The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held the Clean Energy Conference and Expo at the Safari Park hotel from 10th to 12th April 2019 ending with the Energy Management Award ceremony. The theme for 2019 was “Sustaining a Clean Energy Market in Kenya.” The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) was one of the event partners.
KAM commits to supporting green businesses
Opening the conference CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga mentioned some of the ways in which KAM was committed to working with institutions and individuals who were keen on going green. She commented, “Energy cost and availability have always been central to industrial growth and consequently, sustained economic development for many countries around the world. We advise businesses to invest in renewable energy. We have been working with African Development Bank Group and other partner banks to finance renewable projects in Kenya.”
She emphasized on the need for sustainability and efficiency in industries. “We need to emphasize on clean energy conservation and efficiency as a strategy to reduce emissions and conserve our environment. We cannot continue to play down the effect of climate change. Without the environment we cannot have life on earth. Increasing our efficiency by 10% will bring down our emissions in a substantial way,” Wakiaga said.
Panel discussions on sustainable business practices
The opening session- that featured a live TV panel discussion- had representatives from various industries in Kenya. The panel consisted of Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the Principal Secretary (PS) for Energy, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO of KAM, Jitu Joshi, Plant Manager of Mombasa Cement, Samuel Muiru, Head of Engineering at Kenya Breweries Limited, and Wangari Muchiri, Board Member of Kenya Green Building Society.
The sessions held during the conference covered various topics such as Policy Incentives for Independent Power Producers, Captive Solar, Energy Demand Growth, Sustainable Building Practices, Energy Efficiency in Transport and Clean Cooking, and Cleaner Industrial Energy Sources and Waste to Energy Development Opportunities.
KCIC entrepreneurs showcase at Clean Energy Conference and Expo
The two days of the expo allowed participants the opportunity to view some of the stands on display at the exhibition tent. Companies were able to showcase their renewable energy alternatives to those interested. One particular attention grabber was the fully electric car by Knight Energy Solutions. The Nissan Leaf is able to travel up to 130KM when fully charged and has zero emissions. This year’s edition had eight KCIC clients showcasing their products at the expo. This included Mega Gas, Zijani, Kings Biofuel, Solartrend, and Acacia Innovations.
Energy Management Awards
The Energy Management Awards, held on the last night of the Expo at Safari Park Hotel, saw businesses adopting sustainable practices feted for their efforts. Kenya Breweries Limited emerged as the overall winner of the Energy Management Award. Other winners of the night were Strathmore University, British American Tobacco Kenya, Best Western, Frigoken Ltd, Kiru Tea Factory, Credit Bank, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Karirana Estates (Eden Tea), James Finlay (K) ltd, Sarova Woodlands, Mombasa Cement, Krystalline Salt Ltd and Njoro Canning Factory Ltd.