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Kenyon International’s CEO, Dr Ekpenyong, Calls for Gradual Shift to Renewable Energy

  • Africa accounts for four per cent of global carbon emissions, according to reports
  • USA, China, Russia, and Japan collectively contribute more than 50 per cent of global carbon emissions

Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished without adverse effect to flora and fauna. For example, sunlight and wind keep are always useable, even if their availability depends on time and weather.

In Africa, experts have been calling for a smooth and gradual transmission to renewable energy. One of these experts is Dr. Victor Ekpenyong who is the CEO of Kenyon International and has been at the forefront of renewable energy shift

Epkenyonng, an expert, suggested that the switch will help shape the energy situation of Africa as there is a skewd attempt to impede the energy development of the continent

A statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Kingsley Muonyili, Communications Manager at Kenyon, noted that Dr Ekpenyong spoke during the round table discussion at the 12th Emmanuel Egbogah Legacy Lecture Series.

According to the statement, the lecture held at the Emerald Institute of Energy Studies, University of Port Harcourt on Sept. 14, 2023, Dr Ekpenyong called for a concerted effort by all stakeholders to join hands as a matter of national interest, to critically change Africa,s energy situation

“With a strong emphasis on Nigeria’s unique position in the global landscape, there is a need for a nuanced approach to sustainable development.

“We need to emphasise the importance of evaluating regional realities when addressing climate change issues, highlighting the importance of considering both carbon emission quotas and economic circumstances,” Ekpenyong said.

According to Ekpenyong, Nigeria’s relatively minimal contribution to global carbon emissions should be capitalised on to harness the abundant oil and gas reserves to fund energy transition. He explained that a recent report on global carbon emission released on Sept. 3 indicated that Africa accounts for just four per cent of global carbon emissions.

“In stark contrast, major global players such as the United States, China, Russia, and Japan collectively contribute more than 50 per cent of these emissions.

“Nigeria is not among the top three contributors to carbon emissions on the African continent, trailing behind South Africa, Egypt, and Algeria,” He said.

Ekpenyong urged a strategic approach to managing Nigeria’s finite energy resources, emphasising the need for resource management, increased production, and resource utilisation.

He also highlighted the necessity of proactive measures to combat pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the oil fields which have long hindered the nation’s development.

“Kenyon International, as a company committed to sustainable energy solutions, is well-prepared to assist Nigeria in optimising its oil production through well remediation and intervention activities.

“Accounting for every drop of oil produced is not only vital for Nigeria’s economic prosperity but also essential for the nation’s sustainable development.

“Kenyon International believes in the call for a comprehensive approach to climate change and energy transition, one that considers regional realities, promotes responsible resource management, and propels Nigeria towards a greener, more sustainable future”

SOURCE: Independent

IMAGE: Energy Tap

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