During December 8-9, 2015, Quercus Group held a Green Growth training session for 70 high level officials. Kenya has ambitious plans about the country’s trajectory towards green growth.
The Kenyan Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development commissioned Quercus Group for a two-days training session about green growth for high-level officials from Kenyan ministries, counties and public organizations.
The training represented the starting point of the roll-out of Green Growth in Kenya, aiming to create a shared understanding of the topic among public officials. The driver behind the session was the agreement that before turning towards green growth, people at all levels have to understand “why” and “how” green growth makes better sense that traditional brown growth.
The high level officials appreciated Quercus Group’s holistic approach. The content covered a wide palette of disciplines including renewable energy, green business models, increased resource efficiency, better waste management, industrial symbiosis and citizens’ behaviour.
“The past two days have been very valuable, we connected the dots! While knowing about each one of the green growth topics is important, even more important for us was to be aware of the interdependence of these concepts.” said one of the participants at the end of two days.
The Kenyan government supports green growth initiatives and sees them as sustainable economic development.
"Integration of economic growth and sustainable development is essential for the future of mankind”, said Mr. Julius Korir, from the Kenyan Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development in his opening speech of the training. The training was organized together with the Green Growth Coordination Secretariat, which seeks to build national consensus and awareness of the relevance of green growth in Kenya.
“Green growth makes more sense in Kenya than anywhere else as a tool to reduce poverty, improve food security, boost job creation, increase resource efficiency, increasing productivity and more. We are proud to be part of this journey.” said Quercus Group CEO, Nicolai Sederberg Rottbøll.
The future of Green Growth in Kenya
There was consensus among the participants that collaboration across public and private players is crucial. The right political framework conditions, education in green technologies, SMEs support programmes and knowledge sharing were also mentioned as important parameters for realizing the great potential of green growth in Kenya.
The Kenyan Green Growth Coordination Secretariat therefore confirmed that the Kenyan counties and various organizations welcome the ideas and projects initiated during the training.
The starting point for green growth in Kenya is strong. “The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the soil is rich, the young Kenyan population is motivated and eager to make a difference, and the government has put green growth on the national agenda as an important contributor to bringing Kenya to the next level” said one of the Kenyan officials.
In November 2015, Quercus Group signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Green Growth Coordination Secretariat in order to assist in the practical steps and facilitation of the country’s green growth efforts. Specifically, this means support with building of a national green umbrella organization that can serve as a green growth one-stop-shop, knowledge hub, coordinator and common voice for green growth in Kenya.