Monday, May 13, 2013

Govt promotes renewable energy

By Taddeo Bwambale and Joseph Semutooke

Govt promotes renewable energy
The Government has pledged to support companies that adopt clean production technologies, ensuring prudent use of natural resources and reduction in pollution.

Amelia Kyambadde, the minister of trade, industry and cooperatives, made the pledge at the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) awards ceremony held at Hotel Africana.

“Over 80% of Uganda’s economy is based on SMEs. My ministry will work with companies to promote the use of cleaner energy because environment is crucial to market access,” she said.

The awards, organised by the Uganda Cleaner Production Centre, are a joint project of by the Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The awards cover five categories, namely: energy efficiency, waste water management, water use reduction and materials efficiency and the corporate social responsibility.

Kakira Sugar won the top award for corporate social responsibility and another for energy efficiency.

Other winners were Sadolin Paints (materials efficiency award), Crown Beverages (water use management award), and Leather Industries of Uganda (waste water management award).

Several companies that were awarded certificates for their efforts to adopt clean energy include Paramount Dairies, Lake View Hotel, Igara Brewers Tea Factory, Sunset Hotel International, and GBK Dairy Products.

Kyambadde assured the companies of better returns for using cleaner energy sources, noting that addressing water pollution and emissions had a direct link to their production patterns.

She noted that addressing environmental challenges did not only require policy interventions, but also a mindset shift and appealed to the companies to share their knowledge with other firms, and raise awareness for communities to take steps to protect the environment.

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