Renewable Senegal: opportunities for German-Senegalese development cooperation towards a sustainable future

This paper aims to provide an overview of the opportunities to support Senegal in its transition to a decarbonised, renewable energy system, including a discussion of the challenges associated with this transition and the role that Germany can play in overcoming them. First, the paper examines the current energy system in Senegal, including the energy access challenges in the country, its current reliance on fossil fuels, recent success in renewable development as well as Senegal’s current climate policies, and the potential Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) that is currently under discussion. This sets the background for a discussion of the potential for a renewable focused development pathway for Senegal, ranging from its vast renewable energy resources, cost considerations, the superior resiliency of a renewables-based system, as well as other sustainable development benefits.