Government must formulate organic waste recycle laws

By Laudia Sawer, GNA
Ashaiman, Jan 16, GNA – Government has been urged to formulate enforceable legislations that would ensure that industries and companies would recycle organic waste generated by them.

According to Safi Sana Ghana Limited, a waste to energy and organic fertilizer company, such laws would compel companies to sort their waste for recycling to prevent the indiscriminate dumping of organic waste.

Mr Raymond Ategbi Okrofu, Country Manager of Safi Sana, made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

Mr Okrofu said dumping of such waste only tend to pollute the environment, while causing shortage of availability of raw materials for recycling.

He added that the Local Government Ministry and its related entities must intensify education on waste separation policies since people do not see the relevance of separating organic waste from other household waste.

He further implored government to recognize that the Safi Sana project was an integrated solution for most of the waste management problems Ghana faced.

According to him, organic waste which is collected by his company is processed to produce energy and fertilizer which nurture seedlings for the market.

He said the project, apart from creating jobs, helped to improve sanitation, while promoting agriculture and gave opportunities for research work.

Mr Okrofu indicated that his outfit fed about 1.6 megawatt of power to the national grid daily from 30 metric tonnes of organic waste.



KNUST moves to promote clean energy use


Efforts at promoting clean energy use in the country has received a huge boost with the development of improved cook stoves by the Technology Consultancy Center (TCC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The stove, apart from reducing carbon emissions and indoor pollution, has the added advantage of cutting down fuel usage by about 70 per cent.

A research report of the university made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi said the project was funded by the Energy Commission of Ghana with an amount of $90,000.00.

It said a team of researchers at the Applied Industrial Ceramics and Rural Enterprises Development Unit (AIC-RED), led by Mr. Michael Commeh spearheaded the development of the stove.

Some senior high schools (SHS) in the Ashanti Region including the Kumasi Secondary Technical School (KSTS) and Yaaa Asantewaa Girls, are already using them.

The report said these cook “very fast, save energy and time” and the idea was to aggressively promote their adoption by the people.

The Center had also developed a heat retention device, which it said was less harmful to human use.

The report added that a testing and expertise centre for the devices had been established at the KNUST to carry out efficiency, performance, technical and emission level test on cook stoves produced locally or imported into the country.



Uganda: NWSC to Begin Generating Electricity, Biogas in 2017

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has said the new sewerage plant being constructed in Bugolobi, will be ready by April 2017 and it will start generating electricity and biogas.

Speaking at the site inspection tour in Bugolobi on Friday, Dr. Silver Mugisha, the NWSC managