Matchmaking Reception brings together Suppliers and Consumers of Climate Technologies

16.04.18 Activities, Activities Energy Desk, AHK Kenia - News-Hauptkategorie

The National Designated Entity (NDE) of Germany, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, organized an evening matchmaking reception at The Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, April 10th, 2018. The National Designated Entity Germany aims at bringing together suppliers and consumers of climate technology, private enterprises as well as public institutions. With this matchmaking event, NDE sought to provide an informal platform to address how carbon markets could accelerate the development and transfer of climate technologies.

The reception was held in connection to the Africa Climate Week with the topic “Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Africa”, which was held in Nairobi from April 09th-13th. The week’s focus was on the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG), on Global Climate Action as well as the support and implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The reception was opened by Julian Frohnecke, German Federal Ministry of Economics, who addressed the audience and Gaudensia Owino Aomo, NDE Kenya, giving her remarks on behalf of Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI). Keynote speeches were given by Thabo Molekoa, Chief Executive Officer of German multinational conglomarate thyssenkrupp AG, Sub-Sahara Africa office in South Africa, who focused on the role of carbon emissions, Malin Ahlberg, from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment as well as Mr. Andreas Kaiser of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya. 

Mr. Kaiser elaborated on how the re-elected German government is emphasizing that combating climate change goes hand in hand with crisis and conflict prevention. Promoting sustainable economic development is one of the fundamental goals for the German government. Herein the Ecological Footprint, a measurement developed by the United Nation, is being used to measure the human demand on nature which enables a global comparison. From the Delegation’s point of view, Kenya’s pathway to a Green Economy keeps being paved by business people as well as committed individuals.