Germany’s Energy Transition (Energiewende)

02.07.18 Activities Energy Desk, Activities

Touring Exhibition for the first time in East Africa

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi in collaboration with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya), hosted a travelling exhibition on Germany’s Energy Transition (Energiewende) from the 19th of June to the 1st of July 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Inaugurated in April 2016 in Beijing, the travelling exhibition is a visual presentation of the Energiewende and its development since the 1970s with various stations covering topics such as Energy efficiency, heating, mobility, renewable energies, costs for consumer, climate protection, nuclear power, economical aspects, international aspects, electricity grid, security of supply, energy storage, civil participation and the future of energy supply. Additionally, there is an entrance gate, a multi-media quiz table and a feedback station.

The exhibition was officially opened at the United Nation office in Kenya (UNON) on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by H. E. Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kenya, Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment and Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). During its time in Kenya, the exhibition was put up in two places; namely the UN compound where it was open to accredited persons and the Sarit Center in Westlands, Nairobi for the general public. The aim was to sensitize decision makers, industry leaders and the general public - including school and university students - on the importance of climate protection and the role which a more sustainable, green economy can play for that. It attracted a lot of attention with over 500 people coming to see it and most members of the public wondering how they can be involved in moving towards large scale use of renewable energy locally. Taking into consideration that the exhibition would only be in Nairobi for a short time, all visitors had the chance to pick up a booklet and a leaflet with further information on renewable energy. Some of the visitors included school teachers who were very keen on obtaining material which they could use in the classroom.

The exhibition coincided with the “Switching on Green – Partnerships with Kenya for Combating Climate Change” conference which took place on Thursday, June 28th, 2018, at The Alchemist in Westlands, Nairobi. This allowed participants who included representatives from Kenyan Ministry as well Private Sector, to take time to visit it.

The exhibition which has so far been shown at about 60 locations in 25 different countries (as of January 2018) and having arrived from, India, now continues to be hosted in Arusha, Tanzania. And hopefully, Kenya and Tanzania will be among the many countries who will join Germany on the vision towards being 100% dependent on renewable energy by 2050.

“There is a huge potential for green technologies in Kenya and such technologies are increasingly competitive thanks to innovation and economies of scale.”  Ambassador Jutta Frasch.