Umeme to Introduce ‘Oilless’ Transformers

Umeme, clinic the company responsible for electric power distribution in Uganda is set to introduce Transformers that don’t use oil, and as part of its efforts to conserve the environment.

The development was revealed at the weekend by the company’s Managing Director, dosage Selestino Babungi during a tree planting event at Salaama School of the blind in Mukono.

“We are disposing off our old transformers to introduce the new ones that do not use oil in order to conserve the environment,” he said.

Under its signature Environmental Conservation Initiative dubbed U – Green, which the part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts,  Umeme employees planted over 1,000 trees in partnership with Nature Uganda out of the targeted 1,000,000 trees that the company it will plant across the country.

“Salaama School for the Blind is in need of trees as windbreakers as well as provision of green cover for their soils so they can continuously produce food for the pupils. This tree-planting initiative is to reaffirm our commitment to conserving our environment,” Babungi said.

Babungi planting a tree as Umeme staff members and School children look on
Babungi planting a tree as Umeme staff members and School children look on

The U -Green initiative aims at implementing and inspiring community action on environmental conservation.

“Umeme believes that as we work towards fulfilling the needs of the school, we shall as well be working towards conserving the environment,” Babungi added.

“Only 2% of the 16% of the population on the grid use electricity for cooking.  Others use firewood. This initiative will help us bridge this gap by replacing the cut trees as we work to improve electricity access across the country.”


In his remarks, Achilles Byaruhanga, the Nature Uganda boss, thanked Umeme for the partnership. He revealed that the Government has a programme to plant 10m  trees in the  next 10 years.

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