Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

Apr 26, 2018

Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

When you talk biogas in Kenya we quickly think about the small plants that we have within households used as source of cooking fuel and lighting in some instances. Commercial biogas plants have not picked up in Kenya as yet. The narrative is different as I would find out from my visit to the largest biogas plant in South Africa. Bio2Watt a company in South Africa has redefined the renewable energy industry and is producing energy for lighting. The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant (Pty) Ltd has a capacity of 4.6MW energy production which they produce and sell to BMW South Africa.

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

Apr 05, 2018

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

This is just but the beginning of my documentation of the key take homes from my short trip to South Africa. What being away from home reminds you is the little facts like Kenya is not the only place you can be and there are bigger and better things happening out there we can learn from as an economy. The highlight of the trip was a security briefing just after settling at our hotel. After that briefing I did not even want to leave my room, it felt like we had just landed inside Kamiti maximum prison and someone was baying for our blood. But forget about that let us pick it up later.

The role of technology in Climate Change

Feb 21, 2018

The role of technology in Climate Change

Avoiding the impact of climate change simply means reducing the emission of green house gases. Climate change solutions lie in technological innovations and creativity in response to the effects of climate change. Across the years it has been evident policy development and change around climate change has been full of controversy. A look at the situation in different countries this is quite evident. A prominent example being the very unclear stand of the United States on the Climate Change agenda.

Participation of more women in the energy sector is needed

Nov 30, 2017

Participation of more women in the energy sector is needed

In July this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Solinc East Africa Limited and I must say I was intrigued by the number of women involved in the assembly of solar panels. Trained and skilled women going about their duties, from the cutting, smoldering, stringing, assembling and testing of the products. This is the kind of spirit that needs to be encouraged, for women to thrive in the technical sectors.

Doing business in Kenya

Oct 31, 2017

Doing business in Kenya

The cost of doing business in Kenya is beyond the financial cost that one incurs while doing business but goes to the bureaucratic processes and regulations that may be looked at as indirect costs to doing business but are what affect business the most. The social-economic space is as significant when it comes to doing business in any country. The past few months have been very difficult months for entrepreneurs in Kenya and this has been attributed to the political climate in the country.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVOLUTION

Sep 01, 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVOLUTION

Climate change has been a global agenda for decades, various countries have made efforts to domesticate the adaptation and mitigation efforts to avert effects of climate change. Kenya is one of the countries that has made major strides in climate change especially developing a climate change law and developing a policy and institutional framework around climate change.

The general elections in Kenya have just been concluded and the country is in the process of setting a development agenda for the next five years both at the national and the county governments level.

THE BAN OF PLASTIC BAGS

Aug 17, 2017

THE BAN OF PLASTIC BAGS

The ban on plastic bags in Kenya is to come into effect at the end of August. Looking around one wonders how the implementation of the ban will be done, as clearly there is little or no preparedness.

ClimateLaunchPad (CLP)

Jul 27, 2017

ClimateLaunchPad (CLP)

ClimateLaunchPad(CLP) is the world’s largest green business idea competition. CLP’s mission is to unlock the world’s clean tech potential that addresses climate change. The objective is to support early stage businesses to grow their ideas into viable businesses that respond to the effects of Climate Change. For the first time outside of Europe, the ClimateLaunchPad (CLP) is being held in Africa, Kenya being hosted by the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC). 

Meet the Boot Camp trainer : Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Jul 25, 2017

Meet the Boot Camp trainer : Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Frans Nauta

Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Frans is a European working in Silicon Valley and a 'Valleyean' working in Europe on innovation & entrepreneurship, with a focus on climate change and innovation ecosystems.

Kick starting new stuff is what he does best, especially on the cross roads of startups, innovation and innovation ecosystems. Some of the things he has started include: