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On Thursday January 12, 2023 members of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) in Uganda held a meeting attended by 8 out of the 10 members. The meeting updated members on INFORSE Uganda activities and the plan for the year 2023 as part of the global INFORSE Network. As such the meeting sought members’ input in the remaining period (January – March 2023) for the on-going plans and projects (The East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action (EASE CA); and the INFORSE Synergies
Across Continents Project that seeks to bring together experiences from different  regions and strengthen INFORSE members as a training platform for promotion of local sustainable energy solutions).

UCSD and the International Network for Sustainable Development (INFORSE) as part of the East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Project (2019 -2022) have prepared Uganda's 100% Renewable Energy Scenario and Plan by 2050

The Plan provides a general overview of the Ugandan situation regarding energy supply and demand, and presents a scenario for how Uganda can move into a 100% renewable energy economy in 2050 and also move from a lower income country into an upper middle income country while sustainably harnessing its biomass resources along with other renewable energy sources.

In the Plan, a basic analysis of the current total energy demand and supply patterns for Uganda is shown. Secondly a renewable energy scenario; universal access to modern energy services by 2030 (Sustainable Energy For ALL) is elaborated. Thirdly, a course of action is proposed which outlines how Uganda can contribute to the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

Within Uganda’s NDC, a focus on energy through introduction of improved biomass cook stoves and biogas is already highlighted. As part of securing a more ambitious NDC in line with the Paris Agreement, Uganda needs to take this to another level, through scaling up adoption of improved biomass cook stoves as well as their efficiency through Research and Development efforts.

The Plan underscores that for Uganda, achieving universal energy access is as important as achieving a 100% renewable energy production target. It also recognizes that to be sustainable, the renewable energy solutions presented must address poverty and other social needs as outlined in Agenda 2030 / Sustainable Development Goals.

In both the 100% renewable energy in 2050 and the BAU scenarios  developed with the INFORSE model and the Energy Plan model, fossil fuel in the form of oil continues to fuel the transport sector and increasingly the industry sector.  Another larger difference between the 100% renewable energy scenario and the BAU scenario is that in the 100% renewable energy scenario, 25% of cooking is made with highly efficient electric pressure cookers in 2050, which is not the case in the BAU scenario. While in the BAU scenario, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels (though small today) will continue to grow, in the 100% renewable energy scenario, they will gradually be reduced until 2050.

On December 22, 2022, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) virtually held its 8 th Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was attended by 22 members and partners. UCSD Chairperson – Ms. Sarah Kisolo regretted that the AGM was previously missed due to COVID 19 restrictions in 2019, and financial limitations afterwards in 2020 and 2021. This has necessitated UCSD to explore the online options. Hence the 8 th virtual AGM in 2022 was to catch up with the missed ones in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Recently, Uganda through the Ministry of Water and Environment, submitted its Updated Nationally Determined Contributions with an ambitious economy-wide mitigation target of 24.7% reduction below the Business As Usual (BAU) in 2030, from the 22% reduction target communicated in the first NDC in 2016. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is a climate action plan to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts. Each Party to the Paris Agreement is required to establish an NDC and update it every five years.

On August 30 2022, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development UCSD; Joint Energy and Environment Projects and the Green Ambassador’s Club (as members of INFORSE East Africa); and Training, Education and Empowerment for Neighbourhood Sustainability issued a Call to Action for Walking and Cycling as Sustainable Mobility Options for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.

Energy services are essential for sustainable development. The way in which these services including lighting, cooking, heating and cooling, water pumping, refrigeration, transportation and communication are produced, distributed and used affects the social, economic and environmental dimensions of any development achieved. According to the World Resources Institute (2020), energy-related activities accounted for around 73 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 due to emissions from burning fossil fuels in the electricity sector, heating and cooling; transport and manufacturing.

 UCSD, JEEP and INFORSE East Africa Media brief on the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day 2020 (May 22): https://www.scribd.com/document/462255604/UCSD-JEEP-INFORSE-East-Africa-Biodiversity-Day-2020-Media-Brief

Joint media statement on the occasion of the World environment Day 2021 by Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP), Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) and INFORSE East Africa: https://www.scribd.com/document/509685921/JEEP-UCSD-and-INFORSE-East-Africa-Media-Statement-on-World-Environment-Day-2021-Time-for-Local-Solutions-to-Re-establish-Degraded-Ecosystems-in-Ugand

Uganda CSO Statement the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum anchored on the theme: "Empowering people and ensuring inclusive and equality " will focus on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16: https://www.scribd.com/document/423009146/Uganda-CSO-Statement-to-2019-HLPF-July-2019

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