MTCC Africa, in collaboration with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), conducted the virtual Energy Efficiency Conference & Exhibition (ConfEx) in March 2021. The ConfEx was held over (4) days in two successive weeks the first on 17th & 18th March 2021 and thereafter on 24th & 25th March 2021. It could not come at a better time as the world is battling the harsh effects of climate change. Decades of tremendous industrial development have led to emission of obnoxious Greenhouse Gases (GHG), ultimately damaging the protective atmosphere that regulate climate in the biosphere.
This has called for urgent attention from specific industry leaders to implement climate change mitigation measures. Essentially, MTCC Africa provided a platform for dialogue amongst industry leaders in shipping sector with a goal to explore how energy efficient technology can be leveraged in reducing GHG emissions as well as improve efficiency in industry operations.
With its mandate in focus MTCC Africa with SAMSA organised the ConfEx to promote energy efficient technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector with the end goal of helping navigate shipping into a low-carbon future.
This ConfEx provided a platform for dialogue for the African shipping sector on uptake of low-carbon technologies. The Event also featured exhibitions from both established & small and Medium-Sized Entrepreneurs with innovations focused on climate mitigation in the maritime industry.
During the opening of the ConfEx, the MTCC Africa host institution, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT), was represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vitoria Ngumi who highlighted how as an institution JKUAT is contributing to building expertise for uptake of energy efficiency. In 2010, JKUAT launched a new degree in Marine Engineering that to date has delivered top-notch professionals for Kenya’s maritime sector. A case in point is the university’s alumna, Eng. Luke Samba, currently serving as a Port State Control Inspector for the Kenya Maritime Authority and assisting the energy efficiency and GHG expert team at MTCC Africa.
The Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure – Kenya, Mr. James W. Macharia, E.G.H also gave a speech during the opening of ceremony. He re-iterated support for such platforms that nudge industry players to propose and pursue innovative solutions in reduction of GHG gases.