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Government negotiations Germany is supporting Kenya on its path to 100 per cent renewables-based energy generation
The agreements reached between Germany and Kenya will add concrete commitments to the German-Kenyan Climate and Development Partnership which was concluded at the international climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Kenya’s President William Ruto. Kenya is already generating about 90 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources – placing it at the top of the global green energy table. In order to support the East African country’s ambitious goal of transitioning wholly to renewable energy sources by 2030, Germany made commitments for projects that involve, for example, enlarging power grids, feeding renewable energy into the electricity network or providing advice on issues of national climate policy.In addition, Kenya will receive support for establishing a green hydrogen economy. As a country with especially large renewable energy resources and good infrastructure compared to some of its regional neighbours, Kenya is in a favourable position for making the energy transition and has the potential to become a regional leader in pioneering the use of this technology of the future. Green hydrogen can be used for a very wide range of PtX products, for example for fertiliser production, which is especially important for food security. Since Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine began, the prices for fertiliser have exploded. In East Africa, in particular, fertiliser is in short supply and, without it, the already precarious food situation is in danger of becoming an acute emergency.
Adaptation to climate change is another especially challenging task for Kenya. Eastern Africa has been experiencing a severe drought for several years now. This has pushed the region into an unprecedented crisis. Not only are the livelihoods of millions of people who work in agriculture threatened, the food supply for the entire population is hanging in the balance. The Climate and Development Partnership between Germany and Kenya therefore also includes a focus on making agriculture less vulnerable to the effects of drought – for example by growing crops that are more robust, or planting trees, or building storage facilities to help manage water use more efficiently. In order to create additional employment and income opportunities, above all for young people, Germany is also particularly promoting vocational training. There is a special focus here on the needs of women – for example by going digital. Online education and training means new opportunities for remote learning. That way, people who are tied to the home can still participate in the courses that are offered.