A non-governmental organisation, 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (350 G-ROC) has called on government to demonstrate more commitment towards achieving the country’s renewable energy plan set for 2030.
Speaking in the sidelines of a workshop on integrating renewable energy plans at the Ga West Municipality, the 350 G-ROC’s Coordinator and Strategic Youth Network for Development, Chibeze Ezekiel said although Ghana has promised to go 10 percent renewable energy by 2030, it has so far achieved only 1 percent of that.
This, he said, can be attributed lack of information and communication between the central government various local assemblies.
“I think the Local Assemblies are doing their best but I want to believe that they are also limited when it comes to information because there are a lot of things happening at the national level but as to whether that information is seen or applicable at various assemblies is another matter,” he stated.
Mr Ezekiel then recommended that government should adopt a bottom-up approach to be able to institute a plan which can be effectively implemented at the various MMDAs.
Emphasising on the need for sensitisation to increase the use of renewable energy, he said that will the demand, hence, encourage the private sector to invest.
“But interestingly we have the private sector shifting into renewable energy so that means they themselves believe that renewable energy is good for their operations. So ones we do more education which we are doing, people can understand what renewable energy is and demand it.”
On his part, the Ga West Municipal Planning Officer, Samuel Lawer said the municipal is doing its best to educates its resident to choose renewable energy at all times to help achieve the 2030 renewable energy plan.
G-ROC is a movement formed with the aim of mobilising and empowering young people in partnership with key stakeholders to actively champion the need to reduce carbon emissions as a key effort in combating climate change.