Science and Technology Minister Hon Felix Mutati has stressed the need for Zambia to extensively collaborate at regional level to effectively mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.
Speaking on the margins of the just ended Southern Africa Science Services Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Management (SASSCAL) 10th anniversary in Berlin, Hon Mutati said climate change had no boundaries and affected everyone hence the need for increased collaboration at regional level.
He said Zambia is one of the countries in the region that has benefited from research, capacity building and financial resources adding that the German government has given Zambia more than 2.1 million Euros over a period of 10 years to support various projects.
Hon Mutati said Zambia was prioritising the use of green energy adding that under the SASSCAL network mapping had already been done and the next stage would be to pilot the hydrogen project in Zambia.
He said there was a need for capacity building that can help young Zambians learn skills in managing green hydrogen.
Hon Mutati said Zambia has over 40 percent of the water resource in the Southern region and that the country should not allow the water to go to waste but utilise it well as green hydrogen is a byproduct of water.
Green hydrogen technology is based on the generation of hydrogen, a universal light and highly reactive fuel, through a chemical process known as electrolysis and is seen as a fuel of the future as the world tries to reduce emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.