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Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, shows determination in reducing its share of GHG emissions damaging the environment by planning a waste-to-energy plant.

In southern Africa, the Zimbabwean capital has announced that it’s seeking an investor for the establishment of a waste energy plant at Pomona landfill as the city looks to generate energy through extraction of landfill biogas, the Herald reported.

It is reported that the dump site has been exposed to wild fires that cause choking fumes, which are a threat to public health and wildlife.

However, with this new development, environmental management committee chairperson Herbert Gomba said the extraction of the biogas would mean the containment of the fires and using waste usefully.

"We are in the process of engaging a company to partner the city, with a view of establishing a waste-to-energy plant, which will generate energy and associated products.

"We are happy on behalf of council that the engagement process, if approved by government, will result in Harare increasing its waste management fleet, making it easier to collect waste,” Gomba said.

He added: “This will free resources to allow us to build a new dump site to cater for the southern parts of Harare.”

Landfill biogas to lower GHG

Media reported that climate change management department director Washington Zhakata said such a project qualifies for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Explaining the role of CDM, Zhakata said: "The CDM is aimed at supporting developing countries in achieving sustainable development through the implementation of project activities that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions, financed by the developed countries."

He continued: "It also endeavours to assist industrialised/developed countries in achieving compliance with their qualified GHGs emission limit and reduction commitments through investment in clean energy technologies in developing countries."

According to media, Zhakata said his department intends to conduct clean CDM workshops for key industry, energy, transport and agricultural players to raise awareness on the process and benefits with regard to sustainable development.

He added that the intervention is predicted to go further into facilitating registration for developed CDM concepts, media reported.

 

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