Kenya has one of the most dynamic economies in Africa, yet it is facing a number of pressing economic,
environmental and social challenges.
In recent years, Kenya has adopted several green economy-related approaches and policies, which include
implementing renewable energy feed-in tariffs in 2008, embedding sustainable natural resource utilization
into its 2010 Constitution and mainstreaming green economy in its Second Medium Term Plan (2013-2017).
In this context, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, in partnership with UNEP,
commissioned a study to assess the economic benefits and challenges of investing in priority economic
sectors in support of Kenya’s transition to a green economy. The study examines
investments under “business-as-usual” (BAU) compared to green economy scenarios in four key sectors that
are critical for the country’s green growth, namely: agriculture, energy, manufacturing and transport.
This study was commissioned by the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), at the request
of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural
Resources, on behalf of the Government of the
Republic of Kenya. It was conducted by the Kenya
Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis
(KIPPRA), with the support of the Washington-based
Millennium Institute and the valuable research
input from International Institute for Sustainable
Development (IISD). The study is the result of
national stakeholder consultations held in February
2012 and September 2012, as well as regional
stakeholder consultations held in April 2012 for
communities in the coastal region, with funding from
the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The results of this assessment will contribute not only to the realisation of Kenya’s Vision 2030, but also to the ongoing debate on how the transition to a green economy can serve as an enabler of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and green job creation.