• The President said a bioenergy strategy has been formulated to guide the process towards universal access to modern cooking energy.
• Ruto was speaking on Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, during the opening of the Africa Energy Forum.
Public institutions have been urged to shift to cleaner and more sustainable energy options.
President William Ruto said the transition will accelerate preservation of the environment.
He said access to clean cooking energy is a policy priority and a boost for the Bottom-Up economic transformation agenda.
Ruto added that sustainable energy development lies at the heart of Kenya’s vision.
"Investing in renewable energy is not only a responsible choice but also a pathway to a more prosperous and equitable Africa. By transitioning from fossil fuels, we shall contribute to efforts to mitigate climate change," he said.
The President said a bioenergy strategy has been formulated to guide the process towards universal access to modern cooking energy.
Ruto was speaking on Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, during the opening of the Africa Energy Forum.
He added that despite Africa being the smallest contributor to climate change, it bears the disproportionate burden of the adverse impacts.
The Head of State noted that it is appropriate that Africa amplifies its voice in climate action efforts.
Ruto said sustainable energy development requires sufficient scale to ensure universal energy access and affordability.
"This calls for inclusive energy policies, innovative financing mechanisms and targeted policy interventions to reach those who need it most. Regional energy cooperation is paramount; we must work together to maximise our collective potential," he said.
The President said isolation is becoming costly in the era of Pan-African integration.
He added that cross-border energy infrastructure projects will not only facilitate energy trade but also foster regional integration.
Leaders present during the forum included Cabinet secretaries Davies Chirchir (Energy), Peninah Malonza (Tourism), Rebecca Miano (EAC) and Moses Kuria (Trade) among other leaders.