IED Consult is “investing in sustainable energy statistics in Africa” alongside the African Energy Commission and national governments!


Addis Ababa, 12-14 September 2022

In September, IED Consult had the honor of facilitating an international workshop hosted by the African Energy Commission (AFREC) in Addis Ababa on the theme “Investing in Sustainable Energy Statistics in Africa” The workshop was held in the framework of a major AFREC support program designed to reinforce or establish national energy information systems and improve the quality and coverage of energy statistics in African Union (AU) member states.


AFREC launched the pilot phase of the program in January 2022 for a cohort of countries (Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe), and will extend the support to additional member states in 2023. As the implementation partner for the program, IED Consult has worked with the commission and national stakeholders over the past ten months to perform a detailed multi-criteria assessment of national energy statistics programs and develop an Energy Statistics Diagnostic and Action Plan for each participating country. IED Consult’s experts were also responsible for designing and delivering six online training modules targeting key skills gaps identified in the diagnostics.

The workshop gathered energy statisticians and data management experts from the participating countries, observers from other member states, and representatives from AFREC, with the objective to discuss the Diagnostic and Action Plan reports and exchange on implementation requirements, common themes, and challenges. In addition to a dedicated session on each country’s Diagnostic and Action Plan, the agenda also included thematic panel discussions and collective problem-solving sessions on topics including:

  • Primary data collection for bio-energy and energy end uses using surveys
  • Designing and financing an Energy Information System project
  • Dissemination of energy statistics and stakeholder engagement
  • Training and support requirements for building sustainable statistics programs
  • Developing and animating a community of practice for African energy statisticians

The workshop resulted in the technical validation of all ten Diagnostic and Action Plan reports and recommendations for national governments, AFREC and other regional and international partners to support implementation of the action plans. The reports and recommendations will be presented for adoption at the Second Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Energy Statistics and Data Management in Africa on October 24th, 2022.


The launch of the Sunref program in Côte d'Ivoire on 07 July 2022 in the Ivorian press headlines

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Signed on February 2, 2021 between CGECI and AFD, SUNREF Côte d'Ivoire is a loan scheme to finance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy projects led by private sector actors in Côte d'Ivoire.

The SUNREF program implemented over a period of 3 years, is financed by the European Union up to 2.5 million euros or 1,625 billion FCFA, to fulfill the needs of green finance to enable Côte d'Ivoire to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and to increase to 45% the share of renewable energies in the Ivorian energy mix in compliance to the Paris Agreements on the climate.

Officially inaugurated on July 7, 2022 in Abidjan, the SUNREF program, green finance label, aims while financing investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to create jobs and promote economic growth.

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CGECI is the Prime Contractor of technical assistance, IED and GINGER-BURGEAP were recruited following a tendering process to support CGECI in the coordination and animation of the Technical Assistance of the SUNREF program.  

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Let's preserve the climate and the environment : let's offset our carbon emissions!

CTradeTravel in the countries of IED intervention, although still relatively reduced by certain restrictions related to Covid-19, has nevertheless generated the emission of 74 Tons of CO2 for the year 2021.

In favour of environmental and climate protection, IED has decided to offset its carbon emissions for the year 2021. This carbon offset process consists in participating to projects to reduce impact of greenhouse gases. This year IED supports the REDD+ project in Mai Ndombe certified by Climate Trade, project aiming to safeguard 300,000 hectares of forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


The supported project aims to reduce the main causes of forest and biodiversity loss and charts a new path for community prosperity through comprehensive investments in surrounding local communities, which are among the poorest in the world. These investments include the construction and renovation of schools, the provision of health services (such as access to immunizations), support for food security and nutrition (including agricultural diversification), and the establishment of capacity-building activities to empower local communities.

And you ? What projects and actions do you carry out to offset your carbon emissions ?

IED Invest - Mbakaou Hydropower Plant Project in Cameroon

IED Invest is proud to present the teaser of its latest flagship project, the Mbakaou Hydropower Plant in Cameroon, now in the exploitation phase.

