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Firms eye renewable energy systems

Story by Stanley James, Business Editor

Zimbabwe’s business community has endorsed the green economy roadmap aimed at investing more resources in renewable energy systems.

Global warming came under the spotlight during the climate change meeting held at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show.

With the effects of climate change being felt in all sectors of the economy, captains of industry recommended an action plan by mobilising resources towards increased investments in renewable energy.

“The roadmap should seek to ensure an equitable transition in all aspects of development in Zimbabwe, therefore, it can boost utilisation of natural resources sustainably, increase energy efficiency and reduce waste, while also promoting friendly environmental management
policies by productive sectors of the economy,” said the CEO of the African Renaissance for Sustainable Development, Mr Nehemiah Chipato.

“Global warming is within us so it calls for innovative ideas to mitigate the effects, the agricultural sector has not been spared therefore it is now up to the relevant authorities to formulate best practices that entail the utilisation of resources in a manner that does not damage the environments already the smart agriculture system is in motion indicating commitment by Zimbabwe to mitigate against any shocks, furthermore investments in dams are also seen as an indicator of reducing effects of droughts while facilitating clean energy systems for irrigation and power,” said Mr Ivan Craig an agronomist.

In line with aspirations of the National Development Strategy One, the green economy roadmap seeks to ensure industries invest massively in solar energy systems, while the construction sector is rolling out concepts that embrace the planting of trees around properties with the agriculture, mining and manufacturing industries focusing on low greenhouse gas emissions.

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