CLIMATE CHANGE

KIMANI LAVENDER: Combined effort required to achieve net zero emissions

So far, more countries are joining the bandwagon on climate action

In Summary

•More than 130 countries have committed so far to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 °C.

•The approach taken by these countries includes the initiation of projects around clean energy to reach their energy generation goals.

United Nations Secretary- General António Guterres.
United Nations Secretary- General António Guterres.
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Earlier this month, scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report indicating that the world is already sure to face further climate disruptions for decades, if not centuries, to come.

During its launch, UN Secretary General António Guterres described the report as a “code red for humanity”, signalling the need for rapid action on climate change and a strategic approach.

His sentiments echo what many organisations and governments are doing. However, there is also a great need to evaluate how they are doing it.

So far, more countries are joining the bandwagon on climate action by committing to the target of reducing emissions by net-zero by 2050.

According to United Nations Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, more than 130 countries have committed so far to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 °C and safeguard a livable climate. 

The approach taken by these countries includes the initiation of projects around clean energy to reach their energy generation goals.

For example, the approach in clean energy generation taken by companies like Kenya Electricity Generating Company shows that scaling down the use of fossil fuels in energy generation is necessary.

On the same note, investing in green energy projects while undertaking other measures like distributing tree seedlings to local communities are some of the paths that can take the lead to easy attainment of the climate change aspirations. 

Alongside that, the actualisation of plans to adopt electric vehicles by organisations like KenGen and Kenya Power will lead to a better way of achieving climate action while setting an excellent example to other nations.

Adopting climate-friendly ways of living can also be lead to an easier way of achieving net-zero emissions.

By blending modes of energy generation, planting more trees and reducing investments in fossil fuels, the dream to achieve net-zero emissions will remain alive. 

Nairobi

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris