Saturday, March 23, 2019

PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli addressing the KEPSA breakfast meeting at the Sarova PanAfric hotel, Nbi.DSC_0434

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli has called on the private sector to take advantage of the existing laws to integrate climate change in their business strategies.

He noted that the private sector could play a more effective and leading role in climate change adaptation and mitigation if they utilized the provisions of the Climate change Act 2016.

The Act establishes an incentive scheme for the private sector to translate climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives into business ventures. Some of the financing opportunities available include Green Climate Fund that aims at promoting climate technology and innovations.

The PS assured the Kenya Private Sector of the Ministry’s support in exploring ways of accessing available financing opportunities in order to realize Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

PS, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Director, Climate Change, Dr. Pacifica Ogola and deputy CEO, KEPSA, Ms. Rachel Muthoga, following proceedings during the breakfast mtng.DSC_0395

The Paris Agreement on climate change lays out commitments for nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Kenya’s NDC’s include expansion of geothermal, solar and wind energy production alongside other clean energy options. Others are enhancing energy and resources efficiency across different sectors; achieve at least 10 % tree cover of the country’s land area, clean energy technologies to reduce over-reliance on wood fuels, low carbon and efficient transportation systems, climate smart agriculture and sustainable waste management systems.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking during a meeting to evaluate how the Kenya Private Sector will integrate climate change in business strategies for the realization of Kenya’s NDC’s held at a Nairobi hotel.

The PS disclosed that Kenya will host the 10th Africa Carbon Forum on April 11-13 for programme, project developers and policy makers on the latest investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change.

The meeting was also addressed by Kenya Private Sector Alliance deputy CEO Rachael Muthoga, national climate change council member Suresh Patel and the Kenya Climate Change Innovation CEO Edward Mungai.

 

 

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