Uganda to Launch Energy Transition Plan at COP28

Uganda has announced that it will launch its energy transition plan at the upcoming 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month. The plan aims to ensure that Uganda meets its Net Zero targets by 2050 while also ensuring universal access to electricity in the country by 2040.

The announcement was made by Irene Bateebe, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD). She said that the country will mobilize the financing generated by its oil and gas developments to ensure a financially secure energy sustainable future for Uganda.

Bateebe highlighted how achieving an energy transition posed a financial challenge for many developing nations without adequate financial support from developed countries. Uganda, however, is now to use finance generated by its new oil and gas sector to ensure projects to develop energy from wind, solar and sustainable biomass for isolated off-grid communities and is pursuing a programme to develop nearly 52,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2040.

Providing energy security in Uganda will also reduce the reliance on cutting down trees for wood fuel/charcoal, which is used to heat homes and to cook, which at present is one of the primary causes of deforestation in the country.

Bateebe highlighted how the strategy to be announced at COP28 will be built on the following pillars:

  • Mobilizing finance: Uganda will use the financing generated by its oil and gas developments to fund its energy transition plan.
  • Investing in renewables: Uganda will invest in renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and sustainable biomass to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Expanding access to electricity: Uganda will expand access to electricity to all Ugandans by 2040.
  • Reducing deforestation: Uganda will reduce deforestation by providing energy security and reducing the reliance on wood fuel/charcoal.

The launch of Uganda’s energy transition plan at COP28 is a significant step forward for the country. It demonstrates Uganda’s commitment to addressing climate change and achieving its Net Zero targets. The plan is also expected to create jobs and boost economic growth.

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