Carbon reduction, resources and opportunities toolkit was successfully launched on 11th September 2013. This project was initiated to facilitate and accelerate the flower sector’s to reiterate that Kenya is a low carbon emission destination despite the fact that flowers are flown to the market. Further, the industry has over the years adopted practices and technology to make it sustainable.
CaRROT focus was to develop a unified response to climate change communication through practical and localized accounting and management solutions for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy efficiency and improved water usage. This has been achieved by developing a functional sectorial GHG and resource management toolkit (i.e. CaRROT), as well as self-regulating voluntary management standards to support the toolkit. Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Camco Advisory Services (Kenya) Limited (Camco) and Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA), funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CKDN) are the team behind the success of the toolkit development.
The Launch was officiated by the Netherlands ambassador to Kenya, H.E Joost Reinjes. In his remarks he congratulated the flower industry for joining the rest of the world in responding to the issues of climate change. He added that though Kenya and Africa is not a major emitter of GHG gases, the air lifting of the flowers to the market destination contributes to global warming.
CDKN was represented by Tim Ash Vie who in his speech congratulated the Kenya flower industry for taking initiative in developing a resourceful toolkit. He said that this is the first toolkit development in Africa as a sectorial unified response to climate change. The Chief Executive Officer KFC, Mrs. Jane Ngige, said that the toolkit will be a strong lobbying tool for the industry. In addition, the toolkit will be used by individual farms in decision making as well as enhance resource use efficiency. She encouraged the flower growers to utilize this toolkit.
The launch also provided a platform to showcase various effort/initiative undertaken by the individual farms in areas of renewable energy utilization as well as environmental care. These efforts include use of biogas as well as solar energy. Biogas project utilize flower wastes to generate power while others have installed solar power panels. These efforts have gone a long way in subsidizing companies on grid power consumption as well as reducing farm cost. Farms were encouraged to take up such project to subsidize on-grid farm power consumption which translates to reduced cost of production.