KenGen distributes 1.9 million tree seedlings to reduce carbon emissions in Kenya
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), has distributed more than 1.9 million tree seedlings to communities and institutions as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
KenGen’s Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano said the tree seedlings, which is equivalent to 3,167acres of forest cover have been distributed over the last seven years, further enhancing the sustainability of the country’s ecosystems. The move has also supported the Government’s efforts to attain at least 10% forest cover by 2022.
“Transitioning to a net-zero emissions economy requires coordinated action across all sectors of the economy supported by enabling policy frameworks. This is where suppliers are required by clients to take action with respect to establishment of targets aimed at transitioning to net-zero emissions in tandem with their clients’ commitments,” she said.
Miano further called upon corporate organizations to take up their global responsibility by establishing programs aimed at transitioning to net-zero.
Kenya submitted her updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2020, making a commitment to abate greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by the year 2030.
Whereas the timeframe for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) extends to the year 2030 with milestone targets pegged around the year 2025, KenGen, besides distribution of tree seedlings has embarked on priority mitigation activities with a focus on increasing the share of grid scale renewable energy.