Energy pathways for achieving Kenya’s nationally determined contribution to global efforts to mitigate climate change

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 19:30

TRANSrisk partner Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) have developed an interesting discussion brief which presents the TRANSrisk case study in Kenya.

More particularly, the brief examines fundamental questions about development priorities and trade-offs facing Kenya as it debates how to achieve its NDC. The authors suggest that all of the available low-carbon development options for the energy sector require extensive financial investment and place significant demands on energy sector governance. The main conflicts that remain in the transition to a low-carbon energy system are related to perceived trade-offs between centralised and decentralised energy solutions, and between domestic fossil-fuel and renewable energy resources.

It is argued that increasing public and community resistance impose additional barriers to projects, especially where local participation in planning and local benefit-sharing is limited or is widely perceived to be as such. In order to eliminate those barriers a set of key strategies is identified. Particularly, it is important to engage stakeholders early in the development of projects and interventions; to early enable public dialogue around broader energy development pathways; and to develop transparent benefit-sharing mechanisms that are co-designed with affected stakeholders.

The Kenyan case study explores transition pathways regarding the decarbonisation of energy sector and particularly, by exploiting geothermal power and decreasing charcoal use.

The discussion brief is attached below, while more information on the context of the TRANSrisk case study in Kenya is available in the report "D3.2 Context of 15 case studies: Kenya - Charcoal and Geothermal Sector".

More information can be found at the relevant webpage in SEI.

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