Strengthening Kenya-UK partnerships on climate change

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Nairobi – The UK has stepped up climate action in Kenya with new partnerships announced at the COP26 global climate change talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

The partnership ranges from electric vehicles to forest conservation; money to fight, among other things, drought.

Speaking at a COP26 satellite event in Nairobi on Thursday, when UK-backed Kenyan electric boda boda companies showcased their innovations, UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott said the partnership is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to working with Kenya to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“The new Kenya-UK climate partnerships announced at COP26 demonstrate our commitment to supporting Kenya’s future of green jobs that will last through weather services, forest data and climate finance,” Marriott said.

Kenya and the UK signed a declaration on zero emissions in transport at the ongoing summit.

The event marked the end of a pilot that included 40 bikers and bikes from local assemblers, Opibus, Arc Ride, Ecobodaa, Mazi Mobility, Fika and Kini EV, in partnership with Uber and E-Safiri.

It comes as Kenyan e-bodas maker Opibus has announced that it has raised 750 million shillings from private investors, with support from Britain’s Manufacturing Africa program.

In addition to reducing emissions and health benefits, switching to an electric boda could increase cyclist income by up to 35%, according to a UK-funded analysis.

She added that electric bodas are the future of transportation as the world strives to reduce the carbon footprint.

“Electric bodas are behind the green revolution in Kenya, and we are championing them in Nairobi as Kenya continues to lead the fight against climate change.

Marriot added that the partnerships will strengthen the UK’s climate work with Kenya’s support institutions, grassroots organizations and scientists to tackle the climate crisis.

The British envoy to Kenya said the partnership was part of the UK’s new global pledge to provide Sh2 trillion in climate finance to the world by 2025.

It comes as Kenyan e-bodas maker Opibus has announced that it has raised KES 750 million from private investors, with support from Britain’s Manufacturing Africa program.

In addition to reducing emissions and health benefits, switching to an electric boda could increase cyclist income by up to 35%, according to a UK-funded analysis.

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industrialization Betty Maina expressed Kenya’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint.

“Kenya can be a world leader in championing electric vehicles, not only by reducing harmful emissions, but also by increasing the number of vehicles manufactured in Kenya. I am delighted that the UK has helped develop this industry in Kenya as we work together to tackle the impacts of climate change.

Recent studies have shown that sales of electric motorcycles in Kenya are expected to reach at least 20,000 by 2025.

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner in Kenya, Theodora Clarke, said electric boda bodas will create more jobs for Kenyans.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of today’s launch of the electric boda bodas, which have the potential to create 5,100 sustainable jobs and move Kenya forward towards achieving net zero emissions,” she said. .

COP26 builds on the UK’s KES 22 billion climate investments in Kenya over the past three years – working with Kenya to adapt and manage the worst effects of climate change and create jobs in green and sustainable way.

New climate partnerships in Kenya include a new partnership with the UK’s leading Met Office to boost weather forecasting and early warning systems so people at risk of drought or flooding can prepare for advance of climatic shocks.

Another collaboration is the provision of 125 million shillings to improve forest monitoring through advanced satellite data to unlock international payments to combat deforestation and restore tree cover, in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Help eight at-risk counties in Kenya plan and access climate finance to help respond to extreme weather conditions like droughts and new funding in climate research to identify tangible solutions to curb climate change in Kenya and countries from Africa

Last November, the UK and Kenya launched a Joint Year of Climate Action to advance the Kenya-UK strategic partnership agreed in 2020 at a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


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