• 05/09/2023
  • 12:00 - 14:45 CEST
  • KOFISI Hotel Nairobi, Kenya

Africa Climate Summit side event: Investing in the Digital and Green Transformation – Launch of the Green Data Centres Guide

A key objective of this session is to discuss the urgent need to enhance the sustainability of the digital sector and leverage digital innovations for climate action. The session will present newly developed the Green Data Centre investment guidelines developed jointly by the World Bank and ITU with the support from the BMZ/GIZ Global Digital Transformation program. Furthermore, the session will include a panel to discuss the opportunities and challenges to enhance investments in sustainable digital and green infrastructure.

Specific objectives include

  • Share the guide’s findings and initiate a debate on the enablers, barriers, and quality aspects of promoting green data centres in Africa and beyond.
  • Create awareness about the report’s findings and highlight the importance of adopting environmentally sustainable practices in the data centre industry
  • Engaging stakeholders from various sectors, including government representatives, industry experts, and environmental organizations, the discussion

Speakers: John Tanui Permanent Secretary, MoICT, Kenya, Golestan Rawan, Chief Digital Technology Officer, UNEP, Thelma Quaye, Director of Digital Infrastructure, Smart Africa, Bodo Immink, Country Director, GIZ Kenya, Sara Ballan, Senior Digital Specialist, World Bank, Dan Kwach, MD East Africa for Africa Data Centers Association, Nkem Onwuamgegbu, Africa Director MIGA, Lucas Amollo, Manager, ICT and Smart City Solutions, KONZA, Osman Issah, Manager, Resilient and Inclusive Digital Infrastructure, Smart Africa, Aida Ndiaye, Senior Digital Program Leader, East Africa, AFD