Nic Hailey attends signing of agreement which will benefit more than 300k smallholder tea farmers in Kenya

Lerionka Tiampati and John Roome
KTDA CEO Lerionka Tiampati and World Bank Group Senior Director for Climate Change, John Roome sign the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA). Photo: Twitter/KTDATea

On Thursday, an Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) was signed between the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) trust fund, with World Bank acting as trustee, and Kenya Tea Development Agency Power Company Ltd (KTDA Power) which will allow carbon credit to be earned by small factory company-owned hydro power stations for generating clean energy.

The agreement, which is set to benefit more than 300,000 smallholder tea farmers, was signed by KTDA CEO Lerionka Tiampati and World Bank Group Senior Director for Climate Change, John Roome, who obtained a Masters Degrees in Econometrics and in Management Studies from Cambridge University.

Lerionka Tiampati and John Roome
Lerionka Tiampati and John Roome. Photo: Twitter/KTDATea

Carbon Market Finance (CMF) has been developed jointly by the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department for International Development. In total, the UK is contributing £50 million over 2013 to 2025 to build capacity and develop tools and methodologies that will help least developed countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, to access finance from the carbon market.

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The UK is providing £49 million to Ci-Dev to deliver CMF. Ci-Dev will invest in low carbon technologies that deliver community and household level benefits, particularly focused on improving poor peoples’ access to clean energy.

By successfully demonstrating the ability of carbon finance to deliver low carbon development in least developed countries Ci-Dev hopes to increase future carbon finance flows to these countries.

A further £1 million will be used to monitor and evaluate these impacts and capture and disseminate this knowledge. CMF aims to achieve significant development impacts, installing upwards of 165MW of new renewable energy generation, avoiding an estimated 2.6 MtCO2e, and mobilizing £982 million of private sector finance into clean technologies.

Speaking at the signing, British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said: “The UK is proud to be a part of bringing the Ci-Dev project to life helping to tackle climate change while providing clean energy to thousands of tea farmers here in Kenya.”

Nic Hailey at ERPA signing
Nic Hailey joins the signatories of the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA). Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

According to the World Bank: “The contract is slated to purchase carbon credits from small hydropower plants that provide power to 350,000 smallholder tea farmers and 39 of their regional tea factories in Kenya.

“The new ERPA brings the Ci-Dev portfolio to more than $73 million in implementation,” they added.

Nic Hailey at ERPA signing
Nic Hailey at the signing of the agreement on carbon credit. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

On January 29, 2016, Ci-Dev signed an emissions reduction purchase agreement (ERPA) with SimGas IP BV, a Dutch private company, for the purchase of 500,000 certified emission reductions (CERs) to be generated through end 2024.

SimGas designed a molded plastic household biogas digester that is able to be mass-manufactured at lower cost and with faster and cheaper transportation and installation than traditional masonry-based designs. Ci-Dev revenues helped to make the biodigesters more affordable to up to 75,000 Kenyan households, as well as extending the company’s basic warranty to five years.

Use of biogas for cooking reduces household exposure to indoor air pollution as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions from unsustainable use of woody biomass.

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