17 November 2018
CONTACT: Omar Elmawi
+254 710 343432
DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: COAL POWER PRODUCTION AND MINING IN KENYA
On Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, from 2 to 6pm, the deCOALonize campaign will host a high-level forum to discuss the legal, economic, and political intricacies of controversial investments in the coal industry in Kenya and the path to renewable energy access to all.
LOCATION: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE NAIROBI
The public forum will be a platform for experts to discuss the viability of coal plants and coal mining in Kenya and obtain realistic insight into Kenya’s commitments towards renewable energy.
There will be an opportunity for the media fraternity to gain the perspectives of renowned experts on their insights and opinions on the subject matter. Amongst the panelists will be
- Sheikh Ibrahim Lithome (Inter-Religious Council of Kenya)
In 2013 the government of Kenya proposed the construction of a 1,050 MW coal power plant in Lamu. This would be the biggest and first ever coal plant in the whole of East African region. In the same year, proposals to start coal mining in Kitui emerged. However due to inadequate preparedness for the extraction, it was proposed that the Lamu coal plant would import coal from South Africa for its initial operations.
deCOALonize is coalition of environmental and social justice advocates concerned about the increasing interest in coal power production and exploration in Kenya, and particularly coal projects under consideration in Lamu and Kitui.
The campaign provides information both offline and online to local communities, policy makers, academics, and civil society on alternatives to coal and for embracing clean energy in Kenya.
Partners involved in the forum include Save Lamu, CHRCE, KeNRA, IRCK, Haki Africa, 350.org, Natural Justice, Green Peace Africa, Friends of Lake Turkana, HBF and Sauti Ya Wanjiku. More information is available at http://www.decoalonize.org/