(Xinhua) -- Kenya will roll out new policy and
regulatory incentives to promote uptake of renewable energy in
the manufacturing sector, officials said at a forum in Nairobi
Principal Secretary in the ministry of
energy, Engineer John Njoroge said that greater uptake of
cleaner energy sources by industries is in line with Kenya’s
quest to accelerate low carbon development.
“Joint efforts by the government and
industries are key to promote adoption of green energy in
production and supply chains. We are supporting industries
reduce their carbon footprints through adoption of cleaner
technologies,” Njoroge said.
He spoke in Nairobi during a review of
energy efficiency measures promoted by local manufacturing lobby
to strengthen climate change response in the country.
Kenya has in the recent past enacted
progressive legislative and regulatory frameworks to attract
investments in renewable energy sources like wind, solar and
Njoroge revealed that renewables
comprise over 90 percent of Kenya’s energy mix and the figure
could go higher thanks to huge foreign direct investments
coupled with political goodwill to promote their uptake.
“We have encouraged manufacturing and
other critical sectors to make a substantial contribution to
carbon emissions reduction. The move will promote health of
ecosystems and communities,” said Njoroge.
He added that tax rebates on imported
cleaner technologies has promoted sustainable production and
consumption in the country.
Kenya’s manufacturing sector has
complied with global instruments on carbon emission reduction
through investments in resource efficiency at key production and
The Chairperson, Kenya Association of
Manufacturers (KAM), Flora Mutahi said that adoption of cleaner
energy sources has reduced cost of production alongside air
pollution within industrial premises.
“Our industrial sector is gradually
shifting to green energy whose economic, social and
environmental benefits are huge and long-term,” Mutahi
remarked adding that Kenyan manufacturers have won global
acclaim for enacting robust measures to reduce their carbon
and water footprints.