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Energy ministry rallies firms on power saving as Speke Resort, Abacus win

Winners of the inaugural Energy Management Awards share a group photo (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Abacus Parental Drug Ltd has emerged winner of the inaugural Energy Management Awards, conducted over the weekend.

In a swoop of wins in other categories by the Rupareria Group, Speke Resort Munyonyo was the winner of the Best Energy Management Practice-Hotels category.

The Speke Resort Munyonyo also came first runners-up under the category of Best Energy Management Practice-Services sector, while Speke Apartments emerged first runners-up under the category of Best Energy Management Practice/Services Sector- Hotels. Kabira Country Club, also owned by the Rupareria Group emerged second runners-up under the category of Best Energy Management Practices-Hotels.

27 companies entered the inaugural awards aimed at cutting power bills by employing energy efficiency and conservation techniques.

The awards were held at Nakasero based Pearl of Africa Hotel.

Organized by Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development with support from GIZ, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and French Development Agency, the awards aim to recognize and reward organizations that have made major and sustainable gains in energy efficiency through the application of modern energy management principles and practices, and in the process made significant energy and cost reductions.

The Guest of Honour, Mr. Simon D’Ujanga, the State Minister of Energy said the event is in line with one of the priorities of the ministry which focuses on efficient utilization of energy and power loss reduction.

He added that the awards are also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 which has one of its targets as doubling the level of energy efficiency by 2030.

“You will agree with me that the issue of improving energy efficiency is now a global concern. Targets for energy efficiency have been set under Sustainable for All Agenda to which Uganda is a signatory,” the minister said.

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