KENYA – The Danish government has expressed keen interest in aiding the Kenyan government’s quest to harness renewable energy as a strategic solution for energy accessibility, security, and fostering green growth.
Denmark’s Minister of Climate and Energy, Lars Aagaard, conveyed, “We possess extensive expertise in integrating wind energy and boast entities capable of extending financial support. Our commitment involves bolstering the development of eco-friendly electricity systems.”
Speaking on the periphery of the ongoing climate discussions in Dubai, Aagaard underscored his country’s government-to-government pacts with several nations, emphasizing their prolonged utilization of wind energy. “Presently, half of our electricity consumption derives from wind sources,” he highlighted.
Highlighting the cost-effectiveness of large-scale electricity production, Aagaard advocated for solar and wind technologies.
“Transitioning towards eco-conscious methods safeguards our future competitiveness and economic stability. Our collective desire for a secure world compels action against the challenges posed by climate change,” he emphasized.
Aagaard envisioned the shift towards eco-friendly practices as not only an environmental imperative but also a potential revenue source for societies, asserting that electric mobility stands as a more economically viable option.
Amidst ongoing discussions, countries including Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Canada, Chile, and Barbados advocate for a commitment to doubling global energy efficiency by 2030.
According to the International Energy Agency, the global renewable energy supply from solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal sources exhibited an eight percent increase last year.
Kenyan estimates delineate an installed energy capacity comprising 863MW of geothermal, 838MW of hydro, 436MW of wind, 2MW of biomass, 173MW of solar, and 678MW of thermal energy.
Edward Mayaka, Director for Partnerships and Public Awareness at the Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority, commended the commitments made by governments, industries, civil organizations, and stakeholders.
“Nuclear energy presents numerous advantages in confronting climate change. Unlike fossil fuels, nuclear power generation nearly eliminates direct carbon emissions,” Mayaka asserted.
He further emphasized, “This inherent characteristic positions nuclear energy favorably for nations aspiring to curtail their carbon footprint and meet ambitious emissions reduction goals.”
Analysts underscore the cost efficiency, remarkable reliability, and stability of nuclear power plants, presenting them with a distinct advantage in the energy landscape.