Sustainable gains made through the Renewable Energy Policy in Kenya

  • 13 Feb 2023
  • 3 Mins Read
  • 〜 by Abigael Ndanu

In recent years, Kenya has made significant strides in advancing the renewable energy sector and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With a growing population and expanding economy, Kenya’s energy demand is increasing, making it imperative to find new, sustainable sources of energy. To address this challenge, the government has implemented a comprehensive Renewable Energy Policy aimed at promoting the use of clean and sustainable energy sources, and driving sustainable development. So far, as a result of this policy, Kenya has made tremendous progress in: 

  • Boosting Energy Access: The Renewable Energy Policy has been instrumental in increasing access to electricity, especially in rural areas where the majority of Kenya’s population lives. By investing in renewable energy projects such as solar and wind power, the government has been able to provide communities with access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, enabling them to improve their quality of life and increase their income-generating activities.
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions: Kenya has set an ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. The Renewable Energy Policy is playing a critical role in achieving this goal by promoting the use of clean energy sources that emit significantly less carbon compared to fossil fuels.
  • Supporting Local Entrepreneurship: The growth of the renewable energy sector in Kenya has created new business opportunities for local entrepreneurs and start-ups. By providing access to affordable financing and technical assistance, the government is supporting the development of a thriving renewable energy industry that is driving sustainable economic growth.
  • Improving Energy Security: The Policy is improving Kenya’s energy security by reducing the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. This, in turn, helps to mitigate the impact of price volatility in the global oil market and ensures that Kenya has a stable and secure energy supply.
  • Fostering International Cooperation: The policy is also attracting international investment and cooperation, helping to bring new technologies, best practices, and expertise to the country. This is helping to build a strong and sustainable renewable energy industry that is well-positioned to meet Kenya’s growing energy needs for years to come.

The Renewable Energy Policy in Kenya is a critical component of the country’s sustainable development agenda. By promoting the use of clean and sustainable energy sources, reducing carbon emissions, supporting local entrepreneurship, and improving energy security, the Policy is helping to create a brighter, more sustainable future for all Kenyans.

Organisations in Kenya should therefore shift to renewable sources of energy for a sustainable future. The shift to renewable energy sources will help reduce the cost of energy, provide energy security, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to the fight against climate change. With the increasing availability of technology and investment in the renewable energy sector, the transition to a more sustainable energy future has become more accessible and attainable. By embracing renewable energy sources, organisations can not only benefit the environment but also their bottom line, creating a win-win situation for everyone.

Organisations in Kenya can shift to the use of renewable energy in several ways, including:

  • Solar energy: One of the most popular renewable energy sources in Kenya, solar energy can be used for lighting, heating, cooling, and other appliances.
  • Wind energy: Wind energy can be used to generate electricity for organizations in Kenya.
  • Biomass energy: This type of renewable energy can be generated from organic waste materials such as agricultural and forestry waste.
  • Hydro energy: Hydro energy can be harnessed through the use of hydroelectric dams, providing a steady source of renewable energy.
  • Geothermal energy: Kenya has significant geothermal resources, which can be used to generate electricity.

Organisations can adopt these renewable energy sources either through direct installation of renewable energy systems on their premises, or through the purchase of renewable energy credits. Additionally, organisations can also implement energy-efficient measures to reduce their energy consumption and improve energy management practices.