Kenya Association of Manufacturers recognized over 20 organizations that have proved their prowess in energy efficiency and conservation at the 16th Annual Energy Management Awards (EMA) Luncheon held on 30th October 2020.
The Energy Management Awards was launched in 2004 by the GEF-KAM Energy Efficiency Project, a predecessor of the Centre of Energy Efficiency and Conservation (CEEC). CEEC based at KAM champions energy and resource efficiency in the country.
The awards promote, recognize, and drive energy efficiency and conservation with a view to conserve the environment and manage energy costs in the sector.
Speaking at the luncheon, KAM CEO, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga disclosed that from an investment of Kshs 600,000 for an energy audit, the implementation of energy conservation measures led to a saving of Ksh 6.3 Million annually.
“Energy audits, in particular, have played a crucial role in ensuring that manufacturers identify areas of energy improvement and consequently save on energy costs. The energy efficiency market has come of age because the benefits have been demonstrated over time,” she said.
The KAM chief executive indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the sectors’ growth projections of 15 percent annually.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statics, the manufacturing sector reported a contraction of 3.9% in Q2’2020 compared to an expansion of 4.0% in the same period of 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, the Director of Renewable Energy, Mr David Mutisya, noted that enhanced energy efficiency will ultimately improve energy security, preserve foreign currency through avoided energy imports, lower the burden on the grid during peak consumption and help reduce carbon dioxide emission.
KAM Chairman, Mr Mucai Kunyiha reiterated that power is a crucial input for the sector and addressing cost needs to be thought out. “Recalibrating our conversations to focus on energy efficiency and sustainable manufacturing will see us create sustainable jobs, anchoring them on our efforts towards building our economy.”