Uhuru Boasts of Kenya's Success at International Conference

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to Athlete Eliud Kipchoge in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to Athlete Eliud Kipchoge in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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  • Dressed in a sharp black suit, President Uhuru Kenyatta took the stage at the Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and bragged about Kenya's clean energy projects that have kept the country ahead of its peers.

    Speaking right after US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, November 2, the Head of State revealed that the country was on course to convert all its energy sources into clean energy by 2050.

    He noted that in the last couple of years, the country had embarked on expanding its clean energy portfolio including the construction of a wind power project, Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), the largest of its kind in Sub-saharan Africa.

    Since he took over the office, he explained that access to electricity has also grown from 30 per cent to 75 per cent countrywide easing pressure on forest dependency for cooking sources.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with World Leaders in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with World Leaders in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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    "We in Kenya have made significant progress in advancing access to affordable and clean energy for all. In this regard, we have increased access to electricity from below 30 per cent in 2013 to 75 per cent. We have installed the biggest wind power project in Sub-Saharan Africa and are steadily exploiting and deploying available geothermal potential currently estimated at some 10,000 megawatts to help us push our green agenda.

    "Renewable energy in Kenya currently accounts for 73% of all our installed power generation capacity while 90 per cent of all the electricity we use is from clean sources. We are on course of achieving our target of 100 per cent use of clean energy by 2030," he stated.

    Uhuru further noted that the state was determined to achieve complete clean energy cooking by the year 2028 attract applause from the attendees, most of them being world leaders.

    He further noted that Kenya was committed to working together with other countries to accelerate the development of clean energy.

    "Part of Kenya's long term strategy that is being finalised and depending on levels of international support as well as the principles of equity and fairness, we project to meet net-zero targets by the year 2050.

    "We urge all parties to step up their ambition in making clean energy technology the most affordable, accessible and attractive option in their social, economic and development interventions," he added.

    Biden, who also attended the event, noted that the US was committed to slashing global methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and says nearly 100 countries have pledged to accomplish this goal.

    World leaders are currently attending the three-day event that kicked off on Monday, November 1.