Monday, June 1, 2015

Nairobi City Joins Global Climate Change Action Commitment.

By Charles Ogallo.

Nairobi is among 402 cities across the world that have registered their commitments to the global long term climate change action as part of growing ambitions towards this year’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

Nairobi has also committed to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency as well as set green house gas emission reduction goals by 2030.

The commitments comes as Kenya declares again to focus more on clean energy production in the country in order to benefit from what green economy offers.

Speaking Monday during this year’s Madaraka Day celebration at the heart of the city, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government has put in place plans to ensure one million more Kenyan households are connected to locally produced electricity.

“My government will focus more on production of clean energy as we continue to meet energy demands in the country” said President Kenyatta.

Since inception of Kenyatta Government in 2013, a lot has happened in terms of lighting up slum areas within and outside the capital city Nairobi with solar and other clean energy supply.

The online portal is designed to showcase several inspiring developments within the scope of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda and catalyze public –private sector action on climate change before and after 2020, when the Paris universal climate agreement will take effect.

The commitments from cities , businesses and investors housed and showcased in an updated version of of the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action-NAZCA portal - will also add critical momentum towards the new universal climate agreement in December.

The NAZCA portal was originally launched at COP 20 in Lima where Peru’s Environment Minister and President of last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, said the Nazca lines symbolize connection, action and movement.

The online registration process – in partnership with CDP, the Carbon Climate Registry and Global Investors on Climate Change – provides a simple system for ensuring that climate commitments are registered with the UN in time for Paris.

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