National renewable energy & biofuel policies launched

By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has launched the National Renewable Energy and Biofuel policies which are expected to ensure sustainable power and energy security while also reducing greenhouse emissions by 33 percent.
In a demonstration of the new dispensation’s commitment towards the implementation of renewable energy projects, President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Thursday unveiled the renewable energy and biofuels policies at a ceremony attended by top government officials including Vice President Kembo Mohadi, several cabinet ministers and key stakeholders in the energy sector.
President Mnangagwa said the launch of the two key energy policies comes at a time when Zimbabwe has suffered extensive power outages.
“The two policies are being unveiled at a time when our great nation is realising increased investment in the renewable energy sector. This will go a long way towards the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal number 7 which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. I commend all stakeholders who contributed in the development of these policies we are launching today,’’ said President Mnangagwa.
The President also spoke on the government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions imploring local authorities and the financial sector to avail land and resources to expedite the roll-out of the energy policies.
“While in the past, the rate at which renewable energy projects were being adopted and implemented was slow, there is now need to expedite projects roll out as this will impact on our modernisation agenda. I exhort local authorities throughout the country, to take advantage of this new policy thrust to avail land and facilities for renewable energy projects,” he said.
Meanwhile, the president received a solar geyser which the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Advocate Fortune Chasi says demonstrates local investors’ capacity to transform the energy sector.
Minister Chasi highlighted that the main objective of the sustainable renewable energy and power policy is to address the effects of climate change like drought which wrecked havoc on the major source of power at Kariba power station.
He said the policies are key documents which investors will be looking for as they scout for investment opportunities in the sector hence licensing processing will be expedited.