Rwanda has called for increased investment in technology and scientific knowledge to slow climate change and help nations adapt to a warming planet.
The call was made during the delivery of Rwanda’s National Statement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, known as COP21.
“The world has overcome other serious challenges by applying technology and scientific knowledge. Slowing climate change and adapting to it should be no different,” Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Vincent Biruta said while delivering the National Statement on behalf of the Government of Rwanda.
Minister Biruta also highlighted the need for countries to shift to renewable energy in order to achieve prosperity and ensure environmental sustainability.
“Climate action is not about sacrificing growth, but rather making sure that development gains can be sustained for generations to come,” Minister Biruta said, adding, “Climate action will succeed when countries no longer face trade-offs between attaining prosperity and going green.”
As negotiations continue in Paris to reach an international agreement on climate change, Rwanda joins with other vulnerable nations in calling for a binding agreement that includes the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In Rwanda, nearly 50% of the country’s energy comes from renewable sources. Rwanda hosts the largest solar plant in the region pumping 8.5MW onto the national grid.
The country is investing heavily in solar, hydro, geothermal and is pushing for complete end to use of fuel for power. The once depleted forests are back.
This month alone, nearly 30million trees will be planted as part of a national campaign.