9th edition of Africa Green Waste & Energy expo kicks off  

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Myles Matarise

STAFF WRITER

matarisem@dailynews.co.zw

The 9th edition of the Africa Green Waste & Energy expo and conference is set to start today and will run until Friday at the Harare exhibition park.

The theme for this year’s expo is ‘A zero carbon, climate resilient future; setting the stage for transformation.’

The Africa Green Waste & Energy Expo was born in 2012 out of the drive to bring heads together to change the global climate future by convening global and continental leaders from policy makers, global companies, start-ups, investors and international organisations, to share and discuss zero-carbon and circular economy solutions for a sustainable and climate-resilient future.

In its 9th edition, the forum will provide a springboard to present cutting-edge climate innovations from large corporations, start-ups, cities and other stakeholders.

The discussions are structured around partnerships, local and regional solutions-transfer, investments, policy changes and interventions needed to accelerate and scale up innovations for a climate positive future.

Participants will include, environmentalists, Civil society organisations (CSOs), United Nations (UN) Agencies, government ministries, executive government officials, embassies, policy makers, corporates, green start-up enterprise, municipal councils, Innovators, entrepreneurs, universities and schools.

This 9th edition is going virtual in most parts and will be streamed live on various platforms.

Only the main delegate cluster comprising main presenters for plenary sessions will be required to be on the ground with careful control of attendance numbers in adherence to Covid-19 regulations.

All stakeholders are expected to come together to accelerate and scale innovation and climate action.

The main objectives for the expo include, developing communities of excellence implementing, monitoring and evaluation strategies on greening issues, building partnerships that define a clear roadmap and make recommendations to governments through regional organs for inclusivity in transitioning from a brown to a

green and climate-neutral economy.

Moreover, the expo will aim to raise awareness on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development (LED) Strategies within the industry and industry associations, to secure buy-in from sectors into the climate change agenda to achieve climate neutrality, to come up with an inclusive African technical support committee that looks at shifting focus onto creating a framework for green jobs, national communication tools for green economies and social inclusivity.

The event will create an excellent opportunity for networking and establish a sustainable network of partner and stakeholder organisations.

Some interesting activities will feature the Green Innovation challenge, which allows college students to submit their research paper with solutions for the problems they conducted a research on for review and then thereafter they can get technical support to implement their interventions.

The adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement called for an unprecedented effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, currently based on NDCs providing a roadmap for global transformation towards a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future.

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