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UNU-INRA organizes Consultative workshop on climate clean sector

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – The United Nations
University for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) on Tuesday organized a
consultative workshop to provoke debate among experts and stakeholders in
policy development and practice to help address policy barriers and gaps in the
climate clean sectors in Ghana.

The meeting under the auspices of the Ghana
Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) project, which is a global partnership of
World Bank and the Danish International Development Agency, is being
implemented by Asheshi University College (Ghana), Netherlands Development
Organization,  and Ernst &Young.

The UNU-INRA had the responsibility of
implementing the policy and regulatory component of the GCIC, which aims at
addressing the policy and regulatory challenges of clean technologies in Ghana.

Mr Elias T. Ayuk, the Director of UNU-INRA,
said in overcoming these challenges the country had to achieve “green growth”
which would lead to economic development and job creation in an environmentally
sustainable manner.

He said the workshop was one of the major objectives
of UNU-INRA which was to bring together academic and policy researchers working
on climate policy to improve integration of research and exchange while
informing future policy decisions.

The objective of the workshop was to create a
debate among experts and stakeholders, which would outline the challenges to
innovation in climate clean technologies in Ghana, as well as the governance
mechanisms that could help improve clean technologies access, he said.

The workshop was to address the review of
climate and clean technology policies and identification of gaps, and strategic
interventions to address challenges and policy gaps.

He noted that the lack of clear policy and
regulatory instruments was one of the main barriers for large-scale deployment.

Mr Ayuk said these issues coupled with
inadequate regulatory enforcement and poor coordination among ministries,
departments and agencies pose challenges for the development and growth of the
sector.

He noted that GCIC’s project seeks to provide
financing, mentoring, training and business advisory services to support
emerging entrepreneurs and new ventures involved in developing locally
appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in
Ghana.      

He said the interest for innovation and clean
technologies from the use of locally available renewable resources in Ghana
were growing though the climate and clean technology sector in the country has
not grown at the rate expected.

Mr Fredua Agyemang, the Director of
Environment of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
(MESTI) said the Ministry had been involved in the GCIC project right from the
initial stages.

He said the government recognized and
applauded the focus areas of the project on energy efficiency, solar energy,
water management and purification, domestic waste management and climate smart
agriculture.

Speaking on the theme: “Creating an Enabling
Environment for Scaling up Climate and Clean Technologies in Ghana,” Mr Agyemang
said the Ministry’s was carrying out its mandate to promote science and
technology application in the country, create enabling environments for
innovations that can be used to address the current environmental challenges.

Mr Agyemang said for industrialization, the
National Climate Change Policy master plan and STI policy must recognize the
development of the food processing industries to enhance the value additions
for the local market and export.

He said waste management policies aim to
support recycling to reduce industrial waste in the environment, develop
efficient waste management system and generally promote the use of clean
technologies in the production systems.

He expressed happiness about the development
of clean technologies for waste management by some businesses in the first
cohort of the GCIC programme and pledged government support to all innovative
businesses to enhance growth and sustainability.

Mr Agyemang urged entrepreneurs who were
supported by the programme to put all the knowledge they had acquired into full
application to help promote clean technology and sustainable development in the
country.

GNA

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