Alweendo advocates for a balanced approach to energy transition

By Martha Nangombe

Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo, voiced concerns about the global push to transition rapidly from fossil fuels to renewable energy and warned that such haste could be detrimental on the economies reliant on fossil fuels.

Alweendo acknowledged the global consensus on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change but stressed that this transition must be equitable.

“It is now globally accepted that we need to save the planet by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And that can only be done through transitioning to renewable energy sources. But we also say that the transition must be just, such that it does not adversely affect the livelihoods in some societies,” he stated.

The minister criticized the one-size-fits-all approach to energy transition promoted by some international actors. “

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