SESA at Africities 2022


SESA will be present at the 9th edition of Africities will be held between 17th to 21st May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya with the theme “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063”. 

Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. The aim is to strengthen the role of local and regional governments in the development of the continent and to help build the integration and unity of Africa from its territories. Africities summit is the largest democratic gathering organised in Africa. 

The session Smart Energy Solutions for Africa: Energy Access, Carbon Neutral Architecture and Electric Mobility will take place the upcoming Friday, 20th May from 14:30 to 16:00 EAT. The SESA project co-organises and hosts this panel discussion with UN-Habitat, ABC21, SOLUTIONSplus, and Urban Pathways

The session will bring together public and private sector stakeholders with experience in energy access, low carbon building designs, and electric mobility through sharing experiences from the world’s best practices which can be adopted and tailored for African countries, in order to advocate for low-carbon energy solutions in urban settings in Africa through enacting necessary conditions for adaptation of these innovations. 

The speakers (Lorenzo Pagliano from Politecnico di Milano; Ernest DIONE, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal; Francois Garde, Director d’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieur Réunion Océan Indien, Université de La Réunion; Georgia Rambelli, Climate Policy and Energy Governance, Coordinator at ICLEI European Secretariat; Abdellah Abarkan, Department of Spatial Planning, BTH Sweden Representative Kisumu County Government Filip Gardler, Opibus) will debate around necessary environmental policy changes including the establishment of supportive initiatives and incentives on energy and resource efficiency, and clean energy generation in cities.

During the event, the opportunity to launch the first SESA co-development test site to be implemented in Western Kenya in both rural (Homabay) and urban (Kisumu) locations.

Self-sustaining solar hubs will be installed with the aim of achieving an integrated system for sustainable energy access, productive use of energy and a circular economy.

Session agenda

  • 10 mins: Opening Remarks – Ministry official
  • 10 mins: Inspirational Speech – Smart and Low Carbon Energy for Africa
  • 40 mins: Showcasing Energy Solutions
  • Access to modern energy supply 
  • Bioclimatic: buildings providing comfort with low energy needs
  • Electric Mobility (Opibus)
  • Innovative energy solutions (We!Hub)
  • 20 mins: Introducing the SESA project – Kick off of the Kisumu Living Lab (ICLEI & BTH Sweden & Kisumu County)
  • 10 mins: Closing Remarks

Find more information about the Africities event here.