Kenya: Environment watchdog takes action against car pollutants in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) will begin a crackdown on smoke emitting car pollutants and factories emitting industrial effluent as part of its efforts to restore air quality and prevent the adverse effects of climate change, a top official said.

NEMA Director-General Geoffrey Wakhungu told PANA in Nairobi on Friday imported cars will be fitted with stickers to monitor the quality of exhaust fumes emitted to the environment, in an effort to reduce the extent of air pollution in cities and towns across the country.

“We shall monitor effluent emission into the environment. Our strategy to control air pollution will be implemented jointly with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the Kenya Bureau of Standards,” Wakhungu said.

The government agency mandated to monitor compliance with environmental policies in Kenya also plans to enforce strict environmental regulations against pollution by petroleum companies.

“The will be working with all the regulatory agencies in all the sectors to develop the standards that would guarantee better air quality to all Kenyans,” Wakhungu said after attending the launch of a network of Kenyan university students committed to environmental protection.

“We are bringing on board the energy regulatory authorities and the KPA. We shall put in place vehicle testing centres and carry out annual pollution audits,” he said.

At least 40 of some 71 government-licensed universities in Kenya partnered with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to launch the Kenya Green Universities Network (KGUN) to champion the cause of a cleaner environment in Kenya.

Wakhungu said each of the universities in the network will make unique contributions to conservation of the environment in Kenya.

Top among Kenya’s environmental concerns, according to NEMA, was the continuing pollution and poor waste management practices by local university administrations.

“We have lots of electronic waste emerging from the universities. The universities should take some initiatives such as the ones we have launched to deal with dumping. Each university has a niche,” Wakhungu said.

-0- PANA AO/AR 5Feb2016

05 february 2016 18:26:42

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