Energy and Climate Change
The burning of fossil fuels and deforestation has led to levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that are higher today than any time in the last past 2 million years. Since the global emissions of carbon dioxide are rising, the impacts of climate change will get worse until carbon dioxide emissions are reduced to zero.
Compared to the global average per capita emissions of 4.8 tons per person, IGAD member states are among the lowest GHG emitters, although the region also bears the greatest burden of climate change. The total emissions in the region account for less than 1% of the total global emissions. The IGAD region is however on the path of rapid economic development and population growth which could be a driver to increased GHG emissions. Since the IGAD countries have negligible contribution to historical GHG emissions, it is important for the region to contribute to the reduction of future GHG emissions by focusing on clean energy, and low carbon development, and GHG emission removals through afforestation, reforestation and sustainable land management. This webinar focuses on energy and climate change.
Prof. Izael Pereira Da SilvaDeputy Vice-Chancellor Strathmore University
Topic: Net Zero: Technology Transfer for the Energy transition in Eastern Africa
Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva is a Professor at Strathmore University and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation. He started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which he led as the director from 2012 – 2017. Before working at Strathmore University, he was an Associate Professor at Makerere University, in the College of Engineering Design Arts and Technology (CEDAT), where he worked for 13 years.
He has a strong interest in the following areas: Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development and Demand Side Management. In line with this interest, he started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which aims at training, conducting research and providing consultancy services in energy-related topics, promoting sustainable development and cooperation among countries.
Tedd Moya MoseOxford Martin Fellow Scotia Group
Tedd is a legal professional and consultant in energy, environment, and natural resources, climate change, sustainable development, governance, education, and technology. As a Common Law qualified lawyer (Kenya) with over 15 years of experience, his work also involves practical aspects of law, regulation, and policy in energy, environment & natural resources, climate change, technology, and sustainable finance. He is a board member and strategist in conservation, education, philanthropy, and technology ventures in EMEA and the UK.
He is currently an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Oxford University Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, which is concerned with mitigating climate change through the transition to low carbon energy systems. As the only legal fellow, he advises diverse teams on law, policy, and regulation and is called upon to publish on environmental change themes. His work's local and practical aspects include investigating the impact of law on various energy technologies and projects like Local Energy Oxfordshire; a pioneering, innovative, smart grid venture. As well as the legal challenges of multi-scalar energy systems (mini, micro, and pico) in Africa.
Antony Karembu NjeruPrincipal Investment Officer and Renewable Energy Specialist African Development Banks
Topic: Scaling up Green Energy Investments in Eastern Africa
Antony is a seasoned renewable energy specialist and investment officer with over 16 years of working experience in energy planning, development, structuring, financing, and implementation of renewable energy projects; structuring and obtaining funding for renewable energy projects from internal and external climate finance facilities, structuring partial risk guarantee instruments, financing variable renewable energy grid integration solutions - utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) and preparing decentralized energy solutions in the form of green Mini-Grids and Solar Home Systems.
Antony is currently a Principal Energy Specialist in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department at the African Development Bank (AfDB) where he has led several operations covering the value chain of renewable energy but not limited to Solar systems (Sahel region under the Desert to Power Initiative), Utility Scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (South Africa), Geothermal systems (Kenya and East Africa) Wind systems (Zambia and Kenya), Concentrated Solar Power (South Africa), Decentralized systems and Net Metering systems (Nigeria, Ghana, and Rwanda), Hydro Systems (Liberia and Sierra Leone), Natural Gas (Ghana and Nigeria) and Transmission lines (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana)
He holds a Masters in Energy Studies – Energy Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland, the United Kingdom with a post-graduate diploma in Public-Private Partnerships from the University of Queensland, Australia. He also holds several qualifications in Wind Resource Assessment and Modeling, Geothermal Resource Assessment and Reservoir Simulation, Hydro Resource Assessment, Project Management, and a Certified Public Accountant.
Willis O. OchiengChief Energy Planner Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd
Topic: Integrating Clean Energy into Power Grids: Lessons from East Africa
Willis O. Ochieng is an accomplished Energy Planner, IWRW Expert and Climate Change Scientist working at Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. He has a vast experience working as a hydrologist and energy planner for Kenya Electricity Generating Company, resource manager for Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA), Water Supply Management Project – Hydrologist for Kenya –Finland Community and worked with IGAD Climate Prediction and Application as a Hydrologist.
Willis O. Ochieng holds a MSC in Integrated Water Resources Management, Postgraduate diploma in Applied Hydrology and Information Systems for Water Management, Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and he is working towards his PHD in Climate Change & Adaptation with the University of Nairobi.