Role of IEET in the push for attainment of SDGS in Kenya
Established in 1990, the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) falls under both the Research, Production, and Extension (RPE) Division and the Academic Affairs Division (AA) at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. It offers training and research in environmental, energy, occupational safety, and health technologies. The institute also provides consultancy pertaining to the said disciplines to various organisations while also delivering service to the community at various levels. The Institute’s activities and undertakings strongly answer to the University’s mission, which in part outlines the goal of providing accessible quality training, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship so as to suit the needs of a dynamic world. This mission is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were agreed upon by 195 member states in the year 2015 and are broadly aimed at making the world a better place for humanity while also addressing the adverse effects of climate change (United Nations, 2022; The Top World 20 Project, 2022; Population Matters, 2022; Practical Action, 2022). The SDGs comprise seventeen items, including eradication of poverty, provision of quality education, gender equality, provision of clean water and sanitation, provision of affordable and clean energy, upscaling of industry, innovation, and infrastructure, partnerships for sustainable goals, reduced inequalities, and climate action, among others. All these are targeted for attainment by the year 2030.