Ekasi Energy was invited to attend a SEED side event at the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) in at the United Nations in New York. While there were a lot of government meetings for country goals, it was a time for business to discuss how SDG’s (Sustainable Developments Goals) are woven into business via shared value initiatives and triple bottom line goals.
Ekasi Energy had a chance to present on how Alien Tree Infestations played a role in #DAYZERO in Cape Town, South Africa by limiting water flows from reaching dams, specifically Theewaterskloof. By partnering with WfW (Working for Water), we can:
- Improve water flow in streams
- Restore biodiversity for fynbos
- Create clean biomass fuel for cooking/heating
A chance to meet fellow winners, Arthur Woniala from Khainza Energy Limited in Uganda, and Ajaita Shah from Frontier Markets in India.
Khainza Energy, a SEED 2018 Low Carbon winner, is working on biogas cooking solutions. The biogas is made from mainly cow dung and compressed into gas bottles. We were able to compare notes on how to tackle the charcoal issue in Africa with cleaner fuels made from waste.
Also attended the SDG Business Forum and was able to hear how companies are building sustainable development goals into their business strategy, specifically around sustainable supply chains. a notable comment was “If you do not understand your supply chain, you have no idea where the value is created” Very relevant for Ekasi Energy and selling the value of our pellets to customers.
The final highlight was attending the opening of the Nelson Mandela 100 year exhibition in the UN Lobby and listening to Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Made one proud to be a South African once again!
Phumzile reminded us of Madiba’s challenge to all of us… “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Certainly our objective for Clean and Affordable Cooking at Ekasi Energy!
All in all a great networking event! Thanks to SEED!