British American Tobacco (BAT) Ltd Nairobi has emerged as the most energy efficient company after winning the coveted 2021 Energy Management Awards (EMA) during a ceremony held at Safari park hotel in Nairobi.
British American Tobacco (BAT) Thika were the runners up in the ceremony that saw 20 organizations that have proved their prowess in energy efficiency and conservation at the 17th Annual Energy Management Awards.
The awards seek to promote excellence in energy management by recognizing companies that have made significant cuts in their energy consumption without negatively affecting their output.
BAT also bagged five more awards during the ceremony with other winners in different categories including Kenya Breweries Limited, Dedan Kimathi University, and Kenyatta National Hospital
Ministry of Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter lauded all the participants, and said that the improvement of energy infrastructure coupled with clean energy positioned Kenya as a choice destination for investment in manufacturing, CT and other sectors that required stable and quality electricity.
“We intend to maintain our policy on cost reflective tariffs’ and focus more on additional renewable sources and growing demand to keep the prices under control,” Keter said in a speech read on his behalf by Energy Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mr. Zachary Ayieko.
The awards are aimed at encouraging competitiveness in energy efficiency and conservation among manufacturers.
He further noted that the Treasury reversed the decision on charging of duty on imported solar capital equipment, adding that when the government gives to the private sector, it was expected that the benefit is transferred to the end user and not translated to profit by the investors.
“We should therefore expect to see the change in cost of energy for those dealing in the renewable energy space,” he insisted.
KAM CEO Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga stated that the manufacturing sector consumed about 60 per cent of electricity in the country positioning it as an energy intensive and a key consumer.
“The need for a stable energy supply has been discussed and milestones have been made,” Wakiaga asserted.
While receiving the price, British American Tobacco Company Nairobi’S Emmanuel Chesire noted that consistency has been their motto as a company, adding that they choose to make the right policies that preserved energy while doing the right thing even when no one was watching.
Energy efficiency is one of the initiatives that KAM has put in place to drive Kenya’s green economy.
It is estimated that firms that have participated in the Energy Management Awards have a combined energy savings worth Sh13.7 billion over the last 18 years.