Climate Change, Oil and Gas Nexus Workshop advance a diversified Energy Mix.
Kampala, April 21, 2015- More than 95 participants convened to highlight the link between Climate change, Oil and Gas in Uganda. The high level workshop attracted key ministries including Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and Ministry of Water and Environment, representatives from the academia, civil society, private sector and development Partners.
The first of the kind in Uganda, the nexus workshop showcased the civil society-government partnership. The organizing partners, ActionAid Uganda, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Environmental Alert (EA) and EMLI with Climate Change Department, Ministry of Water and Environment organizied the workshop against the background of growing momentum atested to the oil and gas development contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
The workshop sought answers on policy actions for de-carbonzing Uganda's economy. Among the key issues raised and reached were:
- Need to explore the interrelation between energy, water and Food in the changing climate;
- Need to undertake an assessment of emissions from Oil and Gas development sector;
- UNDP to fasttrack the development of the country's green economy and low emission strategy;
- Ensure and enhance inclusiveness when developing policy actions for low emission strategy;
- A diversified energy mix with renewables Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), an option for decarbonization.
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The year 2014 has been challenging. Challenging in the context of funding, realizing impact at local level and sustaining organization development. In this year’s Annual Report, we showcase how our small interventions put renewable energy technologies on the agenda, with a mixture of interactive stories from single mothers and widows to small celebration of global policy influencing that we and our partners are proud to conduct. I am certain that the theme of 2014 Annual Report, “Promoting sustainable livelihoods through empowering communities” portrays our efforts towards empowering communities pursue a path to sustainable development. In this report, we share some of our success stories on: Improving people’s livelihoods: Pilot projects in Buikwe, Luweero and Kampala city helped artisanal briquette-makers to improve their production, marketing skills, and sales and now a National Biomass Energy Strategy plan for the country is developed to ensure sustainable use of biomass energy resources.
Influencing policy: EMLI studies showed the Government of Uganda why climate change response is not a sole sector responsibility, with the information contributing to a shift in perspectives on climate governance. Currently, a fully staffed Climate Change Department is in place and a process for developing national legislation has been embarked.
Helping tackle global issues: At global level, EMLI has championed campaigns for furthering the incremental financial support to adaptation programmes of developing countries at GEF Council meeting and Work programme on Gender and Climate change.