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World Energy Day 2019 – Topics

By Carolyne Gathuru

Amplifying the Energy and Climate Change Conversation – Unveiling The World Energy Day 2019 Menu….

What better time than this to be championing the discourse around the Energy and Climate Change agenda. What with the world decrying the sorry state of energy affairs in the continent and the climate change effects that are slowly but surely creating a whole new world of undesired environmental impacts. This October, Africa congregates to crown the World Energy Day 2019 Celebrations with a conference. That seeks to address – ‘Energy Sustainability in Africa: Unlocking the Energy and Climate Change Equation’.

Acknowledging that an energy-climate change gap currently exists. Where energy management efficiency and climate change are handled as two separate areas of focus. There is need to synergize efforts for more sustainable impact. To harness the energies expended to tackle these matters towards a common goal. With this specific focus, the 2019 gathering of energy and climate change enthusiasts will thoroughly work through the conference theme and discuss both traditional and emerging issues.

Conference discussion topics

Lined up for discussion include discussion and presentation areas that touch on at least ten SDGs (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 15). With a view to creating synergies that plug into sustainable actions for implementation. The presentation list includes:

  • Leading Energy Change in the region. Designed to provide insights into the role of both public and private sector leadership to support the energy industry and champion energy change
  • The Government’s Role in realizing the Big 4 Agenda. From an energy perspective and how this dove tails into the major projects on Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Food Security and Manufacturing Infrastructure
  • An exposition on contextualizing global energy dynamics, and how Africa can tap into this for sustainability
  • Exploring the adoption of the energy regulations in counties to formulate energy implementation plans with case studies and projections for the more promising counties
  • An overview of the global, regional and local green building sector and the role of real estate industry players in driving energy and climate change best practice
  • Opportunities to synthesize the Energy and Water Efficiency Nexus, including monitoring, measurement and mitigation of waste
  • The corporate endeavour towards bridging the energy and climate change SDGs implementation gap
  • The gender mainstreaming agenda in the energy and climate change sector – roles and responsibility mapping
  • Energy efficiency and climate change impacts in the transport and logistics sector
  • Technological disruption – riding the digitization wave to harvest opportunities for water, energy and climate change efficiencies
  • Energy Financing – projects and case studies towards implementation of financial return on investment for energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy trends in the Industry – reviewing local and national and local renewable energy prospects and their impact
  • Energy and Climate Change Innovation – exploring tapping into Block chain, AI and Big Data
  • Energy and climate change capacity development in the region and what it takes to empower energy and climate change graduates to full professionals

Conclusion

With professional speakers hailing from the different continents to provide a global perspective. Both global energy leaders and climate change experts will provide perspectives for sustainable growth to propel Africa forward. Being part of this conversations for change will contribute towards shaping the future of Africa. Energy and climate change enthusiasts who want to stand up to be counted, need to plug into. Contribute towards these discussions that are more relevant now than ever before.

KENYA’S BIGGEST 2018 STUDENT ENERGY INNOVATION CHALLENGE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

On Friday, 20th July 2018, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, the WED Student Energy Innovation Challenge was officially launched at the JKUAT Main Campus, IPic Building, 2nd Floor, where the AEPEA board secretary, Andy Amadi, officiated the ceremony to open the challenge. The Student Innovation Challenge is one of the activities in the celebrations for World Energy Day that is globally observed on 22nd October every year. In Kenya, Eenovators are the pioneers of the World Energy Day (WED) celebrations which have been running for two years. This year, Eenovators sought the partnership of the Association of Energy Professionals in Eastern Africa (AEPEA) to organize a number of activities geared towards the WED celebrations, so as to maximize on the impact of the celebrations.

A section of the audience.

The launch began with an address from the CEO of Eenovators, Chris Mbori, who welcomed the audience to the launch and gave a brief history of Eenovators and World Energy Day. He narrated the story of how Eenovators began as an idea on an exercise book and through the support of mentors and the team at Eenovators, was able to grow it to where it is today. He reminisced of his days in university and the opportunities that had passed his fellow students by as a result of not participating. He asked the students not to do the same and to take advantage of the opportunity the WED Student Innovation Challenge offered.

The head of the registration and membership committee at AEPEA, Michael Kili, was also present to speak to the students about the efforts that the association is putting into inclusion of students into the energy arena. He spoke of the strides the association has made in creating energy awareness across the country. He urged the students not to be left out in the student challenge and to put their best foot forward as the association was ready to assist them to catapult their ideas to new levels. Pauline Mweu, the student representative at AEPEA, made a presentation on what AEPEA had to offer to the student fraternity. She gave a simple breakdown on how to join the association and what benefits the students stood to reap from the experience, including internships.

Guest speakers; Andy, Chris, Michael and Pauline.

