KenGen Olkaria II Power Plant
Wind turbines at the KenGen station in Ngong hills. [ Photo / Xinhua - Zhao Yingquan]

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is set to benefit from its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, giving a boost to the company’s efforts to combat climate change.

This follows the issuance of additional 309,495 Certified Emission Reductions (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.

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,” Mrs Miano said. So far, KenGen has developed and registered six CDM projects comprising 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.

These projects, she added, contribute to offsetting on an annual basis 1.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (C02) equivalent. Out of this, 550,981 Tonnes of CO2 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 which ensures improved environmental quality, positive health impacts and increased productivity. CDM was developed as part of the output of a 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 percent of the energy produced by the company is from clean sources namely wind, hydro and geothermal.

As a way of enhancing its portfolio of climate change mitigation projects, the company intends to incorporate additional geothermal, wind and solar projects which will reduce between 100,000 to 600,000 carbon emissions every year, in the process reducing the impact of climate change on the environment.

KenGen which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) will now earn about Ksh119 million from the 550,981 carbon credits issued so far.

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