The Company's business relies heavily on the environment , specifically trees for power poles and rivers for water for the generation of electricity. In order to ensure sustainable use of these resources, Kenya Power has had a long-running tree planting programme in various forests in Uasin Gishu District, which are leased from the government. We plant eucalyptus grandus species in highland areas for use as power poles upon maturity, and indigenous seedlings in the water catchment areas and river beds to sustain rivers. So far, Kenya Power has planted over 161,349 seedlings and donated 349,000 eucalyptus and indigenous tree seedlings to local communities.
Apart from this initiative, Kenya Power in 2008 supported the Aberdare and Mount Kenya fencing projects to the tune of Shs. 1 million. The Company also donated 200 used electricity poles towards the fencing of Mount Kenya forest.
Stima FC participated in the 2008 World Environmental Day Football Cup at a cost of Shs. 35,000. 1,000 tree seedlings were planted during the event. In the same year, the Company also participated in a lakeside clean-up and sponsored a canoe competition at Hippo Point in Lake Victoria at Shs. 400,000.
Through a partnership with the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Power in 2009 acquired, planted and is currently maintaining indigenous trees in Kuresoi Forest in Rift Valley Province, Buda Forest in Coast Province, Karura Forest in Nairobi Province, and Marsabit Forest in North Eastern Province. This was done at a cost of Shs. 1,040,000.
In the same year, the Company donated Shs. 1 million to the Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Trust to support the fencing of the Mount Kenya forest. The Company also donated Shs. 500,000 to the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust towards the fencing of the Aberdare forest. These mountains and their environs are important water actchment areas for the country's hydro-electric dams.
Additionally, in 2009, Kenya Power donated Shs. 250,000 towards the conservation of the Hell's Gate National Park. The Company participated in a wheel barrow race in the park at a cost of Shs. 50,000. The proceeds from the race went towards conservation efforts in the park.
This year, KPLC plans to spend Shs. 7.2 million on the environment. Environmental activities, majority of which will be implemented between September and December this year, will form part of a continued partnership between Kenya Forestry Services (KFS) and Kenya Power to ensure the following:
- Kenya Power's contribution to conservation of government forests (conservancies) through planting of indigenous tree seedlings in areas set aside for Kenya Power /KFS plantations at a cost of Shs. 2.6 million. The conservancies include Nairobi, South Rift, Ewaso North, North Eastern, Coast, Eastern, Western, Nyanza, Central Highlands, and North Rift conservancies.
- As Kenya Power increases its plantation acreage in existing plantations, the Company plans to maintain the 16,000 seedlings planted last year at a cost of Shs. 240, 000. Funds for maintenance will be forwarded to KFS by end of August 2010.
- In partnership with ActionAid, Kenya Power has already initiated a process of setting up ten indigenous tree nurseries next to water catchment areas at a cost of Shs. 2.5 million. Through these tree nurseries, Kenya Power hopes to encourage the replacing of felled trees with seedlings from the nurseries.
- In May this year, Kenya Power participated in a beach clean-up exercise in three fishing beaches along Lake Victoria at a cost of Shs.700,000, which also included the construction of a Shs. 100,000 incinerator. Kenya Power staff turned up in large numbers to cleanup Kichinjio, Usoma, and Paga beaches.
- At the Coast, Kenya Power will be cleaning up the marine beach in Malindi and conserving the mangrove forests along its coastline in October this year, at a cost of Shs. 500,000.
- In order to sensitize the public on environmental issues, Kenya Power plans to spend Shs. 2 million on an environmental education/awareness media campaign before the end of the year.