Resource Efficiency in Kenya

UNEP Kenya Country Programme has worked with Kenya National Cleaner production Centre to promote Resource Efficiency in industry, business and commerce. Significant savings have been realized on energy, water and waste management costs.

Kenya is a major economy in the East African sub-region. Drivers that constitute its economic engine include: tourism (nature and conference), agriculture, industry, business and commerce. In fledgling economies of eastern African countries, issues of environmental concern are not being adequately addressed in the production processes.

Obsolete technologies that pollute the environment are common place and regulatory regimes that can enforce resource efficiency are not effected.  Therefore, it is imperative that principles of resource efficiency are promoted across all sectors to ensure sustainable economies from both the environmental and economic dimensions.



Integrating Cleaner and Resource Efficient Production in Selected Industries in Kenya

UNEP, in partnership with the Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre selected a number of enterprises in Nairobi to demonstrate how Cleaner Efficient Production can be implemented jointly within the ISO 14001. All the participating companies made significant savings, and benefited from measures aimed at implementation of energy efficiency, conservation of water and raw materials, and reducing waste generation.


Introducing Biogas Technology for Animal Slaughter Houses in Nairobi.

A biogas plant was installed in Dagoretti to showcase the possibility of turning a waste disposal problem into a useful energy resource, where Animal wastes are converted into methane rather than being discharged into environment.
The introduction of a Biogas Technology for Animal Slaughter Houses in Nairobi is a technology is based at the Nyongara slaughter house in Kiambu District whose objective is to demonstrate biogas generation from slaughter house waste.

This project has contributed to UNEP’s intervention on Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste by ensuring that harmful chemicals and hazardous wastes are managed in a more environmentally sound manner, through better technology and best practices. It has also contributed to the implementation of a resource efficiency project. [UNEP in Kenya E-Newsletter Jan-Feb 2011]

The Mji wa Huruma Bio-center Project (Bio-Latrine)

The Mji wa Huruma Bio-center Project has contributed to UNEP’s intervention on Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste by managing and reducing risks to human health and the environment posed by chemicals and hazardous waste.
The projects objective is to improve sanitation facilities in an informal settlement, Mji Wa Huruma, by using human waste to generate biogas.

The project is benefiting the community immensely since the village lacks adequate sanitation, especially affecting the health of women and children.  The community will also use the biogas generated for cooking purposes to mitigate the collection of firewood from the Karura Forest. [UNEP In Kenya-Newsletter-JULY 2010]

 The Community Cooker, Laini Saba, Kibera

As “necessity is the mother of invention,” the community in the Kibera informal settlements has identified the most practical approach in improving their surroundings and securing their livelihoods. They have devised a durable solution to cleanse their environment of the heaps of rubbish to generate useful energy for cooking, baking and water heating. [UNEP In Kenya-Newsletter-SEP-OCT 2010]

For more information please contact

Mr. Henry Ndede
Coordinator, UNEP-Kenya Country Programme
Tel: +254-20-762-4276
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