I have demonstrated that although West Africa's contribution to global carbon
emissions is small, its role in a global carbon abatement strategy is important.
It is inevitable that energy consumption and carbon emissions will increase as
the region develops. However, many of the measures discussed in this study are
available to countries in the region at low cost and with external donor
To exploit these opportunities, the countries of West Africa must develop
strong regional initiatives. There are many barriers to realizing the
technological potential to increase energy efficiency and to reduce carbon
emissions. But these are susceptible to a variety of policy initiatives. A
regional approach is an important prerequisite for successful mobilization of
local capital and technological capabilities.