Ozone friendly Technologies to boost Kenya’s NDC’S
The adapting of ozone and climate friendly technologies will boost the country’s nationally determined contributions to the Parisclimate agreement, Principal secretary for Environment and Forestry Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed has said.
He said that with the assistance of development partners, Kenya is implementing the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), a project supported by the German Government aiming to promote sustainable cooling technologies that protect the global climate.
The GCI Network is an alliance of key players in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning(RAC) sector and comprises government institutions, international organizations and the private sector.
The PS underscored the importance of collaboration between diverse stakeholders to reduce global warming through new technologies adding that Kenya had experienced devastatingeffects of drought and floods courtesy of climate change.
Kenya’s NDC’s include generation of clean energy, reduction of emissions from the Forestry, Industry, Transportation and the waste sectors.
The German Agency for development (GIZ) has supported the Ministry of Environment to train refrigeration technicians and the customs officials on eliminating substances that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to green house gases emissions.
Production and consumption of Ozone depleting substances usually contained in refrigerants were to be eliminated globally by January 2019, according to the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal protocol of 1987.
Dr. Mohamed notedthat by implementing the GCI the Ministry of Environment and Forestry will support food security and universal health that were pillars in the Governments big four agenda.
He was speaking in his office when he received officials of GIZ of the German agency for development alongside some International Consultants responsible of global activities and national support for GCI who are currently visiting the country.
The GCI project aims to raise awareness of the significant mitigation potential associated with ozone and climate friendly cooling technologies. It will also support Kenya to formulate mitigation strategies in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning among other issues.
The GIZ and International consultants’ team was led by Nika Greger the PROKLIMA project manager.
The Ministry’s director for Multi-lateral environment agreements Richard Mwendandu and National Ozone coordinator MarindanyKirui flanked the Principal secretary.
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