12 Jul 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) - The European Union (EU) has awarded N.dollars 7 million to the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) to promote renewable energy in Namibia.
The NRCS, in partnership with the Spanish Red Cross, will implement the project titled Promoting Renewable Energy for Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives in Namibia.
Speaking at the launch of the project here Wednesday, NRCS Secretary-General Naemi Heita said the project aims to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change within rural vulnerable communities in Namibia, by promoting the use of renewable forms of energy and energy efficient technologies.
The project will facilitate the distribution of solar lamps to 200 households, construct 200 improved biomass cooking stoves, and install 10 energy efficient on-farm irrigation water pumps in 10 selected communities in the Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.
It will also offer demonstration workshops to disseminate the benefits of energy efficient technologies.
It will target households and small scale farmers to increase the usage of renewable forms of energy and energy efficiency technologies in their daily life, she said.
Namibia is currently not able to generate sufficient electricity to meet its needs and as a result, is importing nearly 60 per cent of its electricity from countries in the region, much of which is generated from fossil fuels.
According to the 2011 Namibia Population and Housing Census, about 19 per cent of rural communities have access to electricity and about 71 per cent in urban communities. Nationally, only 45 per cent of people have access to electricity.
Speaking at the same event, EU Ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybáková said the Namibian government has prioritised to reduce energy dependence on its neighbouring countries and is focusing on generating clean renewable energy, and such actions on climate change is a key priority for the EU.
Under the mitigation component, the EU is supporting Namibia to reduce its vulnerability of the rural population to the adverse impacts of climate change, said Hybáková.