Kigali September 14th, 2016-Rwanda will, on Friday 16 September 2016, hold the 2nd edition of the national Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) Awards.
The awards recognize the best performing industries in Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production technologies. The industries to be rewarded are those located within the Lake Victoria Basin in Rwanda.
Industries under the resource efficiency and cleaner production programme under LVEMP II Project were evaluated based on a set of criteria, including (1) the consumption and use of resources such as energy, water, and raw materials, point-source pollution reduction; management commitment to clean and environment-friendly operations and the company’s openness, benefit sharing, compliance with effluent standards as well as corporate social responsibility, among others.
Eight best performing industries will be awarded in the categories of water use, waste management, waste water management and energy use. In total, 25 industries applied to participate in the awards.
The Minister for Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba, said: “Rwanda targets to be a middle-income and green economy and it is imperative that our industries remain committed and contribute to that vision. This initiative is a step forward towards raising awareness on the necessity to promote green industries.”
“We also believe that having green industries will improve the competitiveness of our products on the market,” he added.
RECP is a strategy aiming at enhancing efficiency of consumption of resources (energy, water and material) and reducing pollution from industries. RECP technologies reduce the costs of production and limit the levels of environment pollution through minimization of waste and reduction of pollution intensity of industries.
The inaugural awards were held last year in May. At the time, seven industries rewarded and Sulfo Industries was the overall winner.
The Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) programme in Rwanda is championed by the Rwanda Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre with funds from LVEMP II Project under REMA.
RECP awards aim at raising awareness and creating a recognition system for businesses to adopt Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production techniques for reducing their costs of production, increasing environmental performance through minimization of waste and increasing competitiveness
ABOUT LVEMP II
LVEMP II is a regional project, implemented in the five Member States of the East African Community (EAC), aiming to address the social, economic and environmental impacts of environment degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB)-targeting all those who live in, and depend on the natural resources of the basin.
In Rwanda, the project is implemented under the auspices of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).
RECP AWARDS CEREMONY PROGRAMME
- When: Friday, 16th September 2016 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- Venue: Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
- Jonas MUHAWENIMANA, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), on +250 788 587 819 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jean Pierre BUCYENSENGE, Communications Specialist Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project, Phase Two (LVEMPII), on +250 783 810 145 or at email@example.com.