DHL Global Forwarding adds sustainable marine fuel option for full-container load shipments

WORLD – DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has introduced another Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of their sustainability strategy. Following the success of the launch of a similar service for Less-than-Container Load (LCL) shipments, they are now extending the carbon reduction option to Full-Container Load (FCL) shipments. DHL customers can easily choose the use of sustainable biofuels, such as via the myDHLi Quote + Book function, which also includes a carbon calculator and offering the…

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Four Kenyan airports obtain Carbon Accreditation Level 1

KENYA – Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu and Eldoret international Airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced. The four Kenyan airports are the first airports in East and Central Africa to join the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, committing the facilities to reduce their carbon emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality. Owned by Airports Council International, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports and it provides airports with a…

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Kenya Association of Manufacturers launch body to address post-consumer waste

KENYA – The Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM), has launched the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) to promote collaboration, seek commitment by waste value chain players and support the achievement of a circular economy. The organization brings together players in the value chain to help increase awareness and promote sustainable capacity building in Kenya’s recycling and circular economy. Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry said in Nairobi that the establishment of KEPRO is timely since it has come at a time when the government is gearing…

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Ride-hailing platform Bolt introduces electric tuk-tuks, bikes and bicycles in Kenya

KENYA – On-demand ride hailing platform Bolt has introduced electric tuk tuks, and e-bicycles on its platform as the company expands its greener transport options in Kenya in the food category. The initiative is geared towards reducing Bolt’s environmental footprints, at the same time fulfilling the demand for light, smart and green modes of transport and also serves to eliminate the challenges associated with constant fluctuating fuel prices which currently form the most significant operating cost for drivers and couriers. “This is a great step towards realizing environmentally conscious ways…

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Logistics startup Amitruck and Sanergy partner for sustainable waste management

KENYA –  Amitruck, a technology startup and waste management solutions provider Sanergy have announced a partnership to tackle waste management in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the partnership, they have built an end-to-end value chain network of operations and efficient logistics that will collect, treat, and convert two streams of waste: sanitation waste generated in low-income informal settlements with inadequate sanitation services and kitchen & agricultural waste from restaurants, marketplaces and agricultural pack houses building a new model for city’s resilience through circular organic waste management.  The partnership has also created more jobs in the…

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Recycling company Mr. Green Africa receives a Certified B Corporation

AFRICA – Mr. Green Africa, a plastic recycling company that is backed by Dutch family-backed impact investor DOB Equity, has become the first waste management and recycling company in Africa to be a Certified B Corporation. The B-Corp certification establishes Mr. Green Africa as a pioneer in the recycling sector and has also enabled it to start measuring its social and environmental impact. It will also gain access to a community of like-minded companies, who are all working towards improving that impact. As a B-Corp, Mr. Green Africa’s end goal…

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AFDB partners EBRD to unlock additional sustainable investment opportunities in Africa

AFRICA – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to promote sustainable private-sector development in Africa. The MoU will catalyse new sources of financing to help bridge the US$2.5 trillion annual financing gap for development in Africa. This gap requires that development finance institutions work in partnership. “The new partnership agreement between our two institutions will pave the way for us to do more together, especially in supporting the growth of Africa’s private sector,” said…

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Startup Mazi Mobility gets backing from venture builder Satgana, launches electric motorcycles

KENYA – Mazi Mobility, a Kenyan startup, has launched its electric motorcycle fleet with backing from global venture builder, Satgana. Mazi Mobility is using motorcycles, locally known as “bodas” in Kenya to accelerate the transition to efficient, affordable and clean transport in Nairobi. Its flagship motorcycle, the Magnus 3000 (M3K), is a better alternative to petrol-driven bodas, while the startup is also introducing battery swapping stations that provide on-demand energy, reducing transportation costs by 50 percent.  The MK3 offers a choice between a single and dual battery, capable of up to…

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Absa Bank gets US$150m loan from IFC for green financing in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – The International Finance Corporation (IFC0, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide Absa Bank, one of Africa’s largest financial services groups, with a loan of up to US$150 million  to support the bank’s strategy to expand its climate finance business and help South Africa meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Africa’s first certified green loan, announced by the International Finance Corporation to Absa Bank, would increase funding for biomass and other renewable energy projects in South Africa, supporting the country’s power sector and economic recovery…

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Perseus Mining Ltd releases its CY20 Sustainable Development Report and future plans

WEST AFRICA – Perseus Mining Limited, a gold producer, developer and explorer, has released its CY20 Sustainable Development Report that details the company’s progress over the past 12 months. The company has recorded great progress in its 2020 sustainability report as it moves forward in delivering sustainable gold production of 500,000 ounces per annum by financial year 2022. It reports its delivery on its commitment to responsible mining operations in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, including an overall economic benefit to host countries totalling about USD$385 million. The report confirms the…

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