Andy Amadi, hailed as the god father of energy in Kenya, gave a key note address where gave the students encouragement to be part of the challenge. He drew examples from his university days, narrating of projects that he undertook that catapulted his career in energy. He also gave examples of other entrepreneurs who through innovating while in university were able to begin multi-million dollar companies. One example he gave was of the Bidco founder, Vimal Shah, who had the idea to begin the manufacturing giant as he did his project proposal at the university. Andy challenged the students to think of solutions that would resolve Africa’s problems. He said that he was convinced that for instance, grass had the ability to be the next frontier of energy production in Africa due to its availability and its potential to be explored as an energy source.

Andy Amadi.

The MC of the day and Strategy Director at Eenovators, Carolyne Gathuru, was full of energy and engaged the audience with exciting energizers and enticing gifts that had everyone on edge. She also gave a presentation on the actual Student Energy Challenge, giving a breakdown on what it was, how it works and what the students stood to benefit. She reiterated that the biggest gain the winning students would have would be the elevation of their brands as energy enthusiasts and innovators. She urged the students to participate so as to reap the benefits. After the presentations, the guest speakers and a section of the audience were invited to officially kick-off the contest by cutting the cake. A vote of thanks was then given by the Eenovators’ Human Resource Manager, Eleen Korir and the event was officially closed.

More information about the Student Energy Innovation Challenge is available on the Eenovators website http://wed.eenovators.com/index.php/innovation-challenge/

For further press information contact;
Karen Thuranira
WED Coordinator
Eenovators Ltd
Email: karen@eenovators.com Telephone: +254 (0) 791839959/0735085968

Three Reasons Why You MUST be Part of the World Energy Day Celebrations 2018!

By Carolyne Gathuru

Energy Runs the World – True or False?

If you answered True – you are correct. Without Energy in whatever form or shape then the world wouldn’t work; not by day, nor by night!
If you answered False – you are still correct. Energy doesn’t run the world – it propels it, moves it, controls it, and governs the way the world works!

So now that it is clear that without energy the world is defunct, it is of critical importance that the three reasons why it is important to participate in the World Energy Day Celebrations 2018 are unpacked.
The World Energy Day (WED) is observed annually on October 22nd to raise awareness of global energy-related issues and celebrated internationally to raise awareness of the need to rally around the creation and implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and conserve natural resources. This year in Kenya, WED Celebrations will run from Monday 22nd October to Sunday 27th October 2018.

So here are the 3 important reasons unveiled………….

1. Stand Up To Be Counted – And Win The WED Trophy!

Every single organization and the team members therein, need to stand up and be counted towards making a difference in this world though energy conservation. The greatest legacy one can live and leave, is to leave the world a better place than one found it, for the coming generations. WED provides the opportunity to practically demonstrate social responsibility. To participate as an organization involves creating a plan with ideas of how to conserve energy both at work and at home. These ideas may then be implemented during World Energy Day Celebrations period. There is no limit to what could be done and some ideas may include:

  • Sending out energy conservation messages to different stakeholders
  • Posting energy conservation messages on different digital platforms
  • Wishing customers and staff a Happy World Energy Day week
  • Putting up Happy World Energy Day messages in the office
  • Educating customers and staff on energy saving and environmental protection matters
  • Undertaking charitable CSR activities in the community
  • Brainstorming on how to conserve energy in the organization

Get creative about how to raise awareness of energy conservation. The more creative the better! WED activities will be recognized and published by AEPEA and Eenovators that are coordinating the local celebrations. Register your organization here and the organization with the most engaging and impactful activities reported will walk away with the WED Trophy 2018!

 2. Stand Up To Be Counted – Register For The WED Conference 2018!

The 2018 WED celebrations will culminate in a 2 day Energy Conference on 26th -27th October 2018 themed “The Future of Energy in Africa – The Sustainability Agenda”. Leaders in the energy sector around Africa, both in the public and private sector, as well as energy enthusiasts across different industries, will gather to discuss the energy agenda. Key note speakers from Africa currently leading energy innovation, entrepreneurship, capacity building, regulation, and green energy initiatives will share their experiences. This conference promises to revolutionize the way energy matters are handled in the region and will cover Energy policy, Energy financing, Bridging the Energy Gender divide, Energy Innovation, Sustaining Energy Projects, Energy Monitoring and Taking Charge of Energy Change. Register to attend the conference here and do not be left behind as ground breaking resolutions for energy change are crafted at WED Conference 2018!

3. Stand Up To Be Counted – Engage With The #Energychallenge2018!

Contrary to popular belief – the youth are plugged in toward energy innovation and are actively participating in energy conservation matters. The Student Energy Innovation Challenge is on, and participants are in high gear towards the development of innovative energy conservation concepts to provide sustainable solutions. The challenge brings together young people from the region, currently in various institutions including universities and technical institutions, as they submit their innovative energy solutions. Viable ideas that make it to the shortlist will be exhibited during the WED Conference 2018. Their energy projects will be showcased either as models, computer simulations or actual designs and will be scrutinized by an eminent panel of judges with business acumen, innovation prowess and energy expertise. The top three projects will walk away with prizes that include internships, incubation, and commercialization of ideas, shopping vouchers, holiday experiences and cash prizes. Support young people here as they immerse themselves in energy sustainability by cheering them on, providing in kind support, opportunities for training, mentoring and business coaching, as well as financial resources towards the WED Student Challenge Success!

