COP26

Unequal access to clean tech barrier to achieving green energy - Uhuru

More than 40 leaders have pledged to scale up clean solutions, by imposing standards and policies.

In Summary

• Addressing a COP26 event on 'Accelerating Clean Technology, Innovation and Deployment', Uhuru requested for greater tech transfer to developing nations.

• Biden said that the US will lead by example and share innovations that will help the world scale up clean energy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged world leaders to enhance access to clean technology in the quest for green energy globally. https://bit.ly/3CGp5ax

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing a COP26 session on clean energy
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing a COP26 session on clean energy
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged world leaders to enhance access to clean technology in the quest for green energy globally.

Addressing a COP26 event on 'Accelerating Clean Technology, Innovation and Deployment', Uhuru requested for greater tech transfer to developing nations.

"Kenya is committed to working together with all countries to accelerate the development and deployment of clean technologies and sustainable solutions," Uhuru said.

He added; "Part of Kenya's long term strategy that is being finalised and depending on levels of international support as well as principles of equity and fairness, we project to meet the net-zero target by 2050," Uhuru said.

The President told the meeting that was also addressed by US President Joe Biden that on course to meet its goal of "100 per cent use of clean energy by 2030 and achieve 100 per cent access in clean cooking by 2028".

"Kenya has demonstrated that it is possible to achieve ambitious development goals while remaining green. renewable energy in Kenya currently accounts for 73 per cent of our installed power generation capacity," Uhuru said.

He added that countries must invest more in research and innovation including addressing challenges of technology transfer to accelerate the deployment of technologies in the energy sector.

"We have installed the biggest wind power plant in sub-Sahara Africa - the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, and are steadily exploiting and deploying available geothermal potential, currently estimated to be 10,000 Megawatts," he said.

More than 40 leaders have pledged to work together to scale up clean solutions, by imposing worldwide standards and policies.

Biden said that the US will lead by example and share innovations that will help the world scale up clean energy.

"There is virtually nothing we are unable to do, particularly if we do it together," the US president said.

He added; "Current technology alone won't get us where we need to be. So it must be a decisive decade for innovation and development demonstration, commercializing new energy (sources) by 2030 so that they can be widely deployed in time for 2050 net-zero goals."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was determined to make clean power the most affordable and reliable option by 2030, and for zero-emissions vehicles to be the new normal in all its regions.

“By making clean (energy) technology the most affordable, accessible and attractive choice, the default go-to in what are currently the most polluting sectors, we can cut emissions right around the world," he said.