Kenya is planning to put in place tax incentives to promote the construction of green buildings, the construction regulator said on Wednesday.
Maurice Akech, executive director of the National Construction Authority (NCA), told journalists in Nairobi that Nairobi is keen to cut greenhouse emissions from the construction industry.
“We want to roll out tax incentives so that all those involved in the construction of buildings, roads and dams also promote environmental conservation,” Akech told a business seminar.
The two-day Kenya-Turkey seminar brought 16 Turkish companies to showcase the latest technology in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors.
Akech said Kenya is experiencing a rapid expansion in the construction sector, so it is the right time to expand the green construction concept.
Kenya will also encourage the construction sector to embrace the recycling of materials to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, he said.
Akech said construction materials should be sourced locally as much as possible to “reduce emissions caused by the transportation of commodities.” Enditem