Participating in the WED Celebrations 2018 will set apart those who give lip service to giving back to society from those who will stand up to take the bold step to demonstrate true value. The world is waiting for us to localizing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) towards collaboration to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Delivering on this objective is not rocket science. All it takes is for you and me to stand up and be counted as a WED Champion today!

Send your registration request to info@eenovators.com

Eenovators Pioneers the World Energy Day 2016 Celebrations in Kenya

Eenovators Pioneers the World Energy Day 2016 Celebrations in Kenya

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World Energy Day is celebrated around the world on 22nd October and it was first proclaimed on July 22nd 2012, at the World Energy Forum. This year, Eenovators pioneered the celebrations in Kenya to raise awareness of the importance of energy in growing the economy, and the need to explore energy conservation and efficiency measures.

Being a leader in providing innovative energy solutions, Eenovators prioritized need to bring different stakeholders together to begin having the conversation on energy as a demonstration of their commitment to energy management and environmental conservation.

The World Energy Day was celebrated in Kenya with different organizations registering with Eenovators and pledging to conduct energy saving initiatives within their organizations, during the entire week preceding the World Energy Day starting from 17th of October and climaxing on 22nd October.

The organizations that registered to participate were drawn from different sectors including public and private universities, organizations from the agricultural sector, private corporations, energy firms and the public sector. Organizations that participated were looking to recognize and appreciate initiatives already in place to conserve energy, while raising awareness internally and externally on the importance of clean energy initiatives.

A World Energy Day Talk was held on 19th of October 2016, where two experienced experts in the energy sector gave key note addresses at the event held at Strathmore Business School. Dr. Justus Simiyu, a senior lecturer in Physics at the University of Nairobi,spoke about global trends emerging markets and technological advancements in renewable energy.

The topic shed light into the importance of renewable energy in the world today, the strides Kenya has taken in exploring the use of renewable energy sources as well as the opportunities available in renewable energy. Dr. Simiyu, an avid sun farmer, is an expert in solar photovoltaic sizing, installation and maintenance.

dr-simiyu

Federico Moccia, the managing director of IcoPower, expatiated in great detail, the role played by power quality and voltage optimization in energy management.

The audience, drawn from both technical  and non-technical fields, was stimulated by the discussion, especially  the examples raised by the speaker that showed significant energy savings made by different institutions that had carried out voltage optimization, power factor correction and load balancing.

The talk brought together different players in the energy sector including government institutions, university students, senior lecturers from top higher learning institutions, entrepreneurs in the energy sector and players from the manufacturing industry.

The participants gained immense knowledge in renewable energy and power quality and maximized the opportunity to share their ideas with like-minded individuals who have a heart for energy.federico-moccia

To inspire innovation in the younger generation of energy enthusiasts, Eenovators launched a student competition that required students to come up with ingenious energy conservation concepts which they would post on Twitter using the hash tag #WorldEnergyDayKe.

The ultimate winner was required to have the most innovative concept, the most creative presentation of the concept and have the most retweets on social media and would walk away with an internship position at Eenovators as well as a voucher for a weekend getaway.

The competition which ran throughout the WED celebrations week generated online buzz on Twitter as students put their best feet forward in their submission of ideas. After a challenging battle Melvis Wachira walked away with the prize after submitting a brilliant concept on Coating the solar cells in solar panels with ceramics and using the renewable energy in data centres.

This concept impressed the panel of judges who were looking for innovation, ingenuity and originality. Melvis, a student at Dedan Kimathi University, Nyeri, was announced as the winner on 31st October and came to receive the prize at the Eenovators Limited. With the winning prize of the student competition going to a lady, this  was a testament that Engineering excellence is not a man’s club only.

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At the crescendo of the World Energy Day celebrations was a webinar on 21st October 2016 hosted by Eenovators’ partner – Cotopaxi, worldwide energy management consultants with headquarters in the UK. The speaker, Stuart Hartley, an experienced energy business manager and a director at Cotopaxi, discussed the topic: How to Control Energy Costs Using Monitoring and Targeting.

The webinar attended by an audience drawn from across different industry saw participants engage in a healthy discussion on using technology in energy management, the best tools for monitoring energy usage and how important monitoring is to energy cost control.

The World Energy Day celebrations peaked in very high gear on 22nd of October 2016 with an animated all day Twitter conversation from 9am – 4pm that had participants contribute what energy meant to them as well as share energy conservation tips and quotes.

Using the hashtag #WorldEnergyDayKE, participants engaged in enriching conversations on energy with rousing discussions on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the individual and collective role of each citizen towards the sustainability of energy consumption.

The WED celebrations weremarked in Kenya for the very first time this year- a great stride towards making the energy conversation a staple within our country. These celebrations have succeeded in creating buzz and awareness of the need for energy innovation, conservation and efficiency, while bringing together different players to have crucial discussions on energy.

This is just the beginning. Eenovators plans to make next year’s celebrations bigger, and better while engaging even more stakeholders, both local and global.