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Energy Minister, Kapala, courts engineers in search for solutions to energy shortages


Energy Minister, Peter Kapala, has called for public private partnerships in finding climate change mitigative measures.

Kapala told a fully packed Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) Northern Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kitwe on Saturday that the power deficit facing the country called for heavy involvement of engineers.

“The engineering professionals are key to designing and managing systems and technologies to beat climate change,” he stated.

Kapala noted that the below-normal rainfall patterns experienced during the 2023 to 2024 season as a result of the EL NINO drought phenomenon due to climate change was an eye opener to find alternative solutions.

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He said there was an urgent need to strengthen systems and bolster supply chains, adding that mitigation adaptation against climate change cannot be successful without engineering professionals at the table.

Speaking earlier, EIZ president, Able Ng’andu, urged engineers to be at the forefront of adopting new technologies and best practices to benefit society as the country grapples with the effects of climate change.

“But I must hasten to say that without excellence, the country cannot deliver the infrastructure improvements Zambia needs,” Ng’andu said, adding that the engineering profession had made progress but that it was clear more needed to be done.

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