The Energy Regulatory Commission has issued Energy Management Compliance certificates to Kapa Oil Refineries and Kisima Farm, for complying with the Energy Management Regulations 2012.
Compliance certificates are issued to organizations that manage to achieve sustainable energy management through the implementation of efficient energy management practices that result in energy savings and cost reduction.
Currently, only two other organizations, B.A.T Kenya and Mombasa Cement Limited have managed to be awarded compliance certificates by ERC since 2015 when the programme started.
Kapa Oil Refineries, one of the household names that offer premium quality consumer goods in Kenya and the larger African continent, is keen on ensuring adherence to the set quality standards both locally and internationally. The company has over the years managed to uphold high quality products and food safety practices in its processes. It has also complied with the international quality management systems, ISO 9001:2008 and HACCP Standards requirements as well as specifications by the Kenya Bureau of Standards. With quality as one of its pillars, Kapa has been recognized for its efforts in being energy conscious in its operations.
It is the first company in the manufacturing sector to be recognized by ERC in that respect. Kapa has managed to save Kshs. 300-400 million a year by being energy efficient.
On the other hand, Kisima Farm, situated in Timau , Meru county, is one of the largest farms in the country. It is renowned for wheat, barley, floriculture and potato farming. In addition, Kisima Farm puts considerable effort in promoting the conservation of forest cover in the Mt. Kenya region. It also actively participates in community empowerment programmes in fields like education, water and health. The farm has taken great strides in energy management. In that regard, it is one of the pioneers in the use of solar panels to generate energy. Kisima has set the pace for other farms in the country as they work towards achieving high standards in energy management. It serves as a benchmark for energy compliance in horticulture.
Horticulture contributes an estimated 2% to the national GDP and the Kenyan industry has grown significantly over the last decade. The country is a key player in the global flower industry. Both organizations succeeded in being awarded the coveted certification by working closely with Eenovators – an energy management advisory firm.