Thousands of Cameroonians in the Tibati agglomeration in Adamawa are now benefiting from cheap, green, stable and quality electricity. A replicable project...

Thanks to all our partners: MINEE of Cameroun, European Commission ARSEL, AER, Eneo Cameroon S.A.  BGFIBank Cameroon #electricite #developpementdurable #afrique #energierenouvelable




During the launch of the SETA project in Meru County, European Union Delegation, National energy authorities, and members of SETA project’s Team


Kenya is the epicenter of Africa’s energy transition. The government has an ambitious development blueprint, Vision 2030, which aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized middle-income country, especially, to boost manufacturing and job creation. Vision 2030 recognizes energy as a key enabler of the socio-economic pillar, as the third national Medium Plan 2017-2022. Furthermore, the vision for the National Energy Policy 2018 is “affordable quality energy for all Kenyans”. Its objective is to ensure affordable, competitive, sustainable and reliable supply of energy at the least cost to achieve national development needs, while protecting and conserving environment.

Despite this legislative mandate, only 4 of the 47 counties have been able to develop energy plans. Various factors have been cited as reasons behind these shortcomings, including but not limited to: data inadequacies, such as insufficient or poor-quality data on levels of access and data on the energy needs of end users. Other challenges include technical capacity gaps within county governments and lack of adequate resources to develop energy plans. 

It is with the above in mind that the Institutional Capacity Development to the Sustainable Energy Sector in Kenya project was born, (hereafter referred to as the Sustainable Energy Technical Assistance Project (“SETA”)).

The Sustainable Energy Technical Assistance Project

SETA is a three-years (2020-2023) EU funded project of the Ministry of Energy whose objective is to provide institutional capacity development support for the sustainable energy sector in Kenya. SETA was born in the wake of the Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda and investment prospectus, and was conceived to contribute to its implementation in Kenya.

The purpose of the project is to provide institutional and other support to public and private stakeholders of the Kenyan energy sector in the identification, planning and implementation of renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency projects.

This ground breaking initiative in Kenya is being implemented by IED, in partnership with Loughborough University, Practical Action Consulting (PAC), IIED and ACTS.

Key achievements to date

Basic Training Programme

A Basic Training Programme (BTP) targeting all 47 counties was undertaken in August and September, 2021. The BTP was an introductory package targeting the county energy departments and selected sectoral departments of all the 47 counties. It intended to build an understanding of the energy development benefits and the added value of inclusive and integrated planning approaches.

Through this programme, 235 county officials were trained on key enabling policies including: SE4All Action Agenda, Energy Act 2019, Gender Policy (2019), Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation (2020), Bioenergy Strategy (2021) and the Integrated National Energy Planning (INEP) framework and regulations (draft). Furthermore, participants were trained on the types of data and data analysis tools needed to optimise and develop new county energy plans.

Advanced Training Programme

Currently, the project is at the Advanced Training Phase (ATP), where 12 of the 47 counties that underwent the Basic Training Phase have been selected for support.

The ATP aims at building more in-depth knowledge in the participant counties on inclusive and integrated planning approaches. Furthermore, the ATP shall provide more hands-on technical support in the preparation of investment ready and implementable County Energy Plans.

Other key achievements

SETA has supported the Ministry of Energy in building capacity for policy and strategy implementation. Currently SETA has supported with the implementation of the bioenergy, energy efficiency and clean cooking strategies. SETA has also made significant strides in the implementation of the gender policy.


County participants being trained on the Gender Policy, 2019 in Muranga County

Furthermore, through the project, discussions around developing a better data access and governance framework have begun with the hopes shifting the course of data governance in the Kenyan energy sector.

SETA has targeted its efforts to building and bettering the Private Sector and Civil Society Organization interactions and engagements with the public energy sector, including Ministries and State Agencies.

Look out for more updates on the SETA project on our website!