ZAMBIA is making tremendous strides in mitigating climate change, says Lands and Natural Resources Permanent Secretary Mr. Ndashe Yumba.
Mr. Yumba said this at a side event on Mobilising Investment for Off Grid Energy Solutions in African Countries organised by Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa on the side-lines of the on-going Madrid Climate Change Conference COP-25 in Madrid, Spain.
Mr. Yumba commended various partners and specifically Beyond the Grid Fund Africa for complementing Governments efforts in meeting its pledge to the Paris Agreement through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) where the Country pledged to reduce its emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Energy Sectors.
Mr. Yumba further pointed out that Beyond the Grid Fund Project had recorded 151,190 energy services subscriptions and 786,188 total beneficiaries.
The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that a total of 1,505 jobs had been created and 372,165 kg of carbon dioxide was being mitigated annually.
Mr. Yumba said the mentioned gains met all the pillars of sustainable development of contributing towards the Social, Economic and Environmental components of development.
Additionally, Mr. Yumba said the Project contributed greatly to the sustainable development of Zambia’s Energy sector and that the Government had been reviewing and developing relevant policies and regulations so as to ensure that the development of the sector responded to the ever-changing business environment.
“The year 2019 has seen cabinet approve the draft National Energy Policy (NEP) 2019 and the Electricity and Energy Regulation Bills 2019.” He noted.
Mr. Yumba explained that NEP highlighted policy guidance with regard to climate change, research and development, gender mainstreaming and development and management of renewable and alternative energy so as to meet the demand for energy in Zambia.
He therefore cited out the current scenario where the Ministry of Energy in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance were implementing statutory instrument 32 & 33 of 2008 which required the Energy Technologies that had zero duty as one of the examples to meet the demand for energy in Zambia.
“We have placed duty free on energy efficient lighting lamps, solar panels, solar geysers, solar batteries and inverters for solar power and energy saving appliances, machinery and equipment in order to meet the demand for energy in Zambia.” The Permanent Secretary said.
The Permanent Secretary is accompanied by Zambia’s Ambassador to France and Non-resident to Spain Dr. Christine Kaseba-SATA, Senior Government officials from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Paris Mission Trade and Economic Attaché at the Madrid Climate Change Conference COP-25.
The COP is an annual meeting of Countries that are party to the Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
This is the highest decision-making body of the Convention and its main purpose is to review progress of implementation of the three instruments by parties and to give guidance on further work required.
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