Environment, Waste Management and Energy

About the Department

The department of Environment, Waste Management and Energy is one of the ten functional departments in the county, headed by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM). It has one County Chief Officer who is the accounting officer of the department. The department has five directorates namely;

  • Human Resource & Administration
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Energy
  • Climate Change

It has a total number of 527 staff which include permanent, contract and casual staff.

Vision Statement

A sustainable clean and green environment.

Mission Statement

To promote an effective and efficient system for a sustainable clean and green environment to the residents of Mombasa County.

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Integrity

Our Mandate

The department’s main mandate includes but not limited to the following:

  • Environmental compliance
  • Collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste
  • Providing cemetery services
  • Energy reticulation and regulation
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation.

PROGRAMMES

1). Environmental Compliance

The department is striving to ensure clean, healthy and green environment within the county. This will be achieved through enhancement of city and urban areas aesthetics, and ensuring compliance to environmental legislation.

The following functions fall under this program:

  1. Review and implementation of county specific environmental management policies, strategies, standards, guidelines, and regulations.
  2. Establish and maintain county environment information.
  3. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders on mitigating against adverse environmental impacts in the county.
  4. Coordinate undertaking of research on environmental impact in the county to inform county policy decision.
  5. Ensure compliance with the provisions of Environmental Management and Coordination Act Chapter 387 and regulations.
  6. In liaison with the relevant departments in the county, ensure conservation of water catchment areas.

2). Solid Waste Management.

Mombasa County generates approximately 1000 tons of solid waste per day. The department is geared to strengthen waste management practices as well as ensure compliance to the solid waste management strategy.

The following functions fall under this program:

  1. Review and implementation of county specific waste management policies, strategies, standards, guidelines, and regulations.
  2. Establish and maintain data on county waste management information.
  3. Sensitize public on responsible waste management practices.
  4. Develop mechanism to recycle and utilize waste in the county.
  5. Monitor dumping of waste and enforce penalties where necessary.
  6. Ensure compliance with the existing laws and regulations on waste management in the county.
  7. Monitor and evaluate waste characteristics in the county and coordinate segregation of waste at source.
  8. Provide waste management services, and regulate waste collection, transportation and disposal.
  9. Promote public-private partnership in waste management in the county.

3). Energy

The department is geared to providing clean and safe energy to the residents of Mombasa County. This shall be achieved through promotion of green energy production and promotion of the use of clean, safe and green energy.

The following functions fall under this program:

  1. Review and implementation of county specific renewable energy policies, strategies, standards, guidelines and regulations.
  2. Establish and maintain data on county renewable energy information.
  3. Promote and utilize renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation in the county.
  4. Undertake research and provide technical advice on renewable energy.
  5. Develop county frameworks to enable efficient and sustainable production and distribution of energy and bio-energy technologies.
  6. Promote alternative sources of energy production in the county.
  7. Develop appropriate local capacity for manufacturing, installation, maintenance and operational of renewable energy technologies.
  8. Exploit opportunities offered under climate change programmes and projects in relation to energy.
  9. Promote public-private sector participation in development of renewable energy.

4). Climate Change

Climate change has had a great impact in Kenya over the years including prolonged droughts, flooding, global warming, etc. As a result, there is need to address these climate change challenges in a more pragmatic manner in line with sustainable development goal (SDG) 13.

This will be done through partnerships and collaborations with relevant stakeholders to implement these climate change policies and strategies. It focuses on:

  1. The development and implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures and programs.
  2. Adoption/adaption of the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022.
  3. Creating awareness on the mitigants and challenges of climate change.
  4. Report effects of climate change in the county.

Achievements

  1. Decommissioning of Kibarani Dumpsite

The decision to decommission the dumpsite was made in April 2018 during the launch of the twelve (12) garbage trucks, where H.E the Governor gave some executive orders to close Kibarani dumpsite and channel the waste to Mwakirunge. Dumping of waste was stopped before levelling and compacting was done. The area was then covered with quarry dust and soil and a process of phytorelegation is ongoing where natural vegetation is allowed to grow. The work is part of the bigger Mombasa regeneration project that the Governor asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend to Mombasa following the Nairobi regeneration project. The dumpsite, which has been in existence for more than 50 years, is being turned into a recreational park by the Mombasa county government in collaboration with the national government and other stakeholders.

  1. Procurement of new garbage trucks

In order to improve on waste management in the county, the county government through the department of Environment, Waste Management & Energy invested in equipment acquisition by procuring twelve (12) garbage trucks for the financial year 2017/2018 which were launched by H.E the Governor on 20th April, 2018. This increased the collection of garbage from 20% to 52%.

The department has remained steadfast in ensuring improved waste collection and disposal in the county. This has seen it procure another ten (10) garbage trucks for the financial year 2018/2019 which were launched by H.E the Governor on 9th October, 2019. This will increase the collection rate to over 60%.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs)

As a department, we continue to invest in sustainable environment, efficient solid waste management and clean renewable energy while developing strategic partnerships to ensure sustainable clean and green environment for the residents of Mombasa.

To achieve this, the department has entered into MOUs with different partners and stakeholders some of which are detailed below:

  1. MOU with Community Cooker Foundation Limited (CCFL).

The CCFL is an African based, African led Foundation with a Board of Directors that promotes the use of the Community Cooker, which is a waste to energy technology.  Using environmentally safe procedures, Community Cookers incinerate rubbish creating heat energy, which can be used for cooking, boiling and distilling water, and baking. Future uses under development include the generation of electricity.

The department has entered an MOU with CCFL to overseer the implementation of the Community Cooker Project right from its initial stages to its management, in a bid to manage waste by converting waste to energy thus reducing the amount of garbage that goes to the dumpsite. The Community Cooker is under construction at Pirates, which will be managed by a community group.

  1. MOU with Pcore Energy & Xaris Holdings

Pcore Energy, a texas limited liability company having its principal office at Houston, USA, and Xaris Holdings, a private company with its principal offices at Melbourne, Australia, represented by Hennie Steyn of Xaris (“LNG2 Partners”).

The MOU is meant to outline the framework of collaboration between County Government of Mombasa and LNG2P Partners towards developing at least 225MW of LNG fueled electricity power generation capacity in or around Mombasa. This will see LNG2P Partners assemble and coordinate a group of investors under PPP structure to invest and install at least 225 MW of new LNG based power generation capacity. This power plant will be based on Pcore Energy’s low-cost Pcore Power Ship solution that is condusive to attracting capital and quick implementation, while being efficient and environmentally friendly.

Reference Documents

Mombasa County Draft Solid Waste Management Bill

Mombasa County Draft Solid Waste Management Policy

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