The government of Ghana has been implored to exhibit the political will in formulating a concrete transition plan for fosil fuel to renewable energy mantra.
Failure for government to take such pragmatic strategy according to Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities, AERC, will not only plunge Ghana into energy crisis, but also have economic, environmental and social consequences on several communities thereby impoverishing lots of Ghanaians.
The think tank brought this to the fore during a meeting with the press in Tema to unveil a research findings conducted and profess suggestions to remedy.
The presentation was in partnership with AbibiNsroma Foundation and Friends of the Earth Ghana.
Countries around the globe have resolved to steadily depart from the use of fosil fuel to renewable energy to reduce the increasing negative impact of the climate change on lives.
Ghana in view of this has laid a roadmap to have ten percent clean energy in the the country’s generation mix by 2030.
Coordinator of the Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities, Richard Matey, at the press briefing said studies conducted in Ghana, Togo Nigeria and Uganda have revealed that in spite of the fosil fuel to renewable energy agenda, export credit finance agencies from developed countries are still financing offshore energy projects.
This according to him thwarts efforts at decreasing the level of pollution impacts on the earth through the exploitation of dirty energy.
Mr. Matey noted that some renewed commitment has however emerged at the just ended Glasgow climate summit where the G-8 have pledged to drastically cut down their fundings to offshore fosil fuel projects by 2022.
Mr. Matey who doubles as the energy focal person for AERC disclosed that if this happens, Ghana will be hit with gas shortage to fuel its thermal plants and as a result experience serious power crisis if fails to begin the transition strategy now.
He therefore called for the political will to act immediately, strategic investment to drive the clean energy agenda and as well take the necessary energy transition investment approach to clean energy.
The Coordinator of AbibiNstoma Foundation, Robert Amiteye on his part called on MMDAs to embrace the renewable energy concept, especially using solar and waste to generate power in their jurisdictions as a way of helping to achieve this objective.
He was however swift to add that much as that requires the assemblies sourcing for external funds individually, their pursuits must be in tandem with the national policy on clean energy.
Other partners involved in the studies across the African continent include Environmental Governance Institute, Friends of the Earth Togo, Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria.