Mozambique Highlights Ways to Accelerate Energy Access at COP28

Mozambique presents measures for increased off-grid deployment in partnership with Enabel and GET.transform

Mozambique is getting into gear for advanced off-grid development. Across two events at the UN climate conference COP28 on 5 December, the country demonstrated how it improved its off-grid energy market through a set of plans and regulations specific to mini-grid development. Both events were hosted by the Energy Fund of Mozambique (FUNAE) and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) in partnership with Enabel and GET.transform and the Tony Blair Institute.

The first side-event, “Accelerating Energy Access: Advancing Off-Grid Development Initiatives in Least Developed Countries” brought together an expert panel consisting of FUNAE, Acumen, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) and Power Africa. The panelists explored proactive measures that can be formulated and implemented by Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to accelerate the achievement of universal energy access. Mozambique’s strategic initiatives could present a model that, if successful, might serve to align developing a blueprint for other LDCs.

A roundtable in the afternoon delved into the topic of “Mobilizing Financing to Scale up Off-grid Energy Access in Mozambique – The Special Case of Mini-Grids”. Invited organisations included representatives from the African Development Bank, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), FUNAE, IRENA, GIZ, Acumen, Power Africa, Beyond the Grid Fund Africa, Klik Foundation, and Enabel. With the goal of mini-grid investment in Mozambique, the experts discussed lessons learned and promising business models.

GET.transform was proud to be among Mozambique’s chosen partners in the development of the Just Energy Transition Strategy, specifically the off-grid – electricity component. The Strategy was launched at COP28 and is set to be published shortly. Further support to Mozambique’s off-grid sector through GET.transform has concerned off-grid sub regulations and the work on designing and piloting a national tender mechanism for mini-grids.

Impressions from the FUNAE Off-Grid Side Events at COP28 in Dubai, UAE. All images (c) FUNAE.