NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will roll out new policy and
regulatory incentives to promote uptake of renewable
energy in the manufacturing sector, officials said at a
forum in Nairobi on Thursday.
Secretary in the ministry of energy, Engineer John
Njoroge said that greater uptake of cleaner energy
sources by industries is in line with Kenya’s quest to
accelerate low carbon development.
efforts by the government and industries are key to
promote adoption of green energy in production and
supply chains. We are supporting industries reduce their
carbon footprints through adoption of cleaner
technologies,” Njoroge said.
He spoke in
Nairobi during a review of energy efficiency measures
promoted by local manufacturing lobby to strengthen
climate change response in the country.
Kenya has in
the recent past enacted progressive legislative and
regulatory frameworks to attract investments in
renewable energy sources like wind, solar and
revealed that renewables comprise over 90 percent of
Kenya’s energy mix and the figure could go higher thanks
to huge foreign direct investments coupled with
political goodwill to promote their uptake.
encouraged manufacturing and other critical sectors to
make a substantial contribution to carbon emissions
reduction. The move will promote health of ecosystems
and communities,” said Njoroge.
that tax rebates on imported cleaner technologies has
promoted sustainable production and consumption in the
manufacturing sector has complied with global
instruments on carbon emission reduction through
investments in resource efficiency at key production and
Chairperson, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM),
Flora Mutahi said that adoption of cleaner energy
sources has reduced cost of production alongside air
pollution within industrial premises.
industrial sector is gradually shifting to green energy
whose economic, social and environmental benefits are
huge and long-term,” Mutahi remarked adding that Kenyan
manufacturers have won global acclaim for enacting
robust measures to reduce their carbon and water
Kenya launches green
economy strategic plan to help spur growth
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Thursday launched a strategic
plan for green economy to help reduce pressure on
natural resources and helps spur economic growth.
Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) sets
Kenya’s transition to a resource efficient, low carbon
and inclusive green economy.
strategy is a result of our plan to better utilize our
natural resources and ensure greater socioeconomic
growth as a country,” Cabinet Secretary for Environment
and Natural Resources Professor Judi Wakhungu said at
the launch on Thursday.
noted that the demand for water, soils, air and
ecosystems in the country continue to attract more
pressure coupled with unpredictable weather patterns
fuelled by climate change that poses great challenge to
rain fed agriculture based economy.
strategy is earmarked to strengthen the country’s third
medium term plan by increasing growth across all sectors
to attaining economic growth rate of 10 percent and
above to ensure the economy doubles in size in eight
years,” she added.
proposes support for rapid economic growth,
infrastructure development, diversification and
commercialization of agriculture, food security, better
health and education, youth employment and improved
water sources and sanitation.
said actions taken to slow down and adapt to climate
change has help broaden environmental management for
planning and development in the country.
number of initiatives and with support from development
partners, Kenya has made strides in mainstreaming the
green economy in small businesses across the country.
Environmental experts from the government have conducted
pilot trainings for County personnel in Mombasa and
“A shift in
investment to green sectors would lead to an additional
3.1 million people in Kenya being lifted out of poverty
by 2030, while also contributing to a healthy GDP growth
during the same period,” Dirk Wagener, the UN
Environment Resource Efficient Coordinator said.
that GESIP has been informed by an earlier joint
initiative with Kenyan Government - the Green Economy
Assessment Study in 2015 by UNEP which identified policy
actions, access to financing and skills and capacity
needs as opportunities towards transition to a green
economy not only protects the Kenyan natural capital and
reduces environment and climate footprint but help make
contributions from a business and social perspective
since it improves competitiveness, spurs growth which in
turn creates green and decent jobs,” he added.
that the UN Environment will continue to support the
implementation of GESIP in ensuring that Kenya transits
to green economy as planned.
Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen noted that sustainable
development is a key component of governments globally
as it contributes to the streamlining of economies in a
sound and more sustainable manner.
noted Kenya has done the right thing adding that with
the increasing resource scarcity and competition coupled
with continued environmental degradation and unabated
climate change, catastrophic impacts for the economy and
societies is eminent.
observed that Kenya urgently requires a large scale
transition as a sustainable development pathway to help
the country protect itself from the climate change and
other environmental threats.
transition to an inclusive green economy presents
numerous opportunities for Kenya to asses and address
the impact of its economic activities have on the
environment and calls for transformation of the behavior
of individuals, institutions and society at large,” he
GESIP is expected to propel Kenya in a new economic
trajectory characterized by low emissions, resource
efficiency and higher economic growth, the strategy said
that its implementation may face some challenges.
inadequate compliance and weak enforcement of laws and
regulations across sectors, inadequate information about
green technologies and integrating natural capital into
challenges include lack of huge finances to support
initial phase of transitioning to green economy and gaps
that exist in human capacity and skills across thematic