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Energy, a key driver in the advent of green technologies

By Tendai Guvamombe(Climate Change Reporter)

Zimbabwe’s national primary energy supply per unit of GDP is approximately three(3) times over global average and twice below Africa’s benchmarking.

Global energy intensity (total energy consumption per unit of GDP) improved by 2.1% in 2019 – according to International Energy Agency.

High energy demand demonstrates existence of energy inefficiencies for the country.

The inefficiencies are coupled by high Green House Gases(GHG) emissions thereby risking a culmination of global warming from temperature rise.

Zimbabwe’s Third(3rd) National Communication(TNC) on GHGs to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) shows that energy contribute 48 percent to emissions.

Energy efficiency and management was topical during a training workshop held by the government in partnership with UNDP at Kadoma Ranch Hotel from 13-18 September 2020.

The sectoral engagement had participants from Ministries of Energy, Environment, Finance, Agriculture, Women Affairs, Transport and Local Governments.

There were representives from respective sub sectors including ZERA, ZESA, ZTA, university students among key stakeholders.

African Youth Initiative on Climate Change(AYICC) and Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) were part of the sectoral engagement.

Key players certified the need to harness energy efficiency during the training of experts under the facilitation of Engineer Tendayi Marowa, a renowned Energy Consultant.

They are now expected to take part in GHG emissions data compilation for an enhanced Monitoring Reporting and Verification(MRV) Framework under UNFCCC.

Mr Douglas E. S. Mavhembu Acting Director International Tourism Corporation delivered a key note address on behalf of Environment Permanent Secretary.

He said the government programmes such as Low Emissions Development strategy among other polices has mitigation actions that will enhance energy efficiency and emissions reduction in the country.

“Energy Efficiency is a key component to our obligation to develop our nationally determined contributions. This also looks at the just completed Low Emissions Development Strategy(LEDS) .”

“Government came up with National Climate Change Response Strategy, National Climate Change Policy, the pending National Energy Efficiency Policy to reduce our emissions and achieve energy efficiency,” said Mavhembu.
Scaling up energy efficiency in Zimbabwe forms the basis to achieve nationally determined contributions in line with Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Energy efficiency forms the basis of Zimbabwe’s NDCs under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and government is taking this programme seriously. Ministry of Environment is the lead agent in implementing the goals but demands stakeholders engagement.”

Tendai Guvamombe