Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is set to benefit from its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects further giving impetus to the company’s efforts to combat climate change.
This follows the issuance of an additional 309,495 Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) for the organization’s Olkaria II CDM Project by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing the total amount of issued carbon credits to 550,981.
The electricity generating company is set to earn about Kes.119 million from the 550,981 carbon credits issued so far.
Speaking on the issuance of the CERs, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Mrs Rebecca Miano, said climate change has become one of the biggest global environmental challenges and has created an urgent need for mitigating against its effects.
“KenGen has a dedicated team to spearhead environmental sustainability and contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change. So far, we have developed and registered six CDM projects comprising of Olkaria II Geothermal Expansion Project, Redevelopment of Tana Hydro Power Station Project, Optimisation of Kiambere Hydro Power Project, Olkaria IV Geothermal Project, Olkaria I Units 4&5 Geothermal Project and Ngong Wind,” Rebecca Miano
These projects contribute to off-setting on an annual basis 1.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (C02) equivalent annually. Out of this, 550,981 Tonnes of CO2e has already been issued by the UNFCCC and are now available for sale. The sale process has been initiated as guided by the applicable disposal laws and regulations for the public sector organizations.
The CDM projects contribute to national sustainable development by providing clean energy, ensuring improved environmental quality, positive health impacts and increased productivity. CDM was developed as part of the output of global concern to contribute to climate change mitigation and to foster sustainable development for non-industrialized countries.
KenGen has been focusing on the production of green energy, and currently, more than 86 per cent of the energy produced by the company is from clean sources, namely wind, hydro and geothermal.