In April, 2015 the Rwandan government recognized the efforts and importance of industries and business in greening their production with the first annual Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Awards in Kigali.
The ongoing event aims to incentivize and commend industry leaders as well as increase visibility and recognition of cleaner production practices in Rwanda.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment awarded seven industries for embracing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production technologies as a way of preserving the environment.
Francois Kanimba, Minister for Trade and Industry acknowledged, “This initiative of protecting the environment, saving energy, and keeping production clean is fundamental for a country to promote green economy and green industry. It has tremendous impact on the competitiveness of business enterprises by reducing production costs,”
Sulfo Rwanda Industries emerged as the evenings big winner, being awarded best performer out of the 110 organizations in the field, in terms of the amount of energy, water, and raw materials saved per unit of product as well as the amount of renewable energy adopted in the process of production. The awards also took into account the reduction of pollution and management commitment and leadership in social responsibility.
Inyange Industries came away with the waste water management award while Sorwathe, a tea processor, won the award for best in water use management and Sulfo Industries also won in the energy saving category.
The Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) expressed hopes that this annual event will spread awareness and be a benchmark for Rwandan businesses in order to increase uptake of cleaner production strategies.
The RECP Awards were promoted with the support of REMA, the Rwanda Cleaner Production Centre, the Private Sector Federation (PSF), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The event marks further progress in the transition towards a green economy, following the adoption of Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience National Strategy in 2011. Another green initiative announced on February 27, 2015 by REMA and the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) aims at eradicating the use of plastic bags in the country.