ZAMBIA’S VULNERABILITY TO CLIMATE CHANGE PERSISTS

Despite being a minor contributor to global greenhouse gases, Zambia is still susceptible to the effects of climate change, as stated by the Ministry of Energy.

During the inauguration of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Indaba, Dr. Francesca Zyambo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, highlighted that Zambia’s hydro-dependent electricity sector faces a substantial threat from climate change.

The country’s hydropower output has diminished by approximately 1000 megawatts, despite having an installed electricity generation capacity of 3700 megawatts.

Dr. Zyambo further explains that the decrease in hydropower generation has adversely affected the economy, leading to heightened strain on the national grid during peak hours when the supply of electricity falls short of demand.

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