  • Follow-up edition in Africa in 2020: academia, industry, policy makers and civil society should meet again in conference, this time in Africa, to report on the latest developments and discuss joint actions in the energy - climate sector in Africa.

The final programme of the previous conference (SE4A 2017, 23-25 October 2017) and the audio/video recordings of all presentations are available on the following website: