COVID-19 slows down Zimbabwe thermal power project

By Bernard Mpofu The outbreak of the coronavirus has slowed down expansion works at Hwange Thermal Power Station, Zimbabwe’s largest thermal power station, it has emerged. China’s Sinohydro was contracted to carry out the project but global fears of the coronavirus which was first reported in the worlds’ second largest economy has retarded progress.  Zimbabwe […]

Editorial Comment: Renewable energy policies vital for power sustenance

The launch of the National Renewable Energy Policy (NREP) and the Bio-fuels Policy of Zimbabwe represents a major milestone in our country’s efforts to catalyse the transition to renewable energy — a key step in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7, which seeks to ensure universal energy access to all. It is […]

Renewable energy policy set for launch

President Mnangagwa will today launch the National Renewable Energy and the Bio-fuels Policies of Zimbabwe in Harare, a move that will create a conducive environment for the development of renewable energy. The policies seek to promote optimal supply and utilisation of energy for socio-economic development in a safe, sustainable manner. Government is seeking to prioritise […]

Climate change poser for national parks

“We are being watched,” a Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) game ranger, acting as tour guide, exclaimed. He is pointing to the left as the lead vehicle in a convoy taking United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed and her delegation on an evening game drive in the giant Hwange National Park is […]

Communicating health issues in climate change

THE health component is the most fundamental aspect of human well-being, but it is often ignored or back-grounded when talking about climate change impacts. This essential community of practice is not normally a favourite of journalists reporting on climate change issues. One wonders if it’s the lack of expertise to report on critical health issues […]

Renewable energy market open to IPPs

Zimbabwe is facing acute electricity shortages arising from low water levels in Kariba Dam and lack of regular refurbishment of thermal power plants. Apart from expanding Hwange Thermal Station, which should feed 600MW into the grid on completion from next year, Government is promoting power generation from renewable energy sources, especially solar. Our Deputy News […]

Sadc boss meets ED over climate change, youth unemployment

SADC executive secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa at State House where the two discussed a number of issues, including the political situation in the region, climate change and youth unemployment. Dr Tax met the President in his capacity as chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence […]

Zim gets US$26,5m for climate change mitigation

ZIMBABWE has been awarded US$26,5 million grant under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help the country build its climate resilience for vulnerable smallholder farmers in southern parts of the country. The GCF is a United Nations-backed fund which seeks to help developing nations in Africa and around the globe cope with climate change by […]

Old Mutual set to install 650kW solar plant as it goes green

By Bernard Mpofu Insurance giant Old Mutual Zimbabwe in partnership with Easy Power Limited has invested US$2, 5 million towards a 650 kilowatts (kW) ground-mounted solar plant at its Mutual Gardens property in Harare as the group goes green to provide clean energy to meet the electricity needs of its office complex. Speaking during the […]

Zimbabwe’s renewable energy sector fails to attract international investors

By Lungelo Ndhlovu  To help develop Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development, foreign missions in the country have stepped up efforts to initiate and fund renewable energy projects as an alternative to fossil fuels which are harmful to the environment and people. Recently, the United States Embassy in Zimbabwe funded a solar-powered project at Esigodini District Hospital, in […]