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Climate change: Kenya’s power sector is a shining example, the big hurdles are household and transport emissions

Anderson Kehbila, SEI – Africa Research Associate was featured in an article published by The Conversation, where he spoke on the steps Kenya has taken to mitigate carbon emissions. Drawing from his research, he suggested effective strategies for the country to curtail emissions. He also put forward recommendations for actions that the Kenyan government should undertake to tackle the challenges the country faces in transitioning towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.

Published on 23 October 2023
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Lawrence Nzuve / lawrence.nzuve@sei.org

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Although Kenya has plans to transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy, implementation remains a major challenge. The government can take the following actions to address this issue:

  • Use the draft National Green Fiscal Incentives Policy Framework to attract private-sector green investment at scale.
  • Work with think tanks, international NGOs and universities to develop bankable project proposals for the Global Environment FacilityGreen Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund.
  • Facilitate partnerships with the World Bank’s green bond programme and the African Development Bank’s Africa Green Bank Initiative to scale climate actions and low-carbon energy transitions.
  • Collaborate with development finance institutions, investors and international development organisations to refinance a portion of national debt at lower interest rates and longer repayment terms. This would provide savings to channel into low-carbon, climate-resilient development projects.
  • Set up a comprehensive national incubation programme to test and commercialise local green innovations by offering training, business development, technology and finance support.
  • Climate-proof infrastructure, community and other development projects to protect lives and livelihoods, and reduce direct losses from floods and droughts.

Read full article at The Conversation

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