BY MIKE OCHONMA
The German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office with the partnership between Women in Green Hydrogen (WiGH) Network and the African Energy Chamber will on Friday hold a networking conference on “Women for the Energy Transition”.
During the African Women for the Energy Transition event holding at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos, speakers will among other salient issues discuss the current state of the global energy market, addressing the energy security and African nations’ role in it, as well as opportunities to build for capacity and businesses for the energy transition.
The energy transition presents a unique opportunity for women to be at the forefront of decision and development of low carbon energy sources like green hydrogen towards the net zero emission targets while identifying opportunities and businesses for women across the energy sector in Africa.
Over the years, traditional fossil fuel exporting countries have continued to seek how to leverage the change in demand patterns that are being brought about by the energy transition and as a momentum to decarbonize their economies.
While considering this future economy, green hydrogen and its derivatives have been identified to be fuels of the future towards securing economic stability for fossil fuel-exporting countries and pathways to their net-zero targets.
The Women in Green Hydrogen Network is a network of passionate women working in the green hydrogen sector. The vision is to increase the visibility and amplify the voices of women working in green hydrogen. The network provides a platform to connect, empower and change for women, led by women.
Women make up about 50 percent of the global population. However, the percentage of women working in the energy sector across the decades on average fluctuates around 30 percent.
According to IRENA, the energy transition is a pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century.
In this transition, green hydrogen utilization is expected to play a vital role towards de-carbonization of the sector especially in hard+to-abate industries.
It has been identified that green hydrogen which requires vast renewable energy would prompt African countries to increase production for usage and export, especially to European countries over the near decades.