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Zimbabwe, as part of its pledge to reduce its carbon footprint, has presented a 33% per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) energy emission reduction target by 2030.

But for this goal to be accomplished, climate experts are advising the country to adopt renewable energy technologies.

According to the media, at a recently held conference, industry professionals also suggested that the southern African country should deploy energy efficiency solutions and climate smart agriculture.

After the COP21 meeting last year, the Paris Agreement accepted Zimbabwe’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) into its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to be achieved by 2030.

GHG mitigation action

Speaking at the seminar, Washington Zhakata, the climate change management department director, said the nationally determined contributions' ambition calls for collective mitigation efforts by all citizens to enable the country to reach the set target.

“It is critical to report accurately on our GHG emissions, as the national communication reports shall be used as background documents in tracking progress towards achieving GHG emissions reduction targets,” Zhakata stated.

He continued: “Enhanced mitigation action will assist towards both the national and global sustainable development agenda as enunciated in the country's economic blueprint Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030)."

Renewable energy technologies - policy underway

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Victor Kandoro, stated that his ministry was in the process of developing a renewable energy policy.

Kandoro said: “The ministry of energy and power development is currently developing a renewable energy policy which seeks to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies in both rural and urban areas. Barriers to the adoption of the technologies will be addressed in the policy framework.”

The minister stated that consultative workshops will be carried out to gather the views of people on the challenges being faced.

“The country boasts of having renewable energy in the form of solar, wind and hydro,” he said.

Media further reported that climate expert Julius Madzore also noted the key drivers for emissions from the waste sector including population growth, urbanisation, affluence and the extent of landfill gas capture.

“Emissions from waste are projected to increase in line with the anticipated population growth,” Madzore said.