Kenya Plans to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030

Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hotspots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next 9 years to support the goals of the Paris Agreement.

According to President Kenyatta, the country’s commitment is to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 per cent and termed climate change as a development and security threat that must be addressed urgently.

“Kenya’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) that was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2020, commits to reduce emissions by 32% by 2030 against the business as Usual (BAU) scenario.

“In addition, we are in the process of developing a Greenhouse Gas Emission Strategy (LTS) for 2050; and will submit the report to United Nations Framework for Convention on Climate Change before COP 26, in November 2021,” the President announced.

The Head of State spoke during a panel discussion at the virtual leaders’ summit on climate change convened by US President Joe Biden. President Kenyatta represented Africa on the panel that had leaders of Denmark, Israel, Norway, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

President Kenyatta said Kenya’s target is to fully move to renewable energy by the year 2050, noting that clean energy accounts for approximately 90 per cent of total electricity supply, a statistic that the country intends to raise to 100 per cent by 2030.