Zambia has recently signed and agreement with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to boost the development of clean energy in the country. The agreement will provide a platform for uniting efforts, expertise and resources aimed at harnessing opportunities that promote clean energy development and increase access to sustainable energy.
According to the Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Trevor Kaunda, the agreement will also assist in hosting a renewable energy forum in 2021 aimed at attracting investment, support capacity building and community sensitization programs. “The government recognises the potential damage to the environment that exploitation of energy causes,” he said.
Helping the country deal with its energy crisis
WWF Zambia Country Director Nachilala Nkombo said that the signing of the agreement was about helping the country deal with its energy crisis. “There was a need for radical and innovative measures for adoption of diversified and scaled-up renewable energy options,” he added.
He further added that, there is an urgent need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to support the diversification and development of non-hydro renewable resources of energy that are climate-resilient.