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November thematic report [Sustainable Technology in Africa]

by Godfred Owusu Bempah | 21-11-2023 15:54 recommendations 2


Innovative approaches that take into account natural resources and seek to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability are referred to as sustainable technologies. It includes technology created with sustainability in mind as well as technology intended to address or prevent environmental problems. Sustainable technology can refer to actions taken to lessen or completely eradicate the causes of climate change and global warming, as well as the use of environmentally friendly or green products and procedures. In order to produce the most with the least number of resources, it also entails choosing and collaborating with the appropriate hardware, software, and vendors. Additionally, it entails facilitating governance, social, and environmental results for the business and its clients.


Africa's Use of Sustainable Technology to Promote Environmental Stewardship and Innovation

In order to address environmental issues and promote economic growth, Africa, a continent rich in natural resources and cultural diversity, is adopting sustainable technology more and more. In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, preserve natural resources, and advance equitable economic development, Africa must embrace sustainable technologies. This article examines the state of sustainable technology in Africa today and how it might spur environmental stewardship and innovation throughout the region.


Several instances of contemporary sustainable technology include:

Recycled Building Materials: Utilizing repurposed building materials combined with windows coated in a laminate to avoid overheating


Photosensor and motion-activated solar panels: These panels react to light and movement to help maximize energy use.


LED Lighting Technology: In comparison to conventional lighting, LED lights are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan.


Electric cars: They lessen dependency on fossil fuels and help cut down on carbon emissions.

Solar Energy: Using solar panels, you may produce electricity in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner by utilizing the sun's power.



Taking Up Renewable Energy Methods

Technologies for renewable energy are essential to Africa's path toward sustainable development. The continent is ideally situated for renewable energy initiatives due to its abundant sun, wind, and hydropower potential. In addition to substantial potential from wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy, Africa has the capacity to create 7,900 gigawatts from solar electricity alone, according to a report published in the New Statesman 3. In Ghana and elsewhere, initiatives like Sustainable Energy Technologies Limited (SETECH Ghana) are leading the way in offering sustainable energy solutions to homes, SMEs, and communities.


Digitalization in Support of Long-Term Growth

In Africa, digitalization is showing promise as a catalyst for long-term growth, especially in the areas of financial and digital inclusion. Digital technology adoption has the ability to increase productivity, lessen environmental effect, and support sustainable practices. Digitalization efforts in Ghana are opening the door for cutting-edge mobile and digital services, supporting the nation's trajectory of sustained growth.


Views from the Green Economy and Institutional Potential

Africa's shift to a green economy is gathering steam, with an emphasis on institutional and technological possibilities. The continent's dedication to supplying contemporary, inexpensive, and dependable energy, especially from renewable sources, emphasizes how crucial sustainable technologies are to attaining both economic development and environmental sustainability.


Sustainable Technology Catalysis

Providing Africa's expanding population with inexpensive, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy is a global challenge. The University of Cape Town's Catalysis Institute highlights the need for creative ways to meet energy needs while reducing environmental impact and the role that catalysis plays in driving sustainable technologies in Africa.

Advantages Of Sustainable Technology

There are many different and substantial financial advantages to sustainable technology. Among these advantages are:

Decreased Business Expenses: Green technology can cut waste and energy use, which lowers a company's operating expenses.


Competitive Advantages: Enhanced sustainability and efficiency can provide companies a market advantage.


Government Grants and Tax Incentives: Governments frequently offer grants and tax breaks to companies that use sustainable technologies.


New Job Opportunities: The implementation of green technologies may lead to the creation of new positions in sectors that are concerned with environmental preservation and sustainability.


Cleaner and More Efficient Energy usage: Cloud computing and digitalization are examples of technologies that help achieve cleaner and more efficient energy usage, which is good for the economy and the environment.



Decreased Environmental Impact: The goal of sustainable technology is to lessen the harm that conventional technologies cause to the environment, such as carbon emissions, habitat destruction, and deforestation.


Natural resource conservation is facilitated by sustainable technology, which makes it possible to use resources like energy, water, and raw materials in a more sustainable way.


Better Air and Water Quality: Environmentally sustainable technologies can help to enhance overall environmental conditions by lowering water pollution and improving air quality.


Renewable Energy: By encouraging the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, sustainable technology helps to lessen dependency on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.


In conclusion, environmentally friendly technology in Africa is fostering inclusive development, economic expansion, and innovation in addition to solving environmental issues. The continent's dedication to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship is demonstrated by its embrace of digitalization, renewable energy, and green economy viewpoints. Africa has enormous potential to have a revolutionary impact on the environment and society as it maintains its position as a centre for sustainable technology.


The following references form the basis of this article:


1.     ScienceDirect: "Towards sustainable renewable energy technology in Africa"

2.     "Green economy perspectives in Africa: technological and institutional potential" The IOPscience

3.     According to the New Statesman, "innovation and green tech will transform Africa"

4.     "Digitalization as a Catalyst for Sustainable Growth in Ghana" - Ericsson, Inc.

5.     "Catalysis as a driver for sustainable technologies in Africa – A perspective by the Catalysis Institute at the University of Cape Town" - Science Direct


GodfredOwusu Bempah

  • Ghana Former E-gen Ambassador Godfred Owusu Bempah
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Godfred Owusu Bempah

  • Godfred Owusu Bempah says :
    Yeah that's a solid idea, thanks Mentor SangHyeon Park
    Posted 04-12-2023 15:07

SangHyeon Park

  • SangHyeon Park says :
    Hi, it's mentor SH. I agree that countries on the African continent have strong potential for sustainable, green societies. I think they should move toward a common goal through solidarity and cooperation between countries.
    Posted 29-11-2023 23:57

Godfred Owusu Bempah

  • Godfred Owusu Bempah says :
    Thanks, dear Mellisa I really appreciate your encouragement.
    Posted 23-11-2023 14:05

Melissa Menlah Adu

  • Melissa Menlah Adu says :
    The article eloquently portrays Africa's journey towards embracing sustainable technology, demonstrating a diverse array of initiatives from recycled building materials to renewable energy sources like solar power. It's impressive to witness the continent's dedication to digitalization, emphasizing its role in fostering sustainable growth and environmental stewardship. Africa's commitment to green economy perspectives and innovative technology showcases its potential to lead in sustainable development, creating a significant impact on both environmental conservation and societal advancement.great work done @Godfred Owusu 👏👏👏 it's very nice and a great step to represent the country 🇬🇭🇬🇭
    Posted 23-11-2023 13:29

Godfred Owusu Bempah

Seeun Mentor

  • Seeun Mentor says :
    Hello, this is mentor Seeun.
    The introduction of sustainable technologies can help our society in a variety of different ways, like you mentioned in your report. I hope that more sustainable technologies will be integrated into our lives.
    Posted 22-11-2023 10:57

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