Sunday, January 20, 2019

Env&N.Resources CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addresses Renewable Energy in East Africa Conference at Strathmore University on 23.01.18.

Kenya has a great opportunity to transition its electricity system towards renewable energy, in a quick and sustainable way, thereby embracing the choice of de- carbonization.

Scaling up green investments in key sectors such as energy, agriculture and transport would catalyze significant advancement in sustainable development and poverty eradication

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said there are however challenges that have to be overcome if Kenya is to benefit from the many opportunities offered by renewable energy technologies. She was speaking during a two day regional conference on renewable energy in East Africa at Strathmore University.

“Capacity building, increased access to finance,  technology innovation and investing in renewable energy is the best option because it will help the country address its susceptibility to climate change effects and reduce global emissions”, she said.

The CS further noted that considering the prominence of climate change in today’s global narrative, it is no surprise that renewable energy is the forefront development option.

She observed that renewable energy promises to be the future of the region’s energy needs adding that provision of clean and reliable energy would be crucial to the success of Kenya’s Vision 2030 energy goals.

“Renewable, sustainable, competitively priced and affordable energy is one of the main catalysts of industrial growth and job creation”, Prof.Wakhungu said.

“The Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (2016-2030) the Protocol on Climate Change  that Kenya, like many countries, signed as a guideline for our environmental sustainability efforts commits the government to increase the share of renewable energy geothermal, wind and solar in the national grid to at least 70 percent.”, the CS added.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that the government has put in place steps to secure a sustainable and resilient country. This has been made possible through consistent investments substantial amount of resources towards renewable energy such as geothermal, wind, hydro and solar to power the economy.

Expansion of geothermal power plants in Olkaria and Wind power projects in Turkana, are vital in achieving Vision 2030 goal of universal energy the CS said adding that her Ministry has been on the forefront in tree growing and that the country’s tree cover had now increased to over 7 percent against a target of 10 per cent.

Prof.Wakhungu shakes hands with Mauro Massoni Italian Ambassador to Kenya during the Renewable Conference.

She congratulated Strathmore University for leveraging resources to safeguard the environment through solar projects demonstrating the level of commitment to sustainable development and clean energy.

“I am glad that this practical demonstration and the renewable energy conference is happening here, on the continent of Africa. I urge other institutions and individuals to emulate you and become self-sufficient in power supply as well as avail excess power to the national grid”, the CS said.

The two day regional conference will touch upon the key topics for renewable energy deployment such as enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, financing solutions and innovative business models, technological and technical issues, capacity building and socio-economic benefits to local economies.

An exhibition being held on the sidelines allowed local, national and international renewable energy solutions providers to present their business and products.

Sub Saharan African countries are attracting attention as new markets for Renewable energy technologies whose vast market potential is based on growing African energy demand.

Over 600 million people still live without access to energy in the region representing significant residential and productive demand for affordable, reliable and clean energy.





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