Although The Gambia is aggressively exploring offshore areas for hydrocarbons potential and intends to become one of the MSGBC Basin’s new oil-producing countries, fossil fuel development is by no means the only region in which the Gambian officials are searching to boost the country’s energy sector’s dynamism. A number of large-scale projects incorporating renewable energy technologies are also in the works. The Gambia’s primary energy sources include petroleum imports, firewood, electricity, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). However, thanks to continued support from individual nations as well as multilateral agencies such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), a variety of renewable energy ventures are in the works. As a result, The Gambia is progressively well positioned to broaden its energy mix by absorbing new renewable energy sources.
On September 6, 2021, H.E. Vice President Dr Isatou Touray officiated the launch of a €2.7 million project in The Gambia called Renewable Energy Potentials. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the effort. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology, as well as its academic partner, the University of The Gambia (UTG), will implement the four-year project on the ground.
“The Gambia generates a very little quantity of CO2 emissions that impact climate change,” H.E. Vice President Dr Isatou Touray said after the inauguration. As a result, mitigating the effects of climate change via this project is a huge prospect that The Gambia cannot manage to pass up.” “This inauguration was going to serve as a milestone in the correct approach of executing The Gambia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs),” the Vice President added. These NDCs were developed as part of The Gambia’s pledges made at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ’s Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris, France, in 2015.
Despite not being a big polluter, The Gambia has remained dedicated to a range of climate change mitigation projects, in contrast to other of the world’s larger and considerably more industrialized economies, that are accountable for a much higher proportion of world CO2 emissions. “The world is heading towards a green economy, and The Gambia will undoubtedly not be left behind in every endeavor,” said Dr Isatou Touray. The government and business sector in The Gambia are increasingly aware that a safe environment and a thriving economy are inextricably linked. Since the green company is good business, we can possess both at the same moment.”
H.E. Lamin B. Dibba, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources, emphasized the significance of the REPGam project, saying that “what the project intends to achieve will not only empower The Gambia to accomplish the national target but will also enable The Gambia to accomplish multilateral environment deals that The Gambia has signed.” Using the power of research, science, technology, and innovation, the country is devoted to overcoming the myriad issues it has in relation to the environment as well as the agriculture industry, an essential element of the national economy.