Sweco hired to help Mozambique prepare for climate change

Mozambique’s energy system could be knocked out by a cyclone, Sweco said (Courtesy of Sweco)
Sweco has been hired by Electricidade de Moçambique for a year-long project to boost the preparedness of Mozambique’s national energy system.

The aim of the $460,000 (SEK 5 million) project is to protect it from more frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

Mozambiques long coastline and extensive below-sea-level areas makes it vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sweco said its energy system could be knocked out by a cyclone.

The consultant, which has worked in the southeastern African country for some 30 years, will asses the system’s current status and propose measures for better disaster preparedness.

“Preparedness needs to be raised ahead of time and the consequences managed when disaster strikes,” said Conny Udd, energy division manager at Sweco Sweden.

Sweco’s assignment is part of an agreement between the governments of Sweden and Mozambique, financed by Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution.

“Climate change is contributing to an increasingly challenging environment for energy systems in many countries,” said Karin Kronhöffer, head of strategy and communications at Swedfund.

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