In Summary
  • Six companies based in the Lake Victoria Basin saved nearly Sh1 billion last year owing to adoption of cleaner production strategies, in a campaign meant to reduce pollution of the fresh-water lake.
  • According to the report, Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries is one of the biggest reformers in waste water management campaigns, having reduced its effluent by 70 per cent.

Six companies based in the Lake Victoria Basin saved nearly Sh1 billion last year owing to adoption of cleaner production strategies, in a campaign meant to reduce pollution of the fresh-water lake.

A report by the government-affiliated agency, Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre, says the companies are saving millions of shillings and releasing less waste to the environment.

According to the Industry Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production report, Sh9.6 billion is lost annually through inefficient use of resources (water, energy and material inputs).

The aim, according to the centre, is to ensure that participating firms in the basin reduce pollution by up to 35 per cent by 2015.

“The sugar industry that is currently threatened by the lapse of Comesa safeguards can reduce its production costs and make its products more competitive by embracing resource efficient production methods,” says the report.

KIBOS SUGAR A BIG REFORMER

According to the report, Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries is one of the biggest reformers in waste water management campaigns, having reduced its effluent by 70 per cent.

Therefore, people living downstream are enjoying cleaner water, says the report, adding that the firm is saving Sh7 million annually on that front. The firm is also reported to have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for climate change, by 16 per cent.

The report says Nzoia Sugar has saved Sh38.4 million through prudent solid waste treatment and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

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