A German organization, Agora Energewide, has called for the use of electric vehicles in an effort to address the adverse effects of climate change globally.
The project manager of the organization, Mr. Philip Litz, made the call during his presentation on Wednesday, at the Africa Taz foundation workshop, via zoom, from Berlin, Germany.
In his paper, titled “How Germany Could Reach Neutrality by 2045”, Litz said that for Germany and other countries to achieve the feat, gasoline should be replaced with electricity as energy, to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.
He explained that the transport sector constitutes 20 percent of Germany’s emissions, while the power plant and the industry sector constitute 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, saying it required government policies, technology, and behavioral change to achieve the target.
He said that the feasibility of adopting the alternative energy for vehicles is capital intensive which required huge financial commitment by African governments and partnership with private organizations, suggesting that African countries should benefit from such collaborations to ensure its sustainability.
Litz added that more efficient use and reduction in energy consumption and increase in the use of renewables, driven by wind and solar, would also address global issues of climate change, saying “They are basically the same strategies for also other countries in the world, they need to decrease their emission and decrease their energy consumption.”
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the African workshop is organized by Taz Panter Foundation with support from the German Foreign Office, with participants from 15 African countries of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The workshop, with the theme “Access: Connecting in Times of Pandemic”, started on April 28, 2021, and will run through February 2022. It is aimed at strengthening collaborations among African journalists. (NAN)