President William Ruto makes his remarks at the COP28 in Dubai on Friday, December 1, 2023. Image: PCS

COP28: Ruto rallies world to turn Africa into green power house

He said the entire world stands to benefit through industrial decarbonization.

In Summary

  • Ruto said Africa is ready to play its part in full to steer the world firmly back onto a 1.5°C preindustrial ceiling.
  • He said Kenya has mooted an ambitious plan to expand its current energy capacity of approximately 3 Gigawatts to 100 Gigawatts of entirely renewable

President William Ruto on Friday made a rallying call to world leaders to support initiatives aimed at turning Africa into a green powerhouse.

In his address to nearly 200 Heads of State and Government and representatives, Ruto said turning Africa into a green powerhouse is not just essential for the continent but is also vital for global industrial decarbonization.

“A tendency to ignore Africa’s developmental and industrialization needs, and the failure to invest in our burgeoning younger generation, is no longer a tenable proposition,” he said.

“We cannot afford to neglect the immense potential or ignore the pressing needs of a continent on the cusp of transformative growth.”

The President pointed out that the latest UN data shows that the world is hurtling at a perilous speed towards a world that is warmer by 3°C unless a significant and radical shift in economic and industrial patterns is adopted.

He said the evidence is alarming.

“In just the first ten months of this year, we experienced 86 days where temperatures soared over 1.5°C above preindustrial levels,” he said.

“Adding to this worrying scenario is the fact that global greenhouse gas emissions have not decreased, but rather increased, by a deeply worrying 1.2 per cent between 2021 and 2022.”

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