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Togo: Parliament Adopts Bill to Promote Power Generation from Clean Sources

(Oct. 15, 2018) On July 24, 2018, Togo’s Parliament adopted a bill to promote power generation from clean sources. (Ouverture de la deuxième session extraordinaire de l’année 2018 [2018’s Second Extraordinary Assembly], Assemblée Nationale Togolais [Togolese National Assembly] website (all translations by author).)

The bill was approved unanimously and includes 59 articles organized in seven titles aimed at “establishing a legal framework to promote the realization and operation of electrical installations for the production of renewable energy.” (Id.)

The adoption of this bill is in line with Togo’s plan to provide access to reliable, modern energy for all its citizens. Indeed, at the end of June 2018, Togo’s government launched a new national electrification strategy for the next 12 years, backed by major lenders, under which authorities plan to provide power to all Togolese by 2030. (Fiacre E. Kakpo, Marc Ably-Bidamon: “Togo’s Ambition Is to Provide Electricity to Its Whole Population by 2030,” TOGO FIRST (Aug. 8, 2018).)

Under Togo’s plan, 300 minisolar plants are to be established via private-public partnerships, and 550,000 households are to be provided with solar kits. (Énergie: le Togo a besoin de 180 milliards [Energy: Togo Needs 180 Billion Dollars], REPUBLIQUE TOGOLAISE (June 27, 2018).) The new bill, Togolese authorities believe, will greatly contribute to the concretization of these goals. (Fiacre E. Kakpo, Parliament Adopts Bill to Boost Clean Energy Production, TOGO FIRST (July 26, 2018).)

André Johnson, Togo’s Minister of Environment and Forest Resources, stated after the bill’s adoption that [t]oday’s vote will support the implementation of our energy strategy which is based, among others, on clean energy development, namely solar and hydropower, as well as on environmental protection, in line with the sustainable development goal 7 (SDG7). (Id.) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of goals created by the United Nations for sustainable development and have been publicized as international goals. (G.A. Res. A/Res/70/1, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sept. 25, 2015), U.N. General Assembly website.) SDG7 aims at “ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” (Id. at 14.)

Prepared by Sarah Ettedgui, Law Library intern, under the supervision of Nicolas Boring, Foreign Law Specialist.