Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano, will join global leaders to discuss climate action at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Acting on an invitation from the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the KenGen CEO is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on the second day of the COP26 under the theme Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment.

Mrs. Miano, who is heading East Africa’s leading electric power producer and a Board Member of the Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK), will participate in the high-level event as part of the World Leaders’ Summit, which will kick off the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

Other key dignitaries in attendance include Head of States and Government that include President Uhuru Kenyatta, United States of America President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson among other Presidents and world leaders, in addition to Microsoft billionaire Philanthropist, Bill Gates.

The COP26 event, which will run from 31st October to 12th November 2021, brings parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“As a company, we have made deliberate effort to focus on renewable energy in the fight against climate change. Therefore we have prioritized the Climate Action agenda to support the Kenya Government’s ambition to achieve 100% renewable energy utilization,” said Mrs. Miano.

She added that KenGen has further committed to the Caring for Climate Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with a view of refocusing its business towards sustainability.

She said: “To actualize the Caring for Climate commitments, KenGen has demonstrated this commitment by joining the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign of the United Nations Global Compact”

The company is expected to deliver 366MW of renewable energy comprising of Solar (42MW), Wind (11 MW) and Geothermal Power (313MW) for the period of 2021 to 2024.

During the event, Heads of State and other business leaders will showcase how the world will work together to accelerate solutions, keep 1.5 degrees in reach and ensure solutions are accessible and affordable for all.

By Fred Azelwa.