Geoffrey Wakhungu, the Director-General of Kenya’s National Environmental Management Agency (NEMA), said the state agency planned to launch an air quality assurance strategy, which would ensure factory owners and buyers of motor-vehicles adhere to strict environmental regulations.
“The state of the environment is as good as the level of citizen awareness about their environment,” Wakhungu told reporters in Nairobi during the launch of a University network to promote environmental conservation in small towns and campuses.
Wakhungu said although trends showed the state of the environment in Kenya was improving, county governments were increasingly unable to collect solid waste and none of the 47 county governments had a dumpsite which met the NEMA conditions for being certified environmentally safe.
In order to ensure vehicles and factory owners adhere to strict environmental standards, NEMA said each imported vehicle into Kenya would soon be require stickers to monitor smoke emissions.
“We shall require every vehicle to undergo annual environmental audits. The same will be applied to the vendors of fossil fuels and gas stations,” Wakhungu said.
The NEMA official said the government was currently preparing the environmental standards that would guide the testing of vehicles for environmental pollution.
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), which manages the Port of Mombasa and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) are expected to lend a hand in the implementation of the new green regulations.
Dirty air causes diseases such as lung cancer, stroke and other heart diseases. The Kenya government has been planning to crackdown on environmental pollution since 2013. Enditem