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Regulating Tanzania and Uganda’s path to net zero

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Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The country has refocused its attention on the energy future, with the Ministry of Energy actively pursuing investment opportunities in renewables to improve the country’s energy mix. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Regulating Tanzania and Uganda’s path to net zero

An energy transition in Africa will require policy and legislative frameworks that considers decarbonisation and at the same time addresses climate change and the commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

“Tanzania has refocused its attention on the energy future, with the Ministry of Energy actively pursuing investment opportunities in renewables to improve the country’s energy mix. This is specifically in relation to solar, wind and geothermal opportunities – and to add more renewable energy sources to the national grid to meet the country’s growing demand for power.

According to Shemane Amin, Partner at A&K Tanzania, the Government of Tanzania is targeting an electrification rate for the entire country of 75% by 2035 and in the next six to seven years is striving to add 2GW of renewables to the grid.

“To attract these investments, the government is aiming to create a more conducive business environment in which such power projects can be sustainable, this includes providing investment incentives. In the 2022 budget speech, the Ministry of Energy highlighted, among other things, the establishment of the Renewable Energy Strategy and Roadmap. In a nutshell, the refocus on the energy future and the momentum behind renewables in Tanzania make this a key area to watch for investors,” she explains.

Policy initiatives in Uganda (Regulating Tanzania and Uganda’s path to net zero)

“There are a number of policy initiatives which have been passed purposely to facilitate energy transition in Uganda. Such policies include the Climate Change Policy 2015, which focuses on the use of alternative renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass, mini-hydro, geothermal and wind; and the Renewable Energy Policy (2007), which forms the basis of the underlying framework for renewable energy.

According to Arnold Lule Sekiwano, Partner at Engoru, Mutebi Advocates in Uganda, the county’s Uganda’s Vision 2040 has also emphasised clean sources of energy to avert climate change.

“These policy initiatives have culminated into the recent enactment of the Climate Change Act, 2021. The Act governs the national response to climate change.

“One of the stated purposes of the Act is to give effect to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.

“Generally, there is an increased focus on the utilisation of renewable energy resources and technologies in Uganda and a regulatory focus that supports energy transition,” says Sekiwano.

Regulating Tanzania and Uganda’s path to net zero

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