By Shingirai Vambe
We must cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions by at least half in this decade to avert a climate catastrophe. With this imperative in mind, we must remain laser-focused on a rapid transition to 65% percent clean energy in Zimbabwe by 2030.
The energy ministry has come up with an innovative way of promoting use of clean renewable energy and the introduction of smart metres and net metering is but one way of pushing masses to transit to solar and hydro energy, as there are advantages coming by feeding into the grid.
Private players, development partners, United Nations Development Programme in particular spearheaded the awareness and engagements between ministries, institutions and the private sector, showing opportunities that are coming because of Climate Change.
Private player in the renewable and energy sector, Zimbabwe Sunshine Group has once again hinted on the holding of the second Expo this year, after a successful one is last year.
Ronnie Mbaisa told the Post On Sunday Newspaper that the Africa Green, Waste and Energy Expo & Summit has attracted the regional and international market that South Africa is attending this year’s Expo and Summit with proposals to host next year.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environement, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality, Ambassador faranesi said the expo is coming at a time when the country is making strides on carbon foot prints.
“The Green Expo and Summit is coming at an opportune time as the Government of Zimbabwe recently launched its long awaited Carbon Trading Framework which seek to incentive Climate action and is expected to stimulate investment and meaningful action by sector players. More importantly, it will also benefit local actors and the country at large through its carefully structured revenue sharing model,” said Faranasi.
Zimbabwe has taken the opportunity to implement the requirement in the Paris Agreement and through Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) and in stock taking the progress made in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) across sectors.
The Green expo and summit is running from July 26 to 28th July 2023, at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), under the theme:“Just Transition – Remodelling Systems.” In addressing existential issues we are facing today; caused by unsustainable production and consumption patterns, a huge demand is placed on us to transition from linear to circular economic model. As we make this transition it is our hope as the government that we will be able to remodel systems in an all- inclusive and just manner in order not to leave any one and any place behind.