Iberafrica Power Limited and Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited were on Wednesday recognized by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) for their efforts in minimizing energy consumption and usage in their respective operations.
The two firms were each awarded an Energy Management Certificate by EPRA for having successfully implemented measures that reduced the two firms’ energy consumption and costs of production in line with the Energy Management Regulations of 2012.
The Energy Management Regulations of 2012 grant EPRA the authority to conduct audits on water and power consumption at large industrial organizations annually. Once the audits are completed, companies are expected to implement the audit recommendations and save at least fifty per cent (50%) of the recommended energy savings. The regulations also require the audited companies to formulate an energy policy and communicate it to their employees while keeping records of energy consumption at the companies. The regulations similarly dictate the companies to appoint an Energy Manager to enforce all recommendations stipulated in the audit findings. If a company adheres to these regulations they are then awarded compliance certificates by EPRA.
While presiding over the award ceremony, EPRA Director General Mr. Robert Pavel Oimeke, urged all industries and manufacturers to emulate the two firms by ensuring they consume energy efficiently.
“Our individual efforts in saving energy will cumulatively go a long way into boosting our economy. Improved efficiency in production leads to reduced costs of production hence reduced cost of commodities,” said Mr. Oimeke.
“EPRA remains supportive to the energy sector, ensuring the creation of a conducive environment where all stakeholders will play their rightful role in improving people’s lives through efficient and affordable sources of energy,” he concluded.
Other companies that have been issued with certificates under the Energy Management Regulations 2012 include BAT, Mombasa Cement, Saj Ceramics, Kapa Oil refineries and Kisima flowers.