Kenya targets 100 per cent transition to green energy by 2020 as it scales up investment in renewable energy to address the climate change challenge, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
“In concrete terms, renewable energy makes up 70 per cent of Kenya’s installed electric power capacity,” he added.
The investments to reach this figure have been made simultaneously with Kenya, almost tripling the size of its population served by the electricity grid to more than 60 per cent of the population.
“Our target is to attain 100 per cent green energy sufficiency by 2020. We will do this while we achieve 100 per cent access to power for our population, and sharply lower costs to industry to aid our manufacturing push,” he added.
The Kenyan leader spoke during a roundtable discussion on “Don’t drop climate efforts” session of the Paris Peace Forum in France.
According to a statement issued in Nairobi on Monday, Kenya’s investment in green energy is proof that doing the right thing is more than a cost, but rather a chance to offer immense opportunities for business growth and enhancement of citizens’ quality of life. Kenyatta, the statement continued, challenged governments of industrialised countries, especially in Europe, where sustainability has been embraced, to support such investments in green energy in Africa.
Kenyatta observed that although African countries were nowhere close to the top producers of greenhouse emissions, they are nevertheless champions of sustainability because they know the painful price of inaction in the face of the climate change reality.
”Africans are living this as a reality, and scientific evidence shows that Africa may continue to bear the greatest brunt of climate change,” he concluded.