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.
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.
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
incentives also aim at ensuring that industries reduce pollution to the
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.
environment ministry said poor waste management has negatively impacted on the
environment and has also exacerbated climate change related effects.
Kenya developed a National Environment Policy that provides a holistic framework
on the management of the environment and natural resources.
ensures that environmental matters are integrated in all government policies in
order to facilitate and realize sustainable development at all levels.
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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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.
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.
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.
Rosatom and the Kenyan Council for Nuclear Energy signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) and cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
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.