Kenya aims to become hub for green technologies
11 December 2013, 09:52
Nairobi - Kenya's dream of becoming a regional hub for green
technologies and innovations has gone over drive as the nation seeks home grown solution to climate risks.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural
Resources, Professor Judy Wakhungu reaffirmed the government's
commitment to support innovations that promote low carbon transition.
"Kenya supports initiatives that encourage sharing of technical
know-how to build resilience to costly natural disasters. We have adopted
an integrated approach to advance economic, social and environmental
objectives simultaneously," Wakhungu said during a Green Technologies
Symposium in Nairobi.
The exhibition was hosted by Strathmore University's Kenya Climate
Change Innovation Centre to showcase 30 pioneering green technologies
that have made an impact across the country.
Kenya is the first country in Africa to host the World Bank funded
climate innovation centre that supports development, deployment and
transfer of locally relevant climate technologies.
Launched in September 2012, the center has so far supported over 70
clean technology ventures in diverse areas including renewable energy,
water supply and climate smart agriculture.
Kenya's national action plan on climate change root for technologies
and innovations that would enable communities adapt to severe weather
Wakhungu urged the private sector and development partners to support
the development and large scale deployment of green technologies.
"Tackling the shared threat of climate change demands for a business
unusual approach. The government has created a friendly policy
environment to encourage investments in climate technologies and
innovations," said Wakhungu.
The centre aims to help the government of Kenya to promote green growth, to protect the environment, and to create jobs.
He said the centre will help Kenya to address the challenges of
climate change, by finding ways to reduce carbon emissions and to
increase climate resilience, especially in energy, agriculture and water
Wakhungu reiterated that green technologies will deliver a mix of economic, social and environmental benefits to the country.
"In addition to boosting climate resilience in the country, these
innovations have created jobs and ensured communities have access to
clean energy, safe drinking water and better sanitation, " Wakhungu
The Kenyan government roots for public-private partnerships to develop a vibrant market for green technologies.
Wakhungu noted that medium sized enterprises have churned out cutting
edge technologies on clean energy, water purification and sustainable
"The government will support local entrepreneurs develop climate
smart technologies in order to achieve a sustainable and inclusive
growth in the country," Wakhungu said.
Kenya has pioneered innovative solutions to climate risks through development and deployment of green technologies.
The World Bank's Country Director, Diarietou Gaye noted that Kenya
has the largest number of start-ups in the region that are promoting
green technologies and innovations.
"Kenyan enterprises are developing innovative climate mitigation and adaptation solutions," Gaye said.
The center will help Kenya achieve a mix of economic, environmental
and social results, including: jobs created and companies launched, a
reduction of CO2 emissions, greater climate resiliency, access to clean
energy and water, and strengthened technology and innovation capacity.
The center is part of infoDev's Climate Technology Program (CTP) ,
which is establishing CICs in six other developing countries and the
global infrastructure to support and link them. The Kenya CIC will be
seeded by a contribution of 15 million U.S. dollars over five years.