Kenya is a regional leader in its commitment to address climate change. Its National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013-2017) outlines a low emission, climate-resilient development pathway that supports Kenya’s economic and social development goals.
Through the EC-LEDS program, the United States is directly supporting Kenya to strengthen national climate change coordination, enhance access to clean energy and efficient energy systems, support the development of a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system, and facilitate improved national and county decision-making on climate change interventions.
Accomplishments and Progress
Advancing Climate Change Legislation. With U.S. support, Kenya became one of the first countries in Africa and globally to enact a progressive climate change law, the Climate Change Act 2016. The act establishes a National Climate Change Council and Directorate to coordinate planning and provides a technical foundation for climate change governance and a Climate Change Fund to finance priority actions and help Kenya meet its national climate goals. – 2016
Increasing Access to Clean, Reliable Energy. U.S. energy experts are supporting Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan priority of diffusing solar technologies to increase rural access to power grids and clean energy. In 2016, this effort mobilized $13 million in funds through the USAID Development Credit Authority, helped stakeholders draft a policy brief to accelerate the manufacture and distribution of solar lighting kits in the country, and provided technical trainings to promote installation of solar PV (solar lighting kits) and thermal (solar water heaters) technologies to replace kerosene. Laying the groundwork for clean energy will help Kenya curb air pollution, increase energy security, and open new markets for clean energy entrepreneurs. - 2016
Promoting Sustainable Land Use. U.S. forestry experts helped draft a Community Land Bill to protect fragile ecosystems—such as dryland forests and arid and semi-arid rangelands—which have been degraded and burned by the expansion of settlements, agriculture, and livestock in communities across Kenya. Enactment of the bill will enhance land-tenure security and improve the management of degraded communal lands, which will have long-term effects on reducing Kenya’s GHG emissions. - 2015
Assessing Clean Energy Potential. U.S. energy experts developed a Geospatial Toolkit for Kenya, an interactive map of renewable energy resource data. The toolkit will facilitate assessments and integrated renewable energy planning to support rural electrification and renewable energy actions identified in the NCCAP. - 2015
Supporting Wind Power. Through the Power Africa program, U.S. and Kenyan energy experts are addressing the grid integration challenges of Kenya’s nascent wind power industry. This partnership will undertake a renewable energy integration study, an operational gap analysis of Kenya’s existing grid, and the revision of Kenya’s Grid Code to increase the scale and reliability of wind power in Kenya. – Ongoing
- Benefits of Low Emission Development Strategies: The Case of Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project
- National Climate Change Action Plan
Organizations and Programs
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – Kenya
- U.S. Department of State – Kenya
- Africa Low Emission Development Strategies Partnership
- USAID Power Africa
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