Uganda could go almost 100% renewable by 2050 – new report
The report, which is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, sets out a road map that would enable the country to sensibly transition to using more than 90% per cent renewable energy by 2050.
The landmark study comes at the start of the second week of UN climate change talks in Paris, where the official theme for the day is ‘renewable energy’. It sets out the pathways that can lead to a 100 per cent renewable energy future, in the areas of social, infrastructural and economic development, through the provision of modern energy services for urban and largely rural populations in the country.
Commenting on the report, Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative said: “Last week African heads of state announced plans for a gigantic renewable energy initiative that could transform the continent. This report shows that Uganda could play a big role in helping to drive forward that initiative. It also underlines the positive role renewables can play in addressing poverty and improve energy access.”
Dr. Stephan Singer, WWF’s Director Global Energy Policy said: “Embracing renewable energy is not just a climate change issue. As this report shows, this is also about improving peoples’ health, creating jobs, and improving access to energy for the poor. It is clear that developing countries like Uganda are well placed to take a lead on renewable energy development in Africa. They would join a growing number of countries opting for renewables as their primary source of energy.”
David Duli, Country Director, WWF-Uganda Country Office said: “More than 90 per cent of the Ugandan population still depend on firewood and charcoal to meet their cooking energy needs, while access to modern energy services such as the grid electricity is still very low, compared to the Africa and global average. The need for energy is growing globally and developing nations like Uganda are no different, if not more in need of modern energy for livelihoods, industries and overall advancement.”
Notes for Editors:
- Read the report here: http://bit.ly/1lipnfK
- The report analyses two scenarios; one were Uganda continues along the current trends of energy consumption, and the renewable energy future scenario where there is deliberate effort to attain solutions to the ever growing biomass dependence crisis and its climate change and socio-economic consequences for the country
- Focus Thematic Events and Action Day at COP21 http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/cop-21/
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Mandy Jean Woods firstname.lastname@example.org / @MandyJeanWoods / +27 72 393 0027
Sam Smith email@example.com / @pandaclimate / +47 450 22 149
Eddie Oketcho, Communications Officer, WWF-Uganda / firstname.lastname@example.org / +256 773 007 699
David Duli, Country Director, WWF-Uganda / email@example.com
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