Brief on AGI Environmental Sustainability Cluster Official Meeting

Brief on AGI Environmental Sustainability Cluster Official Meeting

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The 1st Quarter Official Meeting of the AGI Environmental Sustainability Cluster was held on 21st of February 2024 at the Coconut Grove Hotel, North Ridge.

This event creates the forum for our SMEs for networking and knowledge sharing on Environmental Sustainability practices in manufacturing processes.

In his opening remarks, the CEO of AGI, Mr. Seth Twum -Akwaboah reminded participants about the importance of inculcating the tenets of Environmental Sustainability in production, since it helps to preserve the environment and ensure that natural resources are used efficiently . He urged the participants to take on Interns from the KNUST Engineering School, who are undergoing training in measures of sustainability such as Energy Efficiency, Occupational Health and Safety other industry related topics. He said the interaction between the students and the businesses will help the students obtain the needed practical experience on manufacturing whilst the companies also benefit from their skills and expertise in Environmental Sustainability.

Mr. Twum-Akwaboah also thanked the Arqum team for work since the inception of the project, which has provided Technical Support to Cluster Members through various capacity building trainings in core topics such as Energy Management, Waste Management, Quality Management and Occupational Health and Safety Management.
He emphasized that the synergy between AGI Companies and their German counterparts partners should be strengthened to help promote the Sustainability Agenda .

Other equally important discussions focused on experience sharing on grant application processes and existing opportunities delivered by a facilitator of Occupational Health and Safety Working Group, Ms Sylvia Fafali Ohrou.

Another topical presentation was on the EU Carbon Regulation which will impact African Countries exporting products to the EU Markets. This presentation was delivered by the Ms Pauline Anaman an Attorney at AB and David law firm, which has in-depth knowledge in the Carbon Markets operations. She sensitized members on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Regulations, which is expected to be in full force by 2026. She cautioned that this regulation will affect exports from Africa to the EU market. She gave some policy guidelines on what AGI could do to influence the policy before it takes full effect. ‎