(Photo by Stas Ovsky on Unsplash)
On Thursday 12th July, the National Green Growth Conference and Exhibition was opened at the Kenyatta International conference Centre in downtown Nairobi. Along with the event conveners, MESPT and Danida, Quercus Group was proud to be an organising partner of this widely successful event!
Over the two days, a myriad of key actors in the Kenyan sustainability agenda were present and engaged in discussing key sectorial opportunities in Kenya’s green growth strategy.
Quercus Group actively works to promote and facilitate partnerships between civil society, the private sector, local communities, governments and local councils to facilitate impactful and effective solutions to difficult urban challenges.
The opening of the conference was refreshingly different as MESPT (the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust) showcased their work with schools around the greater Nairobi area. The song, dance and musical performances from the students brought into reality the necessity to include sustainability in education in the younger generation – something that Kenya is taking very seriously and has implemented into their climate change strategies.
The following panel debates brought in the perspective of the private sector, with Joseph Ogutu from Safaricom having a standout presence. Safaricom, the largest company in East Africa and one of the world’s largest telecommunications provider, discussed their take on empowering impoverished communities and providing them with a simple, but formal payment method, M-PESA.
Quercus Group founder and CEO, Nicolai Rottbøll, was a member of the panel discussion on Friday 13th, discussing key opportunities to green the manufacturing sector. He was joined by representatives from the Kenyan Association of Manufacturing (KAM), the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), COREC, Netfund and Strauss Energy. The panel discussed various new, innovative solutions present today in the manufacturing sector in Kenya, and how these solutions can transform it from a ‘cradle-to-grave’ to ‘cradle-to-cradle’ industry.
During these discussions, Nicolai also outlined some of the reasons why green growth can be so beneficial to manufacturers:
Saving energy or resources such as water can also save you money.
The demand for more sustainable products is increasing, and following these practices can make you more attractive to export markets.
Profit driven companies that don’t plan for the future may not be here in 5 years.
Regulation is increasingly pushing for more sustainable methods of production. Especially in Kenya, the manufacturing industry needs to keep up.
Our health, prosperity and quality of life are increasingly important when we look at a triple-bottom-line approach to business and growth.
All of us here at Quercus Group would like to thank MESPT and Danida for the collaboration and for making this a truly great event! We look forward to working together in the future.