Updated: March 4, 2021
African petroleum ministers are in Vienna, Austria, for the 177th OPEC meeting holding on Thursday to discuss the management of oil production in 2020.
With the climate change movement putting pressure on the global energy industry to implement less carbon-intensive energy solutions, African activists may be watching to see how the oil industry can be part of the solution.
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Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC, said earlier this year that “the oil industry must be part of the solution to the climate change challenge”.
“The scale of the challenge means that no single energy source is a panacea; nor can the contribution of an entire industry or group of countries be overlooked. This is not a race to renewables alone; it’s a race to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
Activists in Africa have demanded concrete steps from African leaders to tackle climate change, warning that like the rest of the world, time was running out to address global warming and greenhouse gases.
In addition, experts have warned that worsening climate conditions may increase malaria deaths in Africa.