Kenya launches 2050 climate calculator in a first for East Africa

The Kenya Carbon Emission Reduction Tool is a bespoke energy and emissions model aimed at assisting the country in achieving its climate goals

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Kenya’s Ministry of Energy has partnered with the British High Commission Nairobi and Strathmore University to launch a climate change calculator in a first for East Africa.

The Kenya Carbon Emission Reduction Tool (KCERT 2050) is a bespoke energy and emissions model aimed at helping identify energy-secure pathways for demand and supply and assist the country in achieving its climate goals.

KCERT 2050 allows users to trial options to reduce climate change-inducing carbon emissions “at a faster rate” to build a pathway that meets emissions targets in the long term to 2050 and beyond.

It is expected to play a key role in helping policymakers, energy producers and consumers in Kenya to understand the energy and emissions related choices they are making and provide a platform for engaging in dialogues on the challenges and opportunities of the future energy system and the responses to climate change.

It has been delivered under the UK Government’s international 2050 Calculator programme, funded by the UK’s International Climate Finance and led by global engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald and a consortium that includes Imperial College London, Climact and Ricardo.

Jane Marriott British High Commissioner to Kenya said: “As part of strengthening our UK-Kenya Strategic Partnership on climate action, the British High Commission welcomes the launch of the Kenya Carbon Emissions Reduction Tool 2050. This tool, which is a first in East Africa, will support government departments in Kenya to design and deliver evidence-based, inclusive policies on emissions reductions, energy access and matching energy supply and demand.

“I look forward to Kenya acting as a pioneer in championing the use of this innovative tool that will provide options for implementing Kenya’s emission reduction strategies and achieving net zero development pathways by 2050.”