Wednesday, September 22, 2021

photos-KICDEnvironment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo today explicated the strategies that the Ministry was pursuing to support a paradigm shift from a linear to circular economy in an endeavour to sustainably manage waste and hence clean, safe and healthy environment.

PS Kiptoo said that Kenyans generate a huge amount of waste at a rate of about 5 kilograms,  translating to about 22,000 metric tons daily, adding that the most effective way was to deal with such volumes of waste was to segregate it at source into organic, plastics and paper for ease of collection for recycling and reuse. “A total of 60% of the total waste collected is organic and hence compost, 30% is plastics and paper that can be recycled for various purposes and that only about 5% of the waste will find its way into the landfills”, Dr. Kiptoo affirmed

The PS  was speaking in his office yesterday when he received a delegation from MITSUI & CO., Europe PLC, led by the Chief Representative of Middle East and Africa Katsuhiro (Kaz) Nakagawa who called on him to explore areas of further collaboration in circular/green economy projects and programs. The deliberations centered on plastics and organic waste management in Kenya.

Dr. Kiptoo acknowledged MUTSUI’s contribution towards the adaptation of circular economy that supports the recycling and re-use of plastics and papers, organic waste to as compost. In respect to environmental restoration, the PS lauded the initiative that encourages  agro forestry that resonates with the Ministry’s 2 billion tree growing campaign towards increasing the national forest cover by at least 10% by 2022. “The restoration strategies are geared towards the improvement of the environment and thus reduce the country’s vulnerability to the adverse impact of climate change and for posterity.

PS  Kiptoo briefed the team on the existence of favorable laws that provide sustainable environment for investment adding that the Sustainable Waste Managed Bill 2019 had been passed and that Policy in place to govern the same. “Similarly,   the development of various regulations and legal frameworks were on course to support the operationalization of the law”, the PS stated.

Dr. Kiptoo briefed the team on the new law that compels all producers to manage their wastes accordingly, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law that has been developed to hold producers liable for irresponsible disposal of waste.

The PS applauded MITSUI & Co. for expressing further interests to invest in green economy that seeks to among others support circular economy initiatives in the country. He specifically extoled the proposal to establish a PET Recycling JV factory to recycle agro-waste biomass resin into compostable material to produce resin that would be used to produce bio-degradable bags to provide the alternative since Kenya’s ban on single use plastics bags was effected  in 2017.

In respect to increasing forestry cover by at least 10% by 2022, Dr. Kiptoo acknowledged the support of MITSUI in agro-forestry especially at the coastal region where the Company supports farmers without capacity to develop their parcels of land to grow trees for environmental restoration as well as for commercial purposes and hence a source of income.

The MITSUI & CO., Chief Representative of Middle East and Africa Katsuhiro (Kaz) Nakagawa pledged their continued support to circular/ green economy in Kenya through the chemical business in circular economy and carbon neutrality.

Mr. Nakagawa, briefed the PS on some of the activities in Kenya that include the development of NEMA’s capacity to  provide testing machines from Japan and training to enable them conduct home tests for compostable material and to collaborate  with KEBs to control influx of fake and sub-standard products.

In respect to carbon solutions and carbon credit, Mr. Nakagawa, said that the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) was an emissions reduction scheme established by the Japanese government to encourage Japanese private sector to develop low carbon projects. The project will support host countries to reduce GHG and achieve sustainable development by diffusing prominent low technologies in the country, adding that MUTSUI was assessing the possibilities of off taking carbon credit.

Mr. Nakagawa committed the company to support plastic waste management and home compost material production, adding that MUTSUI was assessing the possibility of investing into projects off take carbon credit generated from the project through JCM. In addition the Company was also involved in agro forestry where they have so far established 7,000 forests in the coast region.

The meeting was also attended by among others MUTSUI General Manger Nairobi Branch, Akihiro Takamitsu, New Business Development Manager Kazumasa Miyamoto. Others were Mr. Erick Akotsi, Ag. Environment Secretary and Dr. Ayub Macharia, Director Education and Awareness.

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