NANYUKI, Kenya – Dalbit Petroleum Ltd has marked its 20-year anniversary by planting 1,000 trees at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy as part of its environmental conservation efforts aimed at preserving the world’s first Mountain Bongo sanctuary.
The tree planting exercise is being done in partnership with the local communities and employees as part of a tree planting initiative that will contribute towards the Conservancy’s target of planting 5,000 indigenous tree species in 2022. This further complements the existing work done by the local communities and will ultimately contribute to the already existing 35,000 indigenous tree species previously planted in the Mount Kenya Forest.
In Kenya, Dalbit has played a leading role in supporting the government’s efforts to combat climate change through forest and landscape restoration. The government of Kenya currently has an objective to increase the country’s tree cover from 6.2% to 10% by 2030. Other than restoring the environment, the tree planting is aimed at providing a green and suitable environment for mountain bongos in the sanctuary, in support of the rewilding and breeding programme. The programme aims to improve the population of the endangered species in Kenya, from the current population of less than 100 in the wild.
Speaking at the event, Timothy Skudi, CEO at Dalbit said: “We are delighted to mark 20 years of fuelling regional growth across East, Central and Southern Africa. We have been instrumental in providing total energy solutions that have supported African businesses to drive economic growth and higher living standards. Whilst fuelling growth, we have also sought to create a lasting impact for the communities we serve. Giving back is an essential part of the way we operate each day, and through charitable giving and education, we have helped to address some of the greatest social challenges facing our region – including energy access, health, the environment and biodiversity. This tree planting is part of this impact, and we are thankful to the local community and stakeholders who have come to contribute to this sustainable action for our country.”
Dalbit has been a lead benefactor of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy initiative since 2013, which works to conserve critically endangered wildlife species in Nanyuki. The company’s funding and support for the scheme has recently culminated in the release of five mountain bongos, one of Kenya’s most iconic species, at the Mawingu Mountain Bongo Sanctuary in March 2022. These critically endangered animals are endemic to Kenya’s Mountain Forests.
Mr Skudi added that the tree planting initiative provides economic support to local communities, who sell seeds and saplings to the conservancy, and also provide paid labour for the exercise. In addition, involving local communities ensures sustainable action through local ownership.
The company has continued to supply fuel via road networks from depots for 20 years, ensuring energy access for customers in Kenya and across the Region. They have played a defining role in building up the energy infrastructure of frontier markets.
Looking to the future, Dalbit will continue to invest in order to fuel progress across the region, whilst giving back to the communities. Mr Skudi stated a belief that traditional fuel storage and distribution will remain a vital part of any country’s energy network and looks forward to contributing to the national development of even more countries over the next 20 years.
Innovation and pushing boundaries are central pillars of the green energy transformation of the continent. As Natural Gas continues its emergence as a leading ‘bridge fuel,’ Dalbit is investing its business to adapt for this next step, ultimately helping countries move towards a low-carbon development path.
Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy (MKWC) is a non-profit trust dedicated to preserving the environment and the wildlife within. The Conservancy is located in Nanyuki, at the foot of the scenic Mount Kenya, a UN World Heritage Site. It is home to 28 different animal species, a population of roughly 1,200 different animals. The Conservancy’s three main programmes include a rehabilitation project for the Mountain Bongo antelope, an animal orphanage, and a conservation education programme.