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Namibia leads green hydrogen revolution

Namibia leads green hydrogen revolution

Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said that Namibia remains well-positioned to become a major supplier of clean, green energy to the world through the country’s national Green Hydrogen efforts.

Geingob said this during the high-level segment of the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference took place on 7 and 8 November in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt under the theme “Delivering for people and the planet”.

The president explained that Namibia’s Green Hydrogen agency is premised on harnessing cleaner sources of energy. He said that the country’s green hydrogen ambitions have already set sail with the Inter-Ministerial Green Hydrogen Council (GHC) that was launched earlier this year.

COP27: President Hage Geingob speaking at the COP27 to the UNFCC. Photo: Dr Hage Geingob.

“In expressing our commitments, as part of our decarbonisation strategy, Namibia will continue to strengthen our efforts towards greening the Namibian energy economy, through ongoing efforts to support a nascent green hydrogen industry,” he said.

Geingob emphasised that the climate emergency is one of the key challenges currently facing humanity. He highlighted this as a test that offers an opportunity to justify the unique purpose of the multilateral system.

Calling for collective efforts in addressing the climate change challenge, the president encouraged developed nations, in particular, to support developing countries by capitalising the Green Climate Fund.

“In meeting these challenges tangibly, Namibia joins the rest of the developing world and broader community of nations in appealing for sustained efforts towards meeting the global target of warming by 1.5C,” the president said.

He said that he is confident that the African COP will be a potential tipping point for creating greater consensus that results in the mobilisation of support in this regard.

“The African COP offers another opportunity for the international community to bring its full weight behind efforts at ensuring that we meet our global climate mitigation targets,” Geingob added.

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