NAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – Kenya is set to host the first two-day Waste-to-Energy Congress aimed at addressing the waste management challenges facing the country.
The congress to be held from Wednesday June 15 to Thursday June 16, 2022 is themed “Time to act” and comes at a time when the country is putting in place infrastructure to address the growing challenge of waste management in Africa. .
The inaugural Waste to Energy Congress is organized by Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), a Zurich-based company dedicated to addressing global environmental challenges by generating waste from energy, in partnership with Sintmond Group, a local company of Zero Waste Smart Waste project management.
Speaking about the event, Sintmond Group Limited, CEO of Richmond Gatu, said: “Waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies consist of any waste treatment process that creates energy in the form of electricity, heat or transportation fuels (eg diesel) from waste. The source. Waste being one of the contributors of greenhouse gases, affects climate change. Poor management of waste disposal ultimately hinders the achievement of sustainable development. ”
Recent statistics from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) indicate that “Kenya generates around 22,000 tonnes of waste per day, or 8 million tonnes per year. 40% of this waste is generated in urban areas; With urbanization growing at 10% per year, the country’s urban population will generate around 5.5 million tons of waste each year by 2030.
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“Poor waste management, combined with increasing urban pressure, has increased the risks of environmental degradation, especially for city dwellers. Of the total waste generated by the city of Nairobi, only 45% is recycled, reused or transformed into a form that can generate an economic or ecological benefit, far from the target of 80% set by the National Waste Management Authority. environment,” adds Gatu.
Currently, NEMA estimates that 60-70% of the waste generated is organic, 20% plastic, 10% paper, 1% medical waste and 2% metal.
“We are delighted to partner with Sintmond and other stakeholders in Kenya to make this initiative a reality. HZI brings decades of experience in providing complete turnkey waste management facilities. His solutions as a project developer, technology provider and engineering, procurement and construction contractor have been part of more than 1,600 reference projects,” said Urs Altenburger Senior Sales Director Emerging Markets HZI.
HZI’s partnership with Sintmond Group includes the development of local waste management plants as a long-term solution for recycling waste into electricity and fuel.
Confirmed Congress speakers include PS for Energy, Major General (Rtd) Dr Gordon Kihalangwa, Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Swiss Embassy – Valentin Zellweger, NMS Director General Lt. Gen. Mohamed Badi, among others.
Topics for discussion at Congress 2022 include waste-to-energy (WtE) project development and technical solutions, Africa-tailored funding opportunities, educational exchange programs to Switzerland, and long-term operation. term of waste-to-energy plants.