The Climate Parliament is an international, multi-partisan network of legislators working worldwide to help solve the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to renewable energy.
BUILDING POLITICAL WILL
Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy
The PARE programme aims to create awareness among key legislators in Africa and in small island developing states, and to mobilise them to take action on climate and renewable energy issues. We are organising a series of virtual roundtable meetings featuring renowned experts in rural access to renewable energy through mini-grids, large-scale renewable energy and green grids, and sustainable transport.
LEGISLATORS COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE
This Bill, which supports Nigeria's efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation, was passed by the House of Representatives in July 2021. The Climate Parliament group in Nigeria convened and funded a retreat to speed up the final negotiations and drafting. According to Hon. Samuel Onuigbo, chair of the Climate Change Committee of the House: “without the support provided by members of Climate Parliament Nigeria, this speedy progress that we made would not have been possible.”
On 26th July, Paddy Padmanathan, the CEO of ACWA Power, a major renewable energy developer, gave an overview of the renewable energy sector, emphasising the affordability of renewable energy as the cheapest source of energy. He gave details on how costs can be brought down, as this is a major concern for parliamentarians in Kenya and much of Africa. ACWA Power provides renewable energy to Ethiopia for 2.54 cents per KWh, an unprecedentedly low cost in Africa.
This law voted for by Parliament in April 2021 will provide a comprehensive framework for climate action in Uganda. No ministry budget can pass parliament without a certificate demonstrating that it includes substantial investment on climate change. Hon. Lawrence Biyika Songa, chair of the Committee on Climate Change, has stated: “The interaction with the Climate Parliament gave us a boost and a lot of information that we used to engage the government.”