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Atkins wins €15.3 million sustainable energy contract

22 April 2014, 11:15

Nairobi - Atkins is the leader in the Consortium selected by the European Union to provide technical assistance to 24 East and Southern African countries over the next four years to accelerate the development of sustainable energy services as part of the EU efforts in the framework of Sustainable Energy for All.  

The EU is at the forefront of the fight against energy poverty and is an active supporter of the global ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ (SE4All) initiative, launched by UN Secretary General in 2012. 

The three interlinked SE4All objectives are to provide universal access to modern energy services, double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and double the current rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.

Atkins is the lead party of a consortium which will undertake technical assistance activities on behalf of the EU such as an initial assessment of access to electricity and national initiatives in sustainable energy and energy efficiency in each of the countries.

Based on the findings, the consortium support the local governments with energy sector policies provide them with necessary capacity building and encourage partnerships between the public and private sector.

The consortium will also provide technical assistance in programming and project preparation in the areas of rural electrification, renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy savings.

These projects form part of the EUs ‘Agenda for Change’ development policy which identifies energy as a key driver of inclusive growth.

Atkins’ CEO Prof Dr Uwe Krueger said, “This is an extremely significant win for Atkins and we are proud to be leading this multi-country assignment put forward by the EU, to help Africa meet one of its greatest infrastructure challenges. This initiative was born out of the UN and we are pleased to be supporting the EU Commission in the delivery of this transformative project. This project is a great example of how our expertise is being used to help future proof the energy sector in Africa.”

Sub Saharan Africa has the lowest electrification rate in the world and more than 650 million people rely on traditional biomass for heating and cooking, exposing themselves and their families to smoke and fumes that damage their health and kill nearly 2 million people a year.

Atkins’ Project Director Mike Woolgar said, “We are proud and excited to be part of this ambitious country changing and ultimately life changing initiative. We are conscious that we now have a real responsibility to make this project a success in order to achieve measurable impact on lives of the people in Africa. Our staff are passionate about helping others by using their technical expertise and experience.”

This year the United Nations General Assembly declared 2014 2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, underscoring the importance of energy for sustainable development and for the expansion of the post-2015 development agenda.

The European Union has identified Energy as one of the sectors that plays an increasing role in its development assistance for the 2014-2020 programming period.

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