Friday the 4th of April 2014 saw the Kenya Association of Manufacturers hold their 10th Energy Management Awards Gala night at Nairobi’s Hotel Intercontinental.

Bidco Oil Ltd emerged the 2014 overall winner with Sarova Whitesands Hotel emerging winner under the best service sector award. Under the Green Building award, Catholic University of Eastern Africa was the best. University of Nairobi, crowned the Green architect, department of architectural and building of the year award.

Energy Management Awards Gala Night is an annual event that is organised by the Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM) and seeks to recognize companies that have demonstrated energy reduction initiatives in their daily operations.

Speakers at this year’s gala night emphasized on the efficient use of energy in reducing the cost of production and improving the competitive edge of Kenyan goods in the regional and global market.

Speaking at the event Petroleum and Energy Cabinet Secretary, Davis Chirchir, noted that efficient usage of energy would make Kenya an investors’ destination. Chirchir reiterated the government’s commitment to generate additional 5000 megawatts and eventually cutting down the cost of energy from the current 20 US cents to 9 US cents per kilowattshour. Chirchir  also noted that though there had been significant rise in demand for energy usage in the country, there had been no parallel growth in generation hence the need to use what is available efficiently. “The Centre for Energy Efficiency Conservation (CEEC) at KAM is a product of the ministry created to spearhead efforts to save energy in the country. We want to optimise energy use in the country by auditing its usage and CEEC seeks to promote the resource’s efficient utilisation,” said Chirchir.

In her address, KAM CEO Betty Maina said that between 2004 and 2014, companies that participated in an energy audit exercise, initiated by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers saved about Sh10 billion. She however decried that the shortage of qualified energy audit managers might hold back efforts to promote efficiency energy in the country.

While speaking at the same event, Acting Energy Regulatory Commission Director General Fredrick Nyang’ noted that this year alone, companies that observe efficient energy usage had so far saved about Sh164 million.

Full List of Winners

1. Electricity Savings Award – Gathuthi Tea Factory

2. Service Sector Award – Sarova Whitesands

3. Green Building – Catholic University of East Africa

4. Green Architect Recognition – University of Nairobi Dept. Of Architecture and Building Science

5. Best Energy Management Team – Sarova White sands

6. Best New Entrant – Wire Products

7. Sustained High Perfomance – Bidco Oil Limited

8. EMA Silver Honours – Spin Knit Limited

9. EMA Golden Honours – KenAfric Limited

10. Overall Winner – Bidco Oil Limited

The Kenya Engineer editorial team wishes to congratulate not just the winners but all the nominees for a year of unwavering commitment to conserving energy and reducing their respective companies carbon foot print in an effort to keep Kenya green.

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