On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the American entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael (“Mike”) Bloomberg announced that his foundation would support fifteen additional countries in their energetic transition. Among which are eleven African nations including the DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda and Senegal. They are added to Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa, integrated into this program last May.
The 80-year-old former New York mayor was nominated in March 2018 – and reappointed in february 2021 – UN special envoy for climate ambition and solutions. In November 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the billionaire’s charity, launched a campaign to close by 2025 “a quarter of the 2,445 coal-fired power plants still in operation worldwide and the 519 coal-fired power plants whose construction is proposed”.
Coal has not said its last word in Africa