| SBL’s Managing Director Helene Weesie,
By Staff Writer
As the world marks World Environment Day which is observed every 5th day of June each year, this year’s event should be food for thought for Tanzania as it embarks on the envisaged path to be a semi-industrial economy by 2025.
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ (UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since its inception in 1974, it has growth to become a global platform for global outreach that is celebrated in over 143 countries.
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth- focusing attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern.
Recently, Tanzania held the President’s Manufacturer of the Year (PMAYA) Awards in which various local manufacturing companies won awards in various categories, among which energy efficiency played a central role. The energy efficiency category was particularly important because of the integral role that manufacturers and producers should play in ensuring prudent utilization of energy resources for the preservation and conservation of the environment.
Among the companies that starred in the category and won the coveted award, was Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), receiving accolades for its efforts in energy preservation in its production processes.
In an exclusive interview after the event, SBL’s Managing Director Helene Weesie, outlined the steps that the brewer had undertaken in ensuring that the reduction of misuse of energy was instilled as an overall organizational culture in the company.
She cited the use of metrics and analysis as the main tools of tracking and verifying of energy consumption of all the company’s equipment in all departments.
“We closely monitor and compare the extent of energy consumption in our equipment and departments while ensuring the best practices in tandem with international benchmarks,” Weesie said.
Among the actions the beer-maker takes in energy reduction, Weesie said, were: Improving efficiency of boilers, efficiency in cleaning regime, adapting production scheduling to take energy reduction as a priority, and replacing key equipment which consume more than the average energy levels.
“Energy reduction is part of our long-term strategy and involves all employees”, said Weesie, adding that the company encourages all employees to take personal responsibility such as in switching off lights and ACs while not in use and generally adopting an energy-saving culture.
Industrial waste disposal pipeline
Pursuant to its quest to ensure environmental conservation and a sound health for its staff and that of the citizens neighbouring its brewing plants, SBL in July 2016 commissioned a 2-kilometer waste disposal pipeline at its Temeke brewery, effectively solving the perennial challenge of the disposal of the brewer’s industrial waste in the plant.
Constructed at a cost of Tsh 470 million and covering an almost two-kilometer stretch from the brewing plant to Kurasini, the pipeline, the first of its kind in the country, was lauded by the government through its relevant ministry as an enviable example to be emulated by other companies and industries.
SBL Managing Director was quoted during the launch of the pipeline at the time saying that the building of the waste disposal outlet was the implementation of the company’s corporate social responsibility policy that was hinged on four main pillars that included, Environmental Preservation, Skills for Life, Water of Life and Responsible Drinking.
“Clean, safe water is one of the main ingredients in beer production and we recognize that in beer production, waste water is produced and its disposal should have environmental preservation in mind. Therefore, the launch of this pipeline is meant to ensure maximum environmental preservation as well as preserving the health of the staff and the neigbouring communities”, Weesie concluded.
SBL’s culture of energy and environmental conservation is a gesture that other players in the industrial sector should emulate.
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