Yesterday (13.09.2016) the West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference (WACEE) started its 5th edition.

Cutting the Ribbon
Mr. Patrick Martens, AHK, H.E. William Hanna, EU Ambassador, H.E. Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the The Netherlands and H.E. Christoph Retzlaff, Ambassador of Germany, cutting the ribbon to open WACEE 2016.© German Embassy Accra

The 5th edition of the West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference (WACEE) opened yesterday (13.09.2016) under the theme “LINKING POLICY AND PRACTICE - REALIZING SOLUTIONS FOR ENERGY SECURITY, WASTE AND THE ENVIRONMENT”.

In his opening address the German Ambassador Christoph Retzlaff emphasized the need for sustainable solutions for the growing energy demand in Ghana and worldwide and pointed out that renewable energy is an important part of German development cooperation in Ghana.

In 2011 Germany has decided to embrace the “Energiewende” - energy turn - process and has since then achieved a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions translating into up to 90 percent coverage of energy demand from renewable energy sources on certain days. With this experience Germany and its partner organizations GIZ and KfW support a number of projects in Ghana to the tune of 38 Mio Euro to make energy supply more reliable and sustainable.

Ambassador Retzlaff
Ambassador Retzlaff during the opening ceremony© German Embassy Accra

With regards to the challenges that waste dumps like Agbogbloshie pose, Ambassador Retzlaff congratulated Ghana for its new law on “Hazardous and Electronic Waste”. With this legislation, Ghana is the frontrunner in Africa. The German government has pledged a total of 25 Mio Euro to be deployed in the implementation of various programmes in order to foster sound recycling of electronic waste. “Together we can improve the working and living conditions of many.” Ambassador Retzlaff stated.

WACEE is organized by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Accra and is a must for market leaders in the fields of renewable energy and environment. For the third time it hosts an official “Made-in-Germany”-Pavilion - this year with 11 German companies. The Netherlands will also be present with an official Dutch pavilion.

WACEE is supported by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, GIZ, the Konrad Adenauer-Foundation and the state chancery of the German state of North Rhine Westphalia.

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