We are proud to share that our CEO, Osa Igiehon, recently participated in a thought-provoking panel discussion titled “Africa’s Climate Action is Gaining Momentum” at the 17th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg, Germany.

The forum brought together key stakeholders from the energy sector to discuss Africa’s climate action, green industrialization, and the role of the private sector in driving sustainable energy transition.

During the panel, moderated by Katarina Kunert from Afrika-Verein, Osa emphasized the critical importance of achieving energy sufficiency in Africa as a foundation for sustainable development and economic growth. He highlighted our commitment at Heirs Energies to delivering more energy into the ecosystem in a manner that effectively meets the growing energy demands while minimizing the overall carbon footprint.

Osa stressed that Africa’s energy transition must be one that takes Africa from a current state of energy deficiency to a future of energy sufficiency. To him, “energy Sufficiency for Africa is a key imperative”. He posited that within the context of the global focus on achieving a low-carbon energy future to address climate concerns, we must not overlook the pressing need to address energy poverty and ensure reliable access to electricity for all Africans.”

He also shed light on our multi-energy approach at Heirs Holdings Group, spanning from gas production to power generation and distribution, which positions us to tackle Africa’s energy issues comprehensively and sustainably.

Osa highlighted our role in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s electrification drive, supplying gas to three power plants in eastern Nigeria and contributing to the journey towards a lower carbon footprint and energy sufficiency.

When asked about the kind of partnerships needed to develop Africa’s energy landscape in a future-oriented manner, Osa emphasized the importance of collaboration and the philosophy of Africapitalism, which underpins our parent company, Heirs Holdings. Africapitalism recognizes the critical role of the private sector in driving social and economic progress.

“Shared prosperity for all stakeholders are at the heart of Heirs Energies’ approach to partnerships,” Osa explained. “We believe that true partnerships should be enabling and symbiotic, rather than extractive. It should be a win-win and not win-lose, ensuring that all parties involved benefit from the collaboration.”

He further emphasized that we at Heirs Energies actively seek partnerships with governments, international organizations, and other industry stakeholders to accelerate Africa’s energy transformation. By working together, we believe that innovative solutions can be developed, investments attracted, and an enabling environment created for sustainable energy development across the continent.

The panel also featured insightful contributions from Christine Amira, Sustainability and Communications expert at WILO SE; Ross Palmer, Associate Director Energy Eurasia MEA at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Samir Rachidi, Director General of IRESEN, Morocco.

As Africa continues to gain momentum in its climate action, we at Heirs Energies remain committed to driving sustainable energy transition and forging collaborative partnerships to achieve energy sufficiency and greener industrialization across the continent.

The insights shared by our CEO, Osa Igiehon, at the 17th German-African Energy Forum underline our dedication to shaping Africa’s energy landscape for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Michael Walter

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