Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


British ministers in Kenya to discuss green energy technology

17 April 2014, 08:10

Nairobi - British Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Gregory Barker was visiting Kenya on Wednesday to discuss environmental issues including green energy technology.

A statement from the British embassy in Nairobi said Barker who will be in Kenya for two days will see examples of green energy business partnerships between Kenyan and British companies and visits to solar farms.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Barker said Kenya is highly susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change that are presenting a serious threat to achievement of Vision 2030.

"We will also work closely with Kenya on the international climate negotiations, towards a new ambitious global deal in 2015, " he said in a statement issued by the embassy in Nairobi.

The British minister said London is a huge contributor of funds to help Kenya mitigate from and adapt to the consequences of climate change.

Over a four year period, Barker said, Britain will spend over 58 million U.S. dollars from the UK's International Climate Fund, on a range of activities including supporting Kenya to implement its National Climate Change Action Plan.

He said the funds will also enable Kenya to leverage private sector investment in low carbon technologies, helping communities to adapt to the effects of climate change, and improving livelihoods in affected areas.

The British minister's visit comes as a newly launched report says Kenya stands to gain greater economic benefits of higher productivity and greater food security while lowering the level of environmental pollution through a shift towards the "green economy".

The report launched by the government and UNEP urges the government to consider adopting targeted clean energy solutions for households and institutions and, making more investments in renewable energy, such as geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel energy to accelerate the transition.

Kenya is already demonstrating leadership by pioneering green economy approaches in the energy, urban and natural resources sectors as a vehicle to deliver its national development goals.

The Green Economy Assessment Report finds that Kenya's transition to a green economy could produce equivalent to an estimated 45 billion U.S. dollars by 2030 in economic benefits as cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources.

 - Xinhua

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...