by Ronald Njoroge
NAIROBI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan manufacturers vowed Wednesday to embrace energy-efficiency technologies in order to combat climate change.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) CEO Phyllis Wakiaga told an energy forum in Nairobi that the industrial sector, as a major consumer of energy in the country, can help Kenya reduce its carbon emissions.
"Manufacturers will therefore prioritize use of energy efficient technologies by undertaking energy audits for their firms so as to help reduce their carbon footprints," Wakiaga said at the Kenya Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exhibition and Conference 2017.
The three-day event brought together stakeholders from the government, renewable energy developers, energy efficiency service providers, developing partners and financiers, with the aim of promoting renewable energy development, energy efficiency and resource efficiency in the industrial sector.
KAM will work with donor partners to help the industrial players develop green energy and energy efficiency projects, said Wakiaga.
KAM is partnering with the French Development Agency (AFD) to implement the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance Programme (SUNREF) in Kenya with gradual inclusion of Uganda and Tanzania into the program.
Wakiaga said that the program aims at providing tailor-made financing options to companies and project developers that wish to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge said the Kenyan government is keen on supporting industry in its efforts towards energy efficiency and conservation.
"We need to embrace energy efficiency as a nation in order to save on energy costs. To this effect, the government has channeled 3.6 million U.S. dollars towards energy conservation and efficiency," Njoroge said.