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Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the context of sustainable development refer to any action that reduces emissions in developing countries and contributes to sustainable development. NAMAs shall be directed at transformational change within an economic sector, or across sectors for a broader national focus. NAMAs are supported and enabled by technology, financing, and capacity-building and are aimed at achieving inclusive sustainable growth.

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NAMA on Access to Clean Energy in Rural Kenya through Innovative Market Based Solutions

Aug 21, 2017

The NAMA introduces an innovative market based approach through private sector participation for the manufacture and distribution of 1 million units of solar PV-based lanterns and improved cookstoves respectively in Kenya. Energy Productivity Zones will provide infrastructure and support services for the private sector to invest in the manufacture and distribution of the clean energy technologies on a for-profit basis (i.e. operated as business models). Financing shall be made available through a combination of international grants and loans in addition to contributions (financial and in-kind) by the country.

The NAMA will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).  The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) is mandated to be changed into the National Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (NERA) and be made responsible for all renewable energy activities in Kenya excluding geothermal and large hydro.

Comprehensive capacity development will bring about the expected sector transformation within Kenya, generated and sustained over a period of time.