Lands and Natural Resources Permanent Secretary Ndashe Yumba says the country is making tremendous strides in mitigating climate change.

According to a statement issued by First Secretary for press at the Embassy of the Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in France Yande Musonda, Yumba was speaking at a side event on mobilizing investment for off grid solutions in African countries organized by beyond the grid Fund for Africa of the on-going Madrid Climate Change Conference COP-25 in Madrid, Spain.

Yumba commended various partners for complementing governments efforts in meeting its pledge to the Paris Agreement through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) where the country pledged to reduce its emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Energy Sectors.

Yumba noted that Beyond the Grid Fund Project had recorded 151,190 energy services subscriptions and 786,188 total beneficiaries.

“A total of 1,505 jobs had been created and 372,165 kg of carbon dioxide was being mitigated annually. The mentioned gains met all the pillars of sustainable development of contributing towards the Social, Economic and Environmental components of development. Additionally, the Project contributed greatly to the sustainable development of Zambia’s energy sector and that the Government has been reviewing and developing relevant policies and regulations so as to ensure that the development of the sector responded to the ever-changing business environment. The year 2019 has seen cabinet approve the draft National Energy Policy (NEP) 2019 and the Electricity and Energy Regulation Bills 2019,” stated Yumba.

“We have placed duty free on energy efficient lighting lamps, solar panels, solar geysers, solar batteries and inverters for solar power and energy saving appliances, machinery and equipment in order to meet the demand for energy in Zambia.”