Save our Ocean, Protect our Future

CS Environment & Forestry Keriako Tobiko (L ) with NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo, EBS at the Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

NEMA Director-General, Mamo B Mamo represented Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo at a side event during the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The event themed “Depolluting Oceans through Controlling Trade in Plastic wastes and combating illegal traffic under the Basel Convention was aimed at having discourse on how countries are implementing the Basel Convention guidelines on trade and trans- boundary procedures in their policies and strategies. The DG mentioned that like other countries, Kenya experiences heavy traffic regarding vessels and goods being transported, some of which are made of plastics or packaged using plastic. He said the huge manufacturing and import of plastics means that oceans are very prone to pollution due to dumping on
the high seas.
In order to combat the illegal trade in plastic wastes, the DG mentioned that the Government is enhancing coordinated implementation and enforcement of the multi- environmental agreements that are relevant
to monitoring and controlling of transboundary
movements of hazardous chemical wastes including
their sound management.
“We welcome the decisions adopted during COP15 of Basel that seek to ensure that trans-border shipments of all types of waste, whether hazardous or not, will be subject to prior notification and consent rules”, concluded Mr. Mamo.

NEMA Bags Continental Environmental Awards

NEMA Director-General, Mamo B. Mamo, EBS (2nd R) receive a trophy from H.E the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (R) during the ceremony in Accra Ghana. They are flanked by other participants


The NEMA Director-General, Mamo B. Mamo, EBS was awarded the prestigious Africa Public Sector CEO of the Year Award in Accra, Ghana at the 3rd Africa Public Sector Conference held on 13th May 2022. The ceremony was graced by H.E the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The award was to reward and promote Excellence in Public Sector in Africa. Mamo also received an award for the Africa top 50 Public Sector leader. NEMA Kenya received the prestigious award of Africa Environmental Regulator of the year 2022. High Commissioner of Kenya to the Republic of Ghana H.E Amb. Eliphas Barine was in attendance among other dignitaries. While appearing on the National Television Station in Ghana, GTV Breakfast Show, Mr. Mamo revealed that the citizens and government officials had addressed issues about the ban on plastic bags decades before it was implemented. He added that the discussion on the ban on plastic took a decade for all stakeholders to participate in the process especially the manufacturers of the plastics as well as political leaders. The Authority had to educate the public on the dangers of using plastics. “My hearty congratulations to you, Mamo B Mamo, EBS for being awarded the Environmental Regulator of the year 2022. This is indeed a great inspiration to the public Sector in Kenya, “ CS Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko stated. NEMA Director-General, Mamo B. Mamo, EBS (2nd R) receive a trophy from H.E the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (R) during the ceremony in Accra Ghana. They are flanked by other participants.


By Evans Nyabuto
NEMA DG Mamo B Mamo, EBS in a panel session at
Kempinski hotel, Accra, Ghana during the ceremony

Waste to Energy Project in Kakamega

By John Maniafu, CDE Kakamega, James Ambani, and Warren Girisi Waswa

Kakamega County has emerged as the first in the Country to launch an energy power plant as a way of managing the waste generated. The County is moving toward this energy power plant to recover its waste and develop more energy sources. The project was launched by His Excellency Hon. Dr. FCPA Wycliffe Ambetse Oparanya, Governor Kakamega County on 1st March 2022.
The project will be set at Mung’ang’a grounds in
Mumias East Sub County. It is to be established in partnership with the private sector and will be entitled VRH Kakamega Limited Waste to Energy Plant. The investor is VR Holding AB from Finland. The lease agreement will be a period of 30 years and will be renewed based on the performance and relevance of the technology used. The primary objective of the project is to manage waste in the County. This is to be done in an environmentally friendly manner. Energy will be produced by using solid waste as a resource by operating an affordable system and sustainable technology that is easy to maintain. All these are in line with the applicable laws and regulations and global standards. The estimated cost is 9 billion shillings from start to completion. The county has given out 15 acres of land for setting up the project. The land is at Mung’ang’a in Mumias East Sub County.
The waste will be collected from Commercial
establishments in Municipalities, urban and rural
centers; Institutions including schools, polytechnics,
hospitals, colleges/Universities, and prisons; Bagasse
from jaggeries and sugar industries and from
Homesteads – residential estates and rural homes. Waste from the Lake region Counties is expected to be moved to the plant for energy conversion. Waste to Energy Conversion model The model has a capacity of converting 400 tons of waste into energy per day. In the first phase, the project
will generate 10MW of Energy for start which will
increase gradually as the company engages neighboring
Counties to supply more waste. The combustible
materials in waste will be burned when they reach the
necessary ignition temperature and come into contact
with oxygen, undergoing an oxidation reaction. The
reaction temperature is between 850 and 1450ºC, and
the combustion process occurs in the gas and
solid phase, simultaneously releasing heat energy. A
minimum calorific value of the waste is required to
enable a thermal chain reaction and self-supporting
combustion (auto thermic combustion). Therefore
there is no need for the addition of other fuels. During
incineration, exhaust gases are created which, after
cleaning, exit into the atmosphere via a pipe or channel
called a flue. These fuel gases contain the majority
of the available fuel energy as heat. Excess heat from
combustion can be used to make steam for electricity
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the decomposition of organic matter through microorganisms in
the absence of free oxygen. AD occurs naturally
under oxygen-deprived conditions such as some
lake sediments and can be used under controlled
conditions to produce biogas. For that purpose a gas-
tight reactor, a so-called anaerobic digester, is used to
provide favorable conditions for microorganisms to
turn organic matter, the input feedstock, into biogas
and a solid-liquid residue called a digester. Biogas is a
mixture of different gases which can be converted into
thermal and/or electrical energy. The flammable gas
methane (CH4) is the main energy carrier in biogas
and its content ranges between 50 – 75% depending on feedstock and operational conditions.
Benefits of the Project

The project will be beneficial to the locals, the County
, and the environment at large. There will be a transition
to a low carbon economy as it scales up to renewable
Energy. Furthermore Climate Change mitigation through cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity of over 32MW will be generated and will generally contribute towards cheaper sources of Energy. Waterborne and respiratory infections arising from solid waste will be minimized. It will also contribute toward livelihoods long the solid waste management value chain and considerably improve our solid waste management practices. Generation of employment opportunities in solid waste collection, transportation, and processing and opportunities for cheaper energy. At first, 200 people will be employed and the number will rise as the project continues to run.