‘Renewable energy no longer a matter of choice, but necessity’

By ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reaffirmed Zimbabwe’s commitment to the global aspirations and goals in relation to climate change adaptation.

This has been done through deliberately developed multi-pronged national policies, to mainstream the country’s mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change, including the renewable energy policy, that seek to enhance the use of alternative energies.

The President was speaking at the Official Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Edition of the International Renewable Energy Conference and Expo in Victoria Falls this Friday, where he explained Zimbabwe’s standing in terms of power generation and the challenges being faced by the country in that regard.

“Zimbabwe is fortunate to be endowed with huge and diverse renewable energy potential, which must be tapped to effectively create a sustainable energy portfolio.To date, we have been welcoming increased investments in the renewable energy sector from both local and international investors. These investments augment power supplies from our major power stations, which have tended to be erratic due to challenges induced by the illegal sanctions, antiquated equipment and reduced hydro-power generation in Lake Kariba, due to more frequent droughts, among other factors,” he said.

In line with the country’s Climate Change commitments,the President noted that Zimbabwe is keen to adopt new energy systems and invited partners to invest in the local production of renewable energy solutions.

“My government is keen to adopt a new and novel energy systems in line with our climate change commitments.Investment opportunities also exist through the exploitation of our vast reserves of coal bed methane and natural gas. I invite partners to invest in the local production of various renewable energy solutions and products,” he added

He also called on the media to play an effective role in the country’s developmental agenda.

“I want to conclude by appealing to media houses to play their part in disseminating information on pertinent issues that drive the national development agenda and promote a higher quality of life for our people.This must include information relating to climate change and the sustainable generation and use of renewable energy,” said the President.

The 3rd Edition of the International Renewable Energy Conference and Expo is being held under the theme, The New Frontier, Net Zero Africa .

The conference is considered timely, as it comes soon after the world convened at COP 26 and the growing reality that renewable energy is no longer a matter of choice, but necessity, given the negative effects of climate change.

In line with the global quest to scale up adaptation and climate change mitigation, the conference is expected to result in concrete recommendations and models on ways to harness the opportunities which exist in the renewable energy sector.