The role of nuclear energy in Kenya’s decarbonization agenda was the focal point for NuPEA’s participation during The Africa Climate Week that ran between 4th – 8th September, 2023. In the refurbished environs of the iconic Kenyatta International Convention Centre, delegations from various parts of the continent deliberated on various pertinent toward delivering climate-positive growth and finance solutions for Africa and the world.
Seventeen Heads of State and hundreds of high level government officials from around the continent were joined by United Nations agencies, African Union, Private Sector players, Development Partners, Youth Groups and the Civil Society in the first-ever event of its kind.
Africa Climate Week served as a platform to unite efforts for climate action and showcased leadership, enhanced commitments, mobilized climate finance, strengthened regional collaboration, and empowered local communities. By demonstrating resilience, innovation and determination, Africa takes a leading role in the global fight against climate change. This is expected to inspire other regions of the world to work toward a sustainable future.
The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP) Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir, led the sector’s participation in the week-long event. Institutions and agencies in the energy and petroleum spheres were housed in the Kenya pavilion under the appropriately named: Energy Village. The institutions that showcased their climate change mitigation measures, plans, actions and interventions were Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Geothermal Development Company (GDC), Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO), Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC), Kenya Pipeline Company and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.
NuPEA’s participation during the climate week highlighted the benefits of nuclear technology by engaging various stakeholders who visited the booth. With its credentials of having one of the lowest carbon footprints among energy technologies, available 24 hours a day for seven days a week and the ability to operate flexibly, nuclear power is geared to make an important contribution to a low-carbon energy mix, complementing renewable sources of electricity.