- Platform to prepare Uganda for the renewable energy transition.
- Civil society calls for decentralization of the policies on Energy.
- Tax reduction on renewable energy technologies to spur development
The minister of Energy and Ministry Development Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu has launched the National Renewable Energy Platform aimed at preparing Uganda for renewable energy transition by gathering views from stakeholders to work on policies that will see Uganda transition to clean energy.
Speaking during the launch, Hon Nankabirwa said that Uganda is geographically positioned and with good policies on renewable energy, the country will be able to generate renewable energy given the fact that Hydro energy which Uganda is relying on is easily affected by climate change.
She notes that once Uganda finalizes the construction of the East African Crude Pipeline, they will develop the petroleum industry in order to reduce emissions so that Ugandans can use Liquid petroleum gas LPG rather than Charcoal and Wood which affects the environment.
On their part, Environmental activists have tasked the government to invest in the implementation of renewable energy policies by putting in place incentives to the private sector to invest in renewable energy.
According to the Country Director World Wide Fund for Nature David Duuli, decentralizing energy is key in promoting renewable energy in the country to enable districts to put up by-laws in line with energy and put in place energy officers to supervise the sector.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the National Renewable Energy Platform in Kampala, Duuli notes that Uganda has good policies on renewable energy there is no collaboration with leaders who could influence policy implementation