Karen Roses Limited has officially joined the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Initiative, which invites organizations to work towards global climate neutrality by addressing their own climate footprint.
Global warming and climate change are the foremost environmental challenges facing the world today. It is our responsibility to reduce and minimize the emissions of greenhouse gases. In recognition of this challenge, we are being proactive and taking leading steps as a market leader in the industry to address climate change and mitigate in a very personal way the impact climate change has on environment and society. In doing so we, together with One Carbon World and the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative, have put in place modern and robust structures to Measure, Reduce and Offset carbon emissions associated with our group operations.
With the support of One Carbon World (OCW), we have assessed and validated our carbon footprint of our operations. The OCW emissions measurement toolbox is built around the reporting requirements of the Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Standard and compatibility with international standards ISO 14064 and PAS 2060.
As part of our reduction strategy, we have employed various strategies covering Energy, Water, Chemicals, Environment, Waste handling and Biodiversity.
We are sensitive about our environment and take note of the changing climate. In response to this, we have built a large water retention capacity with a 300,000 cubic meter storage capacity in our reservoirs that can guarantee uninterrupted farming incase rainfall was to fail for up to 4 months. All this water is first collected from our over 90 green houses and boosted by borehole and river water on need basis. These activities are supported by our intentional decision to set aside 25% of our land for tree cover as well as maintain a tree nursery that provides up to 30,000 trees for our own annual planting and also for distribution to the neighboring community to plant and maintain tree cover in the region.
To leverage on the power supply from the national government, we have established a 250kW at peak plant that runs operations in our heaviest consumption units being cold stores, fertigation units and bore hall extraction pumps. This greatly reduces our reliance on the electricity by utilizing green energy easily accessible in Kenya
We recognize the importance of farming in sustainable ways hence the need and reason to establish a 1HA IPM unit to achieve more self-sustainable organic methods of crop protection. The unit has the capacity to produce 2million photos a week; enough to cover the entire farm hence reducing use of harmful pesticides at farm and only apply soft and environmental chemicals. This however comes at a high cost making farming expensive and putting pressure on our competitiveness when it comes to market prices. The market is reluctant to recognize these efforts and remunerate comparatively to leverage on costs.
In more recent days we have experienced a major challenge in the world global logistics which have significantly affected our ability to easily move flowers by air due to space limitations. This has triggered us to join hands with our partners and begin trials to move flowers by sea whilst not losing its freshness. With this we do not only reduce carbon emissions but also provide alternative means to transport our flowers around the world.
One of the other ways we can contribute to the environment is to minimize amount of carton we fly to our markets as well as reduce on the use of plastic sleeves in our operations. Innovations on palletization from the farm means we can now pack more flowers in a box and avoid using extra carbon in wrapping the flower heads. This is due to the ability to minimize handling of individual boxes and bring a level of mechanization in the process.