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Month: August 30, 2017

How to achieve sustainable cities and communities

Urbanization is one of the mega trends shaping the world in this century. According to World Bank, 12 million Kenyans live in urban areas, but by 2050 about half of the country’s 48.46 million people will be living in cities. Cities are economic powerhouses generating more than 80 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product.

Plastic bags and the circular economy in Kenya

It was my first time in Europe and I landed there at the tail end of winter. It was cold outside and coming from East Africa, the cold felt worse. Our host picked us from the airport and dropped us at our hostels then proceeded to show us places where we could shop, catch the

Converting food waste into biogas energy

Biogas has over the last couple of years gained popularity in many households especially those with cows and need to supplement their energy needs. The only challenge is that not all people in urban and peri urban homes have the space required to set up the conventional fixed dome. Again, not all households have a

The Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP)

On the 27th July 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources launched the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) 2016 – 2030. GESIP is a blueprint for enhancing low-carbon, resource efficient, equitable and inclusive socio-economic transformation. Furthermore, it focuses on binding social economic constraints towards attaining Kenya Vision 2030 and

Access to Energy; Why does it matter?

Kenya is experiencing a major crisis in the electricity sector following a prolonged dry spell in the last ten months. This has led to a reduction in hydropower production by 40 per cent to lows of 176.3 MKW in June, this year from 356 MKW in October last year. The Energy Regulatory Commission Director General,

THE BAN OF PLASTIC BAGS

The ban on plastic bags in Kenya is to come into effect at the end of August. Looking around one wonders how the implementation of the ban will be done, as clearly there is little or no preparedness. We dispose our garbage using plastic bags, we store food in the fridge using plastic bags, when

Gender Equality and business

Women comprise of more than half of Africa’s population and their contribution to the economy is extensive. However, they form 30-70 percent of people living below $2 in the continent. Only 12.7 percent of the board composition in Africa consists of women. This is 4.6 percent lower than the women representation on the boards of

Ukulima Tech sets up farming systems in South Sudan

In South Sudan, a quiet town called Cueibet exists. A town that is more of a rural community which is subjected to food insecurity issues, poverty and infertile lands. The impact of climate change on food security and environmental stability adversely affects the human population. In this respect, Ukulima Tech Ltd sought to reduce food

Investing in green businesses is viable

Kenya’s economy is the largest in East Africa. With the growth comes depletion of natural resources at a rate not fast enough to regenerate more. The Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017 states that climate change events such as droughts and floods could cost the economy as much as US$500 million a year. This

Study tour to Gorge Park Energy Farm and Solinc East Africa

As energy demand on the farms continue to rise with the setting in of modern farming techniques, the conventional power sources are continually becoming inadequate and costly. There is, therefore, need to innovatively come up with alternative technologies to serve the rising demand. A farm in Naivasha, has however endeavored to scale the heights in