Bidco Wins 2014 Energy Award
The prestigious award is organised by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and is held annually to recognise companies that have demonstrated e icient energy management initiatives in their daily operations. ROBIN OBINO explains
Bidco Refineries Ltd, East Africa’s fast moving consumer goods giant has won the annual Energy Management Awards(EMAs) held recently in Nairobi.
The prestigious award scheme is organised by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and, is held annually to recognise companies that have demonstrated efficient energy management initiatives in their daily operations. Bidco, which runs brands such as Elianto, Kimbo, Power Boy and many other household names, won four prizes and the most coveted of all, the Overall Energy Management Award. Bidco is a market leader in cooking oils and detergents.
Other awards won by the edible oil giant were in Fuel Saving Energy Category, Sustained High Performance Category and as runners-up for the EMA Golden Honours. Speaking after the awards function, the company’s director Mr Dipak Shah said the Bidco Soil-to-Pan Philosophy gets an impetus from such awards and recognitions as energy is the main driver of manufacturing.
“We have achieved our goal of being at every point of the value stream – from sourcing seeds from farmers directly to enabling big and small distributors, wholesalers and suppliers to benefit from our supply chain management as well as cashless transactions. These awards make us take pride in the fact that we have gone beyond the soil-to-pan philoso- phy as we harness energy from biomass and help in cutting down on energy consumption and depending on fossil fuel.”
The award scheme was launched In 2004 by one of KAM’s arm, the Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (CEEC) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy. Its main goal is to promote excellence in energy management. The award has become popular as an important bench mark and has recorded an increasing number of participants over the years.
According to audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, it is estimated that since its inception, 60MW of new capacity has been saved. This translates to a deferred investment of $150 million (approximately Shl4 billion). Indeed, the cost of saving 60MW new capacity is nowhere near the $150 million that would have been invested. Addressing participants during this year’s event Energy Secretary, Davis Chirchir said that efficient usage of energy will make Kenya an investor’s destination of choice.
High energy costs have made Kenya uncompetitive globally which has led to the exit of some investors. “We want to make Kenya a low-energy-cost country and attract new investment hence the need to use energy efficiently.” He noted that though there has been a significant rise in demand for energy usage in the country, there is no parallel growth in generation hence the need to use what is available efficiently.
The CS reiterated the government’s commitment in working towards cutting the cost of electricity by 40 per cent in 2015. KAM chief executive officer Ms Betty Maina praised the partnership KAM has enjoyed with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. She said it is through this partnership that CEEC has successfully mounted energy efficiency awareness programmes targeted at various sectors across the country. The activities at CEEC go beyond manufacturing and aim to reach each and every energy consumer in the country.
“Sixty companies participated this year and we would like to commend the tea, hotel and cement sectors for their increased numbers and challenge more companies from other sectors to participate in the coming years,” she said.
This year’s awards saw the introduction of new categories such as the EMA Golden Honours and EMA Silver Honours as well as Green Architect of the year. Past energy audits have demonstrated that there exists potential for energy savings of between 15 per cent and 30 per cent of the existing consumption. Each year, participants enter the competition by filling in an assessment tool that showcases energy conservation investments and methods undertaken in the previous year