CREEC joined other Ugandans to celebrate the Earth Hour on Saturday the 31st of March at Sheraton Hotel Gardens.
In an exhibition organised by the World Wide Fund (WWF) in collaboration with Nature Uganda under the theme “ENERGY CONSERVATION”, CREEC joined other stakeholders to create awareness, increase knowledge and management of energy sources like solar systems and biomass systems.
CREEC with representatives from each department show cased some of its innovations like the MWOTO cookstove, turbines used in pico-hydro, biogas charts, solar technology promotion and also flyers promoting the centre’s on-going campaigns. The event was graced by different private sector energy companies, private organisations, students and officials from the academia.
In his speech, the guest of honour and Assistant Commissioner of energy efficiency from the Ministry of Energy, Mr James Banabe said,
“There is no doubt that Climate Change is one of the major global challenges for humanity today. It has been acknowledged that Climate Change has global repercussions; however it is the developing countries like Uganda which will experience the greatest impacts from Climate and disaster risks which in turn enervate sustainable development. “
He stated that the challenge is not only to supply the much needed energy, but to also encourage the proper and sustainable use of it. He also indicated that the Government has put in place the necessary policies, legal and institutional frameworks to guide the generation, supply and use of energy.
Earth Hour is a global event initiated by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) held annually on the last Saturday of March.
In a similar event, CREEC’s MWOTO team participated in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students’ exhibition at Makerere University with the theme, “Enhancing the role of Agricultural and environmental sciences in achieving sustainable development in Uganda.”
The team exhibited CREEC’s famous MWOTO cookstove in this three day exhibition that started from the 15th to 17th of March 2012, an innovation that was made to ease people’s cooking ways. The stove was showcased for its advantages over the traditional cooking ways like it making charcoal as one cooks, cooks faster, emits relatively less smoke and saves a lot of time because of its convenience.
This exhibition, organised by the Students’ council with the support from National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and Vero Foods Industries Ltd was the first of its kind to be organised by students of Makerere University colleges.