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COP28: Kenya among 118 countries to upscale nuclear energy

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Vihiga County Governor also the Chairperson of the Environment Committee of the Council of Governors Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo

Kenya among the 118 countries that have signed a landmark deal to scale up the generation and use of nuclear energy in the next eight years.

The deal requires countries to triple investment in nuclear from the current two trillion dollars to 7 trillion dollars by 2030.

Kenya is among the first countries to sign the draft as it seeks to green its grid by 2025.

Speaking at the COP28 conference in Dubai, Principal Secretary Ministry of Public Health Mary Muthoni said Kenya is in the process of preparing the medium term plan for the country in terms of resource mobilisation.

Principal Secretary Ministry of Public Health Mary Muthoni

Adding that: “This is the time to inject important issues into our medium-term plans in terms of resource mobilisation and equally reaching out to some of the open funds that we can access like the green climate fund.”

Vihiga County Governor who is also the Chairperson of the Environment Committee of the Council of Governors Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo noted that Climate change is a reality that is taking place and having a major impact on the economy of the country.

“When we did our budget we did not anticipate that El-Nino would be as severe as it has turned out.” Said Dr. Ottichilo.

Head of Programmes and Research PACJA Charles Mwangi

Nationally Determined Contribution

The Civil Society also voiced their concerns saying, there is a serious need to double adaptation finance adding that Africa requires massive resources to help it adapt to the changing climate.

Head of Programmes and Research at the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Charles Mwangi called for serious emission cuts stressing that: “Nationally Determined Contribution from Africa are over ambitious. Africa has highly over committed yet its emissions is just 4pc which is not evenly distributed across the continent. Emission cuts is a must.”

Nationally Determined Contribution, is a climate action plan to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts. Each Party to the Paris Agreement is required to establish an NDC and update it every five years.
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