Kenya’s energy sector expert in petroleum products, Mr. Wachira, gave a prescription to the country on how the energy sector can transition to the net-zero carbon emission ecosystem. He adds that this transition will continue to occur in other countries, especially with the current coronavirus pandemic conditions.
All nations are working towards maintaining an emission-free ecosystem, especially now that most businesses minimize expenses after the massive impact of the coronavirus. Mr. Wachira’s observations can be supported by the various developing countries which are fully venturing renewables and electric vehicles.
The switch to renewable or clean energy has electric vehicles to thank after the cars kindled a remarkable desire by the car owners to minimize pollution in the transportation sector. For instance, Germany is witnessing this positive trend with its energy sector shifting from coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy to renewables in what the nation terms as “energiewende.”
Germany’s vision is to achieve zero-emissions by 2050. This vision is the backbone of Germany’s Climate Protection Plan since it corresponds to the Paris Agreement regulations. The Plan details goals and strategies that will ensure the attainment of an emission-free environment.
Germany is one of the climate-change international financiers for developing nations with a currently expected contribution of four billion euros in 2020. The future systems will be running on geothermal, wind, and solar energy in addition to other renewables.
Additionally, various countries are developing policies to support renewable energy usage to minimize global warming induced by emissions. Kenya is a country endowed with vast renewable energy resources compared to Germany. While Kenya stands at a rate of 90% in renewables, Germany operates at close to half this percentage.
Although Kenya has these substantial resources in renewable energy, it is still struggling with high carbon emissions due to the high quantity of ICE vehicles circulating the economy. Kenya is even challenged in industrial development since most of the systems are dependent on fossil fuel energy.
Germany has been collaborating with Kenya for two decades to transform the country with renewable energy projects. The advantage of implementing such projects is that Kenya is in an appropriate position to fully transition to renewables like wind, geothermal, hydropower, and solar energy at an affordable cost.
One of the German-funded corporations has developed over 300 megawatts of renewables in Kenya. A perfect example is the Olkaria power plant, which has connected millions of Kenyans to the power source. Kenyans are slowly shifting to clean energy abandoning the pollutive energy sources.
In conclusion, projects like e-mobility in Kisumu through e-cargo transporters will help initiate the transition to clean energy in the city. Germany is assisting Kenya through other energy projects through loans, providing technical knowledge, and other financial services.