Scotland to help Malawi on green energy

Scotland has announced it has extended its commitment to help Malawi on green energy. Two specialists from the Scottish Government will be going to the African state next year to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scotland has announced it has extended its commitment to help Malawi on green energy.

Two specialists from the Scottish Government will be going to the African state next year to advise their Government on combating climate change and developing renewable energy.

Scottish Education Secretary Michael Russell (pictured) who made the announcement said 90% of the population in Malawi doesn’t have access to electricity.

He added: “Through this initiative Scotland will help Malawi extend access to electricity across the nation in a sustainable way that does not add to carbon emissions and protects against fluctuations in the cost of fossil fuels.”

The initiative is in addition to the Scottish Government’s £3 million Climate Justice Fund – which will provide support to projects in Sub Saharan Africa, such as Malawi, to help mitigate the impacts of climate change. It also builds on the £1.7 million investment in the University of Strathclyde’s Malawi Renewable Energy Programme (MREAP).