TotalEnergies and JKUAT conduct Training on Sustainability

One of the student participants poses a question during one of the training sessions on Sustainability of Industrial Processes

To strengthen the Industry-Academia linkage, TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya PLC and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have jointly staged a four-day training program for 44 staff and students.

The training that started on Monday, October 23, 2023, was led by Prof. Henry Delafon from TotalEnergies Professeurs Associes (TPA), and encompasses a wide array of topics, including sustainable industrial processes, carbon pricing, environmental management in the oil and gas sector, and the role of carbon dioxide capture and storage in climate change mitigation.

Managing Director TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya PLC, Mr. Eric Fanchini said the purpose of the training is to promote relations between the world of energy and universities through technical, economical, scientific, legal or marketing presentations by expert professors from TPA.

From left: Training Manager, TotalEnergies Marketing Kenya PLC, Margaret Ndirangu, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director, Mr. Adele Tura Halake, Lead Trainer Prof. Henry Delafon, DVC (Admin & Finance), Prof. Bernard Ikua and Chairman, Physics, Dr. Anthony Kiroe before the opening of the training

“One of TotalEnergies sustainable approaches is the people pillar. The pillar is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 4, on Quality Education. We are thus committed to providing inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting learning opportunities,” said Mr. Fanchini in a speech read by the Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director, Mr. Adele Tura Halake.

Mr. Fanchini reiterated the company’s dedication to safety and the provision of affordable, cleaner, reliable, and less carbon-intensive energy solutions. He invited the university to join them in the journey towards Net Zero emissions by 2050.

On her part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, said the training fitted perfectly within JKUAT’s key objectives of exposing students to emerging trends in energy, climate change, material science, and control and instrumentation among others.

She expressed hope that the workshop would equip participants with vital knowledge, skills, and values to address global environmental and energy challenges, as well as advancing science and technology.

Across-section of the participants follow proceedings during training

“These efforts align with the institution’s commitment to realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and its role in producing skilled human capital for Kenya and beyond,” said Prof. Ngumi in a speech delivered by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Prof. Bernard Ikua.

Prof. Ngumi underlined the university’s mission to produce qualified, innovative, and motivated graduates who can actively contribute to the country’s development, the attainment of Kenya Vision 2030, and the realization of Sustainable Development Goals.

The Chairman, Physics Department and one of the organizers of the training, Dr. Anthony Kiroe, emphasized the timeliness of the program, given the current global focus on clean energy transition as a way of managing harmful impacts of climate change.

The Lead Trainer Prof. Delafon, is a former Senior Adviser and Deputy Senior Vice President of the New Business – Carbon Neutrality Division for TotalEnergies, and currently serves as an Associate Professor with the TotalEnergies Professeurs Associes faculty.

TotalEnergies and JKUAT conduct Training on sustainable industrial processes, carbon pricing, environmental management in the oil and gas sector, and the role of carbon dioxide capture and storage in climate change mitigation.

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