Zimbabwe is a country Party to both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of the Convention and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Parties may adopt is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. The Kyoto Protocol established mechanisms to promote emission reduction while fostering sustainable development. One such mechanism is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in which an investor and/or project developer implements a project in a developing country towards the host country’s sustainable development which results in greenhouse gas emissions abatement thereby generating tradable Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits.
In 2015 Zimbabwe committed to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in which improved waste management and alternative renewable energy were cited as interventions to achieve that goal among other initiatives. In 2016, Zimbabwe ratified the Paris agreement and started working towards achieving its NDC. It has since shown commitment by presenting it at the COP23. Recently in 2018, Zimbabwe received 1million dollar funding injection to facilitate it establish a Low Carbon Emission Development (LCED) strategy.
Therefore, a platform to promote the research and development of new renewable energy technologies, which are sustainable is a step in the right direction.
Conference Aims and Scope
In the same vein and following from above, it can be noted that Zimbabwe and most of the international world, especially Africa are facing a great challenge in terms of availability and access to energy. This is especially so in the face of growing demand due to population and industrial growth. Acute shortages of electricity and the increasingly depleting fossil reserve coupled with environmental concerns surrounding the use of fossil fuels is justification for a shift towards sustainable and renewable energy solutions. To address these serious challenges, the International conference on Current Trends in Renewable Energy Technologies (ICCTR – 2018) should be a platform for the academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to come together and share innovative ideas and insights with regards to energy challenges and proffering applicable and sustainable solutions to the growing challenge.The International conference on Current Trends in Renewable Energy Technologies will basically focus on both scientific innovations and technovations for sustainable and renewable energy solutions aimed at socio-economic development. This highly interactive fora is expected to feature among other things, ground breaking academic research presentations, plenary presentations as well as, panel discussions for policy makers, industry and NGOs.