On Friday 24th September 2021, 350 Ghana reducing our Carbon met with Mr. Antwi-Boasiako Amoah, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Accra and in 4 other regions to officially deliver a letter and inform the policy makers of the environment about their Renewable energy for communities campaign.
The campaign seeks to sensitize, educate and engage members of the local assemblies on how they can contribute to the nationally determined contribution (NDC’s) as an assembly. This initiative began in 2020 when the team visited 5 municipal and district assemblies in Accra.
In sustaining the projects executed in the year 2020 in the 5 districts in Accra , they seek to advance to the regional level (Volta, Ashanti, Eastern, Northern and Central regions) hence the visits.
350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC) is a formal network of youth groups formed with the aim of mobilizing and empowering young people in partnership with key stakeholders to actively champion the need to reduce our carbon emissions and promote renewable energy systems as a key effort in combating climate change.
G-ROC seeks to position itself as a strategic youth-led group in influencing and contributing to policies and programming on low carbon emission-related issues. we strive to ensure that the concerns of young people and local communities are acknowledged and incorporated in decision-making processes towards a low carbon or carbon-free economy.
One of the ways we do so is to strongly promote the use of renewable energies in Ghana and globally as a whole. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of these long-term goals is key.
This we will do by:
1. Advocating for more ambition in the government of Ghana and urge them to implement 30% renewable energy into the energy mix by 2030
2. To advocate for the implementation of the pre promised national RE agenda in the 5 regions by 2021.
3. To continue supporting the implementation of the RE Agenda in the next MTDP of the 5 zones within Ghana by 2021.
4. To create a platform for knowledge sharing among stakeholders within the Government and public sector, and the youth in the selected regions.
350Groc members also visited Mr. Patrick Kagbetor ( Regional coordinator of Energy commission), Mr. Oppong Darkwa (Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency) in the Volta Region.
The Regional Director Environmental Protection Agency, the Regional Director Forestry Commission and the Regional Director Parks and Gardens at Koforidua in the Eastern-Region were also visited.
The Ashanti Region and the Northern region team also visited the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in the various Region.
EPA Volta Region Delivery
EPA Eastern Region
EPA Ashanti Region
EPA Northern Region
Report By: Patricia Bekoe
350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon