Friday, July 30, 2021
PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Bio Food limited Managing Director Eelco Weber when presided over the launch of sustainability report for Bio Food Products limited.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and Bio Food limited Managing Director Eelco Weber when presided over the launch of sustainability report for Bio Food Products limited.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has challenged manufacturers to embrace sustainable waste management and circular economy as part of their contribution to clean and healthy environment.

 The PS  has said companies that aspire to engage in international trade must invest in innovation as well as mitigation of their social and environmental risks, at the expense of focusing on profits.

 “Sustainability is creation of value for diverse stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, communities, government and the future generation,” he said.

 Dr. Kiptoo was speaking in Nairobi when presided over the launch of sustainability report for Bio Food Products limited.

Kiptoo lauded the company saying the launch of the report comes at a time when the world is experiencing the triple interconnected global environmental emergencies ie climate change; biodiversity loss; pollution and waste which need to be addressed immediately.

 Kiptoo said the linear model of production has dominated industrial systems for long and resulted in increased environmental degradation and production of waste.

 “Circular economy provides an opportunity to reverse this trend through reduction, re-use and recycling.   Enabling a circular economy and environmentally sustainable use through   extended producer responsibility, life-cycle assessment, reuse and recycling is a very fundamental shift towards sustainable development,” he said.

Kiptoo said Kenya’s Updated Nationally Determined Contribution and Climate Change Action Plan, mainstream Circular economy as an important tool in the fight against Climate Change and in the attainment of the SDGs.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo plants a tree after the launch of Bio Foods sustainability report the PS challenged manufacturers to embrace sustainable waste management and circular economy as part of their contribution to clean and healthy environment.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo plants a tree after the launch of Bio Foods sustainability report the PS challenged manufacturers to embrace sustainable waste management and circular economy as part of their contribution to clean and healthy environment.

He said the priority areas include deployment of renewable energy; energy and water efficiency; promotion of industrial symbiosis; pollution control and sustainable waste management.

  He further said  Kenya is developing its Long-term Greenhouse Gas Emission Strategy (2050) which will enhance the scope of circular economy interventions in all sectors aimed at carbon neutrality.

Kiptoo said Kenya has also made significant achievements in promoting environmental sustainability, including banning of single use polythene bags and single use plastics in protected conservation areas, development of a Sustainable Waste Management Policy and legislation and regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility, among others.

 According to the report, in the last four years, Bio Foods Limited has implemented several sustainability interventions such as light weighted PET bottle by 30percent; enhanced use of solar energy by 11 percent placing plastic bins in key retail outlets; recycling of 90 percent factory waste; being active members of PETCO; decreasing carbon footprint and embracing carbon offset.

 Kenya Association of Manufacturers Chairman Muchai Kunyiha said , the association has been engaging the government with a view of coming up with regulations to help the industries implement sustainable projects.

 Bio Food limited Managing Director Eelco Weber said the company has signed up to the UN Carbon Neutral Now Initiative and have offset 100% of  carbon footprint for the period of July 2019- June 2020.

 “We want to demonstrate our commitment to being carbon neutral. We will continually seek to improve our operations but we will always require a certain amount of fuel and electricity to run our business. Offsetting our carbon gives us comfort that we are taking responsibility and mitigating our business impact”, he said.

 Present during the event were Ministry of Environment and Forestry Director Enviromental Education and Awareness Dr. Ayub Macharia, PETCO County Manager Joyce Gachugi among others.

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