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Government making huge strides to reduce air pollution, says CS

By Antony Gitonga | October 5th 2021

Transport CS James Macharia (R)  during celebrations to mark World Habitats Day in Olkaria, Naivasha.  [Dennis Kavisu, Standard]

Ferrying of cargo through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and rehabilitation of major roads has reduced air pollution by more than 20 per cent, the government has said.

Speaking during celebrations to mark World Habitats Day in Olkaria, Naivasha, yesterday, Transport CS James Macharia said climate change was real, as the country continued to record unpredictable weather patterns.

He said reduction in the number of trucks using the Mombasa-Nairobi highway since the SGR was introduced had helped reduce the pollution, adding that the government was committed to use of clean energy.

Macharia said the construction of 10,300kms nationwide had also helped improve use of fuel. “We have also introduced the Bus Rapid Transit system in Nairobi, which is environment friendly and very efficient in urban transport,” he said.

The CS admitted that an ambitious affordable housing project had been affected by a court order stopping use of a levy fund. 

“Despite the handicap, we are working closely with the private sector and every week we have upcoming affordable housing programmes,” he said.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko termed existing drought, flooding, hot waves and rising water levels in lakes to climate change, adding the ministry was working closely with Transport and Housing one in mitigation. “We are working with other departments and agencies in addressing the environmental challenges,” he said.

Kengen MD Rebecca Miano said the power generation firm was committed to the production of clean energy through geothermal.

 “We are making major strides in the production of clean and renewable energy and the move to hold this ceremony here is an indication of our commitment,” she said.  

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