Uganda Gov't launches 2023 Energy policy

In Summary
  • 57% of Households in Uganda had access to atleast one source of energy in 2022.
Government Chief Whip Hamson Obua appending his signature on the launched Energy Policy in Kampala

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has launched the 2023 Energy policy with an aim of achieving universal access to sustainable, affordable, and quality energy services for all Ugandans.

The policy has been launched in partnership with GIZ Uganda's Broader Energy and Climate Programme.

The launched policy marks a significant step toward realizing Uganda's vision of a sustainable, reliable, and accessible energy landscape.

The policy reaffirms Uganda's commitment to providing reliable, equitable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable energy resources and services as a catalyst for socioeconomic transformation.

"The Energy Policy for Uganda 2023 represents our unwavering dedication to ensuring that Uganda's energy needs are met while preserving our environment'. Stated Ms Irene Bateebe,  the Ministry's Permanent Secretary.

She underscored the significance of the policy saying that it signifies a pivotal moment in the journey towards a more sustainable and accessible energy landscape. 

It demonstrates our resolve to ensure adequate, affordable, and reliable energy supply for all, with a strong focus on environmental preservation," she said.

Developing the Energy Policy for Uganda 2023 was a collaborative endeavour involving government ministries, departments and agencies, district local governments, development partners, private sector entities, academia, and civil society organizations.

This integrated approach ensured the development of a policy that speaks to all the current needs of the different stakeholders and is readily recognisable and usable by them. 

The policy further aligns with national and international frameworks, reflecting Uganda's commitment to global trends such as smart grids, clean energy for transportation, and smart appliances.

Mr. David Otieno, the Head of Programme for GIZ's Broader Energy and Climate Programme, 

noted that the Energy Policy for Uganda 2023 is not only a national achievement but also a strong move towards fulfilling Uganda's regional and international commitments.

The government chief whip Hamson Obua who represented the Prime Minister of Uganda Robina Nabanja noted that Uganda continues to pursue economic growth and industrialization, and this policy will play a pivotal role in achieving the targeted goals of the government

The Energy and mineral development forecasts a base case scenario and the Energy demand in 2027 will stand at 7664 GWh .

Reports from the ministry of Energy shows that Atleast 57% of Households in Uganda had access to atleast one source of energy in 2022.

The country's electricity connectivity of 28% is still ne of the lowest in Africa compared with the sub -Saharan average of 43%.