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Kenya plans incentives to encourage invest-
ments for solid waste management

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is exploring a raft of financial and policy incentives in order to enlist the private sector’s help in curbing solid waste menace, officials said on Friday.

Principal Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Charles Sunkuli told a media briefing in Nairobi that the incentives will attract private sector investments into recycling of solid waste as part of plans to ensure Kenya achieves the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are currently in discussions with the National Treasury in order to introduce tax incentives and waivers that will promote private sector investment into the recycling industry,” Sunkuli said during the launch of the score card on waste management, which promotes constant improvements in waste management in the country.

The incentives also aim at ensuring that industries reduce pollution to the environment.

Sunkuli said economic growth and the expansion of the middle class have led to increased generation of solid waste.

The PS noted that management of waste in the country remains a major challenge as most urban areas and counties lack the requisite waste handling infrastructure.

The environment ministry said poor waste management has negatively impacted on the environment and has also exacerbated climate change related effects.

In 2014, Kenya developed a National Environment Policy that provides a holistic framework on the management of the environment and natural resources.

The policy ensures that environmental matters are integrated in all government policies in order to facilitate and realize sustainable development at all levels.

The National Environment Management Authority has also formed an inter-agency committee on the enforcement of waste regulations, which aims at identifying gaps in the implementation of the waste agenda in the country.

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Expert calls on African nations to embrace nuclear energy to ease shortage NAIROBI Xinhua An expert on Friday called on African countries to consider nuclear energy as a key contributor to the mix of its energy sources to help ease electricity shortage Viktor Polikarpov, Regional Vice President of sub-Saharan Africa at Rosatom, Russia-based global actor on the world’s nuclear technology market, said nuclear energy’s long-term benefits far outweigh those of renewable energy. In order to combat the current energy challenge faced by East Africa and the rest of the continent, Africa needs affordable and clean baseload power. Countries that go nuclear are assured of security of supply, reduced greenhouse emissions and are able to develop a highly skilled workforce,” Polikarpov said at the East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi.

He pointed out that Africa is more than ready to develop new technologies, adding that a comprehensive mix of energy will provide Africa with the energy it needs to reach its highest economic potential.

So far, nine African countries have the potential to produce nuclear energy.

He said nuclear is undoubtedly becoming a global trend because it’s reliable, environmentally friendly and an affordable source of base load power.

“If you look at the long-term cost of nuclear production in comparison to the other energy sources, you will establish that nuclear energy is not only sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly but is also significantly cheaper in the long run,” Polikarpov added.

In May, Rosatom and the Kenyan Council for Nuclear Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.

Among the immediate tasks, the two sides agreed to conduct consultations on the issues of possible development and signing of an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The MoU also seeks to create a basis for cooperation between Kenya and Russia in the domain of nuclear energy in a wide area of issues, including: assistance in development of Kenyan nuclear energy infrastructure; fundamental and applied research; design, construction and operation of nuclear energy and research reactors; production and use of radio isotopes in the industry, medicine, and agriculture.



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