BY STAFF REPORTER
ADDIS ABABA – Commending the immense Ethiopia’s potential to harness renewable energy, ,Chargé d’affaires of Australian Embassy to Ethiopia Siddhartha Chakrabarti said that Australia has been extending supports to Ethiopia’s ambition of becoming one of the renewable energy superpowers in the world.
“Prime Minister Abiy’s vast tree-planting campaign is a sign of the Government’s ambition and commitment towards green economy.”
The Chargé d’affaires further stated that, Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy reinforces Ethiopia’s commitment to build a climate resilient economy like what the Australian Government has done.
While mentioning that the Australian government agencies and Australian companies are working with their Ethiopian counterparts to fuel Ethiopia’s green economy ambitions.
He illustrated that Australian company Fortescue; a global leader in resources has signed a multi-billion USD deal with the Government of Ethiopia to further develop Ethiopia’s hydro-power resources. As to him, the projects being considered to support Ethiopia’s ambitions to become a renewable energy superpower
He further elucidated that another Australian company; Lotus Energy is developing the world’s largest renewable energy micro-grid in Ethiopia. When complete, the micro-grid will help communities, create jobs, and provide cheap zero-emissions power to manufacturing and industrial enterprises.
Similarly, the Australian Centre of Agricultural Research, one of Australia’s premier agricultural research institutes, is helping farmers in Ethiopia and twelve other African countries improve farming systems, increase agricultural productivity and increase climate resilience, he noted.
The Ethiopian Herald January 29/2021