Boosting the underway projects spearheaded by NEMA to promote environmental awareness, education, compliance.
(Mombassa) — NSE listed Bamburi Cement Limited hosted a Stakeholder Open Day at their Mombasa Plant Operations.
The company also celebrated the commissioning of its Kshs 540 Million investment in the newly installed bag filter technology, which is a key milestone in the Company’s compliance to Global Environmental Standards and in line with its Lafarge Sustainability Ambition goals.
The event was presided over by Dr. Ayub Macharia, Director, Environmental Education, Information & Public Participation, among other dignitaries and representatives from the Government, NEMA, and the private sector, and led by Bamburi Cement’s senior Executive Team.
Coastweek — Dr. Ayub Macharia, Director Environment Information and Public Participation shares a moment with Mr. Xavier DeCharentenay, Bamburi Cements Industrial Director.
While commissioning the new technology, the Director, Dr. Ayub Macharia applauded the investment saying it was a show of great commitment by the company to protect the environment where they operate for the sake of local stakeholders and communities and in conformity to NEMA and international guidelines.
Calling for the adoption of more environmental initiatives across sectors countrywide, Dr. Macharia stated, “the National Environment Management Authority will continue to enhance the enforcement of various environmental regulations to ensure compliance to set standards and procedures aimed at improving the quality of the environment.”
“We laud the management of Bamburi Cement for taking the lead in this important area and believe that the investment in this new technology will go a long way in ensuring compliance to global environmental standards.”
He also stated that this will also boost the already underway projects spearheaded by NEMA to promote environmental awareness, education and compliance.
One of the key initiatives is the tyre waste management that is vital in eliminating open tyre burning that causes air pollution.
Dr. Macharia highlighted that Bamburi Cement kiln is the only NEMA approved facility dedicated to waste tyre burning in Kenya . This ensures proper management and disposal of waste tyres, ensuring public health and safety of citizens.
Dr. Macharia called upon other manufacturing companies to follow suit in ensuring that their plants were environmentally compliant.
“I wish to urge other industries to heed to the call and urgency of a Green Economy and take proactive measures towards making tangible positive changes in our society.
“It is commendable that Bamburi Cement has once again re-affirmed its stewardship in the application of sound best practice in Sustainable Development.”
He highlighted the Company’s environmental conservancy initiatives of world renowned Haller Park, the world class nature and environmental park developed from rehabilitated quarries, citing the immense benefits the country and the region has enjoyed because of the Company’s efforts to maintain land for biodiversity and wildlife conservation.
Dr. Macharia also stated that Bamburi Cement was integral in the achievement of Kyoto protocol objectives through the environmental initiatives they have already invested in:
“Companies like Bamburi Cement have invested in Environmental Sustainability Programs that will be important in achieving the already stated goals for the Kyoto protocol of mitigating the negative climatic changes that are being experienced across the world.”
Echoing these sentiments Mr Peter Gibendi, the Mombasa Plant Manager, confirmed that Health, Safety and Environment are the Company’s highest priority.
He reiterated the Company’s steadfast commitment to environmental conservation and as members of the UN Global Compact; the Company would continue to endeavour to advance our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda while upholding compliance to local and international standards.
”In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will continue to commit ourselves, and as part of the Lafarge Group’s Sustainability Ambitions 2020; to have responsible and environmentally-friendly operations as we ensure the health and safety of our employees and the communities around here.
”We are fully committed to building a sustainable business that is environmentally friendly and are ready to work alongside the communities, organizations and the government to achieve our purpose.”
He further indicated that the Company invested significant resources to conduct environmental impact assessments so as to ensure that the Plant operations met all the required environmental standards for its manufacturing processes and operations.
This significant investment of Kshs 540 Million into converting the Electrostatic Precipitator with the more efficient bag filter technology, apart from the benefit of improved efficiencies from the Plant, also goes a long way in compliance to Global environmental standards.
Among the many environmental sustainability initiatives the company is currently running, Bamburi Cement has also established an Industrial Ecology department whose main responsibility is the development, management and seeking out alternative energy sources for the company to reduce dependency on electricity and heavy fuel oils.
At the same time, the Company is also committed to providing an unparalleled offering to the market through product innovation and stellar customer service augmented by a dedicated investment in brand building.
The event was commemorated by a Tree Planting ceremony within the Plant premises and unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
ABOUT BAMBURI CEMENT LIMITED: Lafarge Bamburi Group is the leading cement producing and marketing Group in the Eastern Africa region. Its subsidiaries include Hima Cement Ltd ( Uganda ), Bamburi Special Products Ltd and Lafarge Ecosystems Ltd. Bamburi Cement is a subsidiary of Lafarge.
Located in 64 countries with 68,000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3 billion euros.
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