Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been declared the top public institution in energy management in Kenya by the Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (CEEC) which is an arm of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KMA). The April 2016 Energy Management Award (EMA) was in recognition of the University’s effort to deploy innovative methods to reduce consumption and cut costs.
JKUAT was evaluated on a number of fronts including availability of energy policy, planning and implementation of various energy aspects as well as adoption of energy saving and conservation innovations.
The University’s Energy Manager, Anthony Gitahi attributed the win to JKUAT’s strategy to foster an energy conscious community through capacity and institution building; and policy orientation.
‘We have undertaken sensitization sessions to orient both staff and students to the new paradigm,’ said Gitahi. “JKUAT has also developed an evaluation matrix to monitor consumption of various energy aspects like electricity, diesel, firewood and Liquid Petroleum Gas.’
Besides an energy policy, the University has also instituted an advisory board to facilitate and guide implementation of various energy management programmes.
Through the Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET), JKUAT is also leveraging on renewable energy to further cut down reliance on conventional power.
IEET Director, Prof. Robert Kinyua said the Institute was partly using biogas generated from research activities. He added that JKUAT, in collaboration with Looop Inc, had finished installation of solar panels that will supply three kilowatts to power research laboratories at the University.
JKUAT was in 2014 awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification on Environmental Management Systems (EMS); becoming the first institution in East Africa to bag the award. The milestone was result of the University’s best practices in resource consumption, waste management and environmental enhancement.
EMA is a collaborative venture of KMA, Global Environmental Facility and the Government of Kenya. Founded in 2004, the initiative brings together energy sector stakeholders to celebrate best practices in energy management. The award targets all industrial, commercial and institutional enterprises.