Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kenya Go-Green Expo 2011

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is hosting an exhibition dubbed: Go Green Expo 2011 from 29th-31st March 2011 at, Kenyatta International Conference Center - Court Yard.

Green Economy has been described by UNEP as economic growth that reduces carbon emissions and pollution, while enhancing energy and resource efficiency. The Exhibition will provide an opportunity to showcase green initiatives by diverse stakeholders contributing to green economy in Kenya.

The Go Green Expo aims at show casing companies from all sectors, multi-nationals, NGO’s, private sector, public sector, individuals, schools, universities, hospitals, among others whose initiatives are contributing to a green economy. Initiatives that contribute to a green economy contribute low carbon emissions. High carbon emissions contribute to climate change Past economic growth strategies focused on rapid accumulation of physical, financial and human capital at the expense of excessive depletion and degradation of natural capital which includes natural resources and ecosystem goods and services.

Economic growth in recent decades has been achieved through drawing down natural resources leading to widespread ecosystem degradation and loss without allowing adequate time for stock of natural capital to regenerate. The transition to green economy is a key intervention in safeguarding global economies from the effects of climate change. The Go Green expo:

1. will offer exhibitors an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of a green economy as being a one time cost and once invested in systems and equipments it contributes to national good by ensuring that raw materials are efficiently used and wasteful production is avoided.
2. will offer exhibitors a chance to show case green products and services that they manufacture and provide
3. Will provide an opportunity for the public to be educated on a green economy and how they can tap into existing international funding for example through carbon trading
4. Will demonstrate how stakeholders whohave embraced a green economy have beneffited in international markets. Goods that have been produced in an environmental friendly manner are advantaged as they stand a greater chance to be purchased in global markets.

Plan to Attend.

Source: NEMA Website

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Given a Go - Ahead

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The Lk. Turkana Wind Power Project which was to start installation last year has finally been given the green light. This had followed months of delay from the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Energy in handing out a Letter of Support. The Letter of Support provides two components ie

1. An assurance from the firm's lenders that the Government will step in and help in case KPLC (Kenya Power & Lighting Company) will
be unable to buy the power generated.
2.IPPs (Independent Power Producers) will obtain liquidity support through the IDAPRG (International Development Association Partial Risks
Guarantees) while the termination and political risks will be covered by MIA (Multilateral Insurance Agency)

Mr.Wageningen, the company's chairman said that they have raised Sh.20Billion, 30% of the estimated project cost and saying that lenders have shown positive attitude towards the project.

The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project will involve the installation of 365 Vestas Wind Turbines each with a max output of 865kW and a combined output of 300MW. Work will start in October 2011. First 50MW will be ready in September 2013.And by the close of 2014, the project will be producing 300MW into the National Grid.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Earth Hour - During the Hour

During this year's Earth Hour event, there was worldwide response to honour the hours. Many people switched off their lights as soon as the clock reached 08:30pm. This years theme was to go beyond the hour.

During the darkness which was reduced by pockets of candle light here and there, people sat in silence to remember the Japan Quake Victims and those injured during this horrific incident.

Facts About Earth Hour
Hour is about turning off the lights for one hour.
Earth Hour, was first started in Australia (2007) as a way to bring community together to acknowledge the importance of reducing consumption of earths natural resources.  Turning off the lights for an hour helps us see the impact we have on the environment..

Just one year after the first "Earth Hour" in Sydney Australia it became a viral phenonemon.  Now spreading globally with a movement reaching more than 50 million people that participate in more than 35 countries.

Sidney set a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 5%.

In the USA it is estimated that 80 million people joined the Earth Hour movement in 2009, which had grown to  nearly 1 billion globally.

Recent estimates show 1 billion supporters in 4,100 cities from 87 countries located on seven different joined in turning off their lights for earth hour..

Earth Hour hopes to encourage consumers, businesses, and governments to be thoughtful in action plans to caryy out practical ways to reduce emmissions. 

Earth Hour 2011
This Saturday, Earth Hour swept around the globe as people switched off their lights for Earth Hour.With a record-breaking 134 countries participating, the global community showed it is united in commitment to a sustainable future.Now, let's take the next step and commit to ongoing action for the planet.

To see pictures of 40 Cities before and after Earth Hour Click Here

Here is me during the Earth Hour.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Earth Hour - Go Beyond The Hour

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.
With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country.



Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.

3phase Blog Supports Earth Hour