Kenya keen to adopt clean energy tech
Kenya's government has pledged to bolster its climate action by implementing low-carbon, efficient transport systems ahead of the African Climate Summit, this week.
President William Ruto stated on Friday that his government will begin using new, clean, and sustainable energy technology.
He says this will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will also make transportation more affordable and help the electric vehicle industry develop.
According to the president, two- and three-wheeler vehicles account for most of the national fleet, and are primarily used by individuals at the bottom of the wealth pyramid.
"The adoption of electric mobility is a priority intervention to address the challenges of pollution," he stated.
He made the remarks during the launch of the national e-mobility programme at Mama Ngina waterfront, Mombasa.
Ruto assured ‘boda boda’ operators that the transition to e-mobility will significantly boost their incomes.
"Electric bikes are less expensive to operate than petrol bikes," he said.
The president stated that the government will soon phase out internal combustion engine motorcycles.
Kenya is dedicated to meeting its duties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, he added.
"We are on track to meet the Paris Agreement's pollution reduction targets. We are also taking decisive steps towards zero-emission," he stated.
The African Climate Summit, held in Kenya, begins this week, with leaders focusing on flood and famine financing and highlighting Africa's capacity to supply climate solutions through carbon banks.
African countries are requesting more climate financing to adapt to climate change and achieve development goals.