Kenya is seen as one of the handful countries on the African continent expected to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. However, despite continued progress in electricity access, for most Kenyans injustices and inequalities persist in relation to sustained access and use of clean energy services to meet needs and to enable quality of life improvements and general well-being. This report reviews the current energy and climate protection processes in Kenya. The goal is to understand and highlight the challenges and opportunities for moving Kenya to the next level, namely: ensuring that investments, energy development, and implementation processes provide opportunities and capabilities that enable all Kenyans to improve their quality of life; enhance their general well-being on a long- term basis; and in so doing achieve national and international goals such as those of Kenya Vision 2030, the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement.
The analysis also provides contextual background on the social performance studies conducted in partnership with local research organisations, local and regional governments, and civil society organisations (CSO).
Year of publication: 2021
Authors: Grace Mbungu, Sarah Odera, Patrick Mwanzia, Victor Otieno, and Phoebe Koester –
IASS and SERC
Editors: Laura Nagel and Sebastian Helgenberger – IASS
Suggested citation: IASS/SERC. 2021. Status and trends of energy development and climate
action in Kenya. COBENEFITS Impulse. Potsdam/Nairobi. www.cobenefits.info