Africa is blessed with mineral, physical, biological and energy resources. This is especially true for West Africa with its rich resources in oil, gas, solar-, wind- and hydro energy. These resources are both opportunity and challenge to society, politics and industry. While Africa may well hold the key solution to the world’s energy crisis, the impact of human activity on nature and environment may also lead to challenging problems.

Growing economies and an increasing demand for energy require smart technology in energy generation, in energy efficiency as well as in water and waste management. WACEE’13 aims at providing a platform for power providers, technology suppliers, investors, industry experts as well as political and economic decision-makers to ensure a sustainable development of West Africa’s energy and environmental ecosystem. The increasing demand for energy makes this exhibition an integral resource for the development of West Africa.

The energy sector in West Africa has several common features. These include low access to electricity and little availability of modern fuels in rural areas. It is estimated that biomass accounts for more than 80% of total energy consumption, mainly for domestic purposes such as cooking. Nigeria’s major sources of energy are petroleum, natural gas and hydro electricity while Ghana relies principally on power generated by the Akosombo Dam.

West Africa’s environment is coming under extreme pressure with high deforestation, depleting biodiversity and water distribution patchy leading to shortages in the dry season. Poor waste management has resulted in the pollution of most surface water particularly in rivers which flow through urban centres adding the risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases to the already endemic malaria. Agricultural land available for cultivation is dwindling due to the rural-urban drift while lack of awareness of environmental issues is negatively affected by increasing poverty and illiteracy.

Awareness about the need of growing economies and markets for stable and affordable power supplies as well as adequate and enforced legislation to protect the environment is high in West Africa. The Ghana Ministry of Energy launched an Energy Sector Strategy and Development Plan in 2010 which establishes goals to increase generation capacity from 2,000 MW to 5,000 MW by 2015, to achieve universal access by extending electricity to all households by 2020 and to increase the renewable energy supply in the national energy mix to 10% by 2020.

  “This trade fair is the ideal platform to share our plans for achieving our ambitious goals. The Ministry of Energy therefore gladly supports the event and its exhibitors.”

Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei,
Minister for Energy, Ghana
  “The First West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition & Conference is the right event at the right time to address these environmental challenges and therefore enjoys full support of the Ministry for Environment, Science and Technology.”

Sherry Ayittey,

Minister for Environment, Science & Technology, Ghana


  “Water is an essential natural resource for human existence. It is needed in almost every process. The First West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition & Conference is the ideal event to provide solutions and important innovations to new designs in water treatment.”

Enoch Teye Mensah,
Minister for Water Resources, Works Housing, Ghana
  “Nigeria is expected to become one of the leading industrial nations by 2050. To achieve this, the energy sector will be the key element for economic growth in Nigeria and West Africa.”

Diezani Alison Madueke,

Minister for Petroleum & Gas, Nigeria


  “The challenges of environmental sustainability have become increasingly daunting as a direct consequence of climate change and other forces of environmental degradation. Nigeria’s Minister for Environment is addressing these complex environmental challenges facing the country, to ensure unhindered socio-economic development.”

Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia,

Minister for Environment, Nigeria

  “I’m very confident that we’ll be able to develop the necessary gas infrastructure facility within reasonable time. This event is a unique opportunity to find partners for such participation.”

Dr. George Adjah-Sipa Yankey,
CEO, Ghana National Gas Company
  “To GNPC, the First West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition & Conference is a perfect opportunity to enter into strategic alliances with world class oil companies to explore and develop this potential for our mutual benefit.”

Nana Boakye Asafu-Adjaye,
CEO, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation