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 Keriako Tobiko Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry says experts from Africa will meet in Kenya in April to highlight strategies for accelerating global climate change action Tobiko said on Thursday that the first African climate week would be held in Nairobi on April 9 to April 13 for a five day conference The delegates will realign finance flows that are consistent with a pathway towards low emission and climate resilient development for the Paris Agreement Tobiko said in Nairobi He said that the conference would also serve as a knowledge sharing platform for discussing climate action in the continent It will also to focus on supporting the implementation of countries Nationally Determined Contributions and climate action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals Tobiko also says Kenya is in the process of establishing a climate change fund as a finance mechanism for priority climate change actions and interventions as required by the Climate Change Act 2016 Tobiko said the formulation of the fund had been ongoing in collaboration with the National Treasury following the approval of the National Climate Finance policy by the parliament The East African nation is among the first countries in the world to have a climate change Act and framework policy he said According to Tobiko the framework provides for the mainstreaming of climate change actions into planning budgeting and implementation at both national and county governments level He announced that the ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol that targets phasing out consumption and production of hydro flourocarbans by Kenya is almost concluded The CS said High Global Warming Potential GWP substances are expected to be phased down and replaced with low GWP alternatives as stipulated under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Currently most of the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the country are generally inefficient as they are mostly based on obsolete technologies This situation is worsened by the fact that the alternatives that are ozone layer and climate friendly are not readily available in the country Tobiko said Tobiko noted that the country was keen at introducing new environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector with the aim of eliminating Greenhouse gas emissions Kenya is a signatory of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer and has contributed to global efforts to mitigate climate change considering that most of the substances targeted by the Protocol are also potent green house gases Edited by Fatima Sule Grace Yussuf NAN
Africa mulls strategies to accelerate global climate action

Keriako Tobiko

Keriako Tobiko, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry says experts from Africa will meet in Kenya in April to highlight strategies for accelerating global climate change action.

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Tobiko said on Thursday that the first African climate week would be held in Nairobi on April 9 to April 13 for a five-day conference.

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Paris Agreement

“The delegates will realign finance flows that are consistent with a pathway towards low emission and climate resilient development for the Paris Agreement,’’ Tobiko said in Nairobi.


He said that the conference would also serve as a knowledge sharing platform for discussing climate action in the continent.

Nationally Determined Contributions

It will also to focus on supporting the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions and climate action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Climate Change Act

Tobiko also says Kenya is in the process of establishing a climate change fund as a finance mechanism for priority climate change actions and interventions as required by the Climate Change Act 2016.

National Treasury

Tobiko said the formulation of the fund had been ongoing in collaboration with the National Treasury following the approval of the National Climate Finance policy by the parliament.

East African

The East African nation is among the first countries in the world to have a climate change Act and framework policy, he said.


According to Tobiko, the framework provides for the mainstreaming of climate change actions into planning, budgeting and implementation at both national and county governments level.

Montreal Protocol

He announced that the ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol that targets phasing out consumption and production of hydro-flourocarbans by Kenya is almost concluded.

High Global Warming Potential

The CS said High Global Warming Potential (GWP) substances are expected to be phased down and replaced with low GWP alternatives as stipulated under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.


“Currently, most of the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the country are generally inefficient as they are mostly based on obsolete technologies.


“This situation is worsened by the fact that the alternatives that are ozone layer and climate friendly are not readily available in the country,’’ Tobiko said.


Tobiko noted that the country was keen at introducing new environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector with the aim of eliminating Greenhouse gas emissions.

Montreal Protocol

Kenya is a signatory of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer and has contributed to global efforts to mitigate climate change, considering that most of the substances targeted by the Protocol are also potent green house gases.


Edited by: Fatima Sule/Grace Yussuf
(NAN)

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