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Energy ministry launches first climate change calculator in East Africa

Juma said with the newly launched KCERT 2050 tool, Kenya now targets to achieve net-zero emissions

In Summary

• In a press statement, CS Monica Juma noted that the tool is aiming at measuring the country’s carbon footprint and enabling the country to meet its climate change goals.

• "I am happy to announce that Kenya is the first country in East Africa to launch a climate change calculator which is called the Kenya Carbon Emission Reduction Tool (KCERT 2050)," she wrote.

Energy CS Monica Juma in Tana North subcounty during the commissioning of the Bura-Bilbil-Charidende electricity line.
UNIVERSAL ACCESS: Energy CS Monica Juma in Tana North subcounty during the commissioning of the Bura-Bilbil-Charidende electricity line.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Energy CS Monica Juma has announced Kenya as the first country in East Africa to launch a climate change calculator.

In a press statement on Friday, CS Juma noted that the tool is meant to measure the country’s carbon footprint and enable Kenya to meet its climate change goals.

"I am happy to announce that Kenya is the first country in East Africa to launch a climate change calculator which is called the Kenya Carbon Emission Reduction Tool (KCERT 2050)," she wrote.

Juma added that with the newly launched KCERT 2050 tool, Kenya now targets to achieve net-zero emissions from the energy industry by 2050.

"The KCERT 2050 will enable the government to develop and implement policies and energy efficiency models," Juma added.

Juma noted that KenGen has also so far developed and registered six Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects earning it a cumulative 4.9 million tonnes of energy.

She added that the tonnes of Carbon emissions (CO2e) credit from its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"These Clean Development Mechanism projects contribute to national sustainable development by providing clean energy which ensures improved environmental quality, positive health impacts, and increased productivity," she noted.

She made the announcements to give updates on the status of the energy sector reforms and the progress since the last briefing on  January 21, 2022.

Other updates included decreased incidents of power outages by more than 50 per cent from 283,976 in 2020 to 113,385 in July.

The ministry commissioned the Bura-Charidende-Bil-Bil Electrification project in Tana River.

"Ethiopia will soon be Kenya’s second largest supplier of electricity following a power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply 600MW of energy," Juma added.

The deal inked on  July 23, 2022, will become operational in November targeting the first sale of 200MW and an additional 400MW to come on stream shortly thereafter.