NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Majority of Kenyans are keen to adopt cleaner sources of energy
for cooking and lighting despite access hurdles linked to
under-investments, regulatory and policy incoherencies, revealed
a survey launched in Nairobi on Monday.
The survey which was commissioned by
conservation lobbies indicated that seven out of ten Kenyan
households who rely on biomass as primary source of energy were
keen to abandon them in place of cleaner sources like natural
gas, solar, wind and geothermal.
Environmentalists hailed increased
appreciation of renewable energy by ordinary citizens saying it
will inject fresh impetus in Kenya’s low carbon development.
“There is no denying that adoption of
cleaner energy sources is key to healthy and inclusive
economic development in Kenya,” said the Secretary General
of Nairobi-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
PACJA and Christian Aid commissioned
the survey to gauge the uptake of clean energy sources in Kenya
and whether major political parties had factored them in their
manifestos ahead of August 7 polls.
The Nairobi based polling firm,
Infotrak conducted the survey which revealed that less than 1
percent of Kenyan households used renewable energy sources
exclusively to light their homes and cook.
Conducted in mid January this year,
the survey indicated that 67 percent of Kenyan households relied
on charcoal and wood for cooking while 53 percent relied on
electricity from the national grid to light homes.
Mwenda noted that Kenya has a chance
to sustain low carbon development pathways if the government
prioritizes regulatory and policy reforms, smart investing and
“Since Kenya is a signatory to Paris
climate deal, we have no option but to move away from fossil
fuels in order to minimize impacts of climate change to
habitats and livelihoods,” said Mwenda.
The Infotrak survey indicated that 88
percent of Kenyans were concerned about the impact of climate
change to their lives hence the need for the country to
accelerate green transition.
At the same time, 64 percent of
Kenyans were ready to rise above ethnic and sectarian interests
to vote for a political party that included clean energy in its
Campaigners stressed that significant
adoption of green energy at household level is key to address
poverty and indoor pollution that is a leading cause of
“Investments in renewable sources will
not only address energy poverty that hampers Kenya’s
development but will also reduce harm to vital ecosystems,”
remarked the Country Manager of Christian Aid, John Kitui.
He added that incentives like tax
exemption on imported solar panels and wind turbines alongside
public awareness will stimulate green energy uptake in Kenya.