Badly affected by the consequences of climate change, sub-Saharan Africa is now facing a severe post-Covid economic crisis, having experienced its first recession in twenty-five years. The climate and socio-economic emergencies collectively represent serious challenges for African countries, which must be addressed by local governments as policy priorities.
A huge renewable energy potential could pave the way for a green reconstruction, but would a ‘green growth’ be possible in the face of Africa’s energy access dilemma? What are the prospects for making African cities green and smart? What role can Africa play within global climate governance frameworks? And what role for the European Union in fostering the continent’s green development?