Bidco Wins 2014 En­ergy Award

Diplomat East Africa - - Economy -

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

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