President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the government will integrate climate action into Ghana’s national development agenda.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Paris Agreement and SDG 13, which demand action to combat climate change and its impact, is providing the framework for Ghana.
[contextly_sidebar id=”UIFVujUtVRckixGqrDajwiJJMXxQ6ap3″]Speaking at the R20 Austrian World Summit on Climate Change, on Tuesday, the President revealed that, at the local level in Ghana, all local assemblies have been mandated to address climate change issues in their medium-term development plans.
The president noted the state action against illegal mining and the harvesting of rosewood timber as measures to protect Ghana’s forests and endangered species.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated Ghana’s commitment to promoting the deployment of renewable energy, in line with government’s policy target of 10% renewables in the energy mix from the current 1%.
In line with this, the Jubilee House will be powered by solar energy, as an example to other public institutions.
The government also aims to install 200 megawatts of distributed solar power by 2030 in both residential and non-residential facilities, and in state agencies.
President Akufo-Addo revealed further that he has engaged a select group of CEOs from the private sector to push forward Ghana’s “Green Agenda”.
The response has been very positive, with commitments to create a Green Fund,
This Fund, he added, will be used to drive the nation’s Agenda of ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all in the country.
“What we do in Ghana affects the people of Nepal, or Mozambique or Austria. That is why we need concerted Global action to tackle this menace. Success in addressing climate change will be one of the greatest legacies that our generation can give to the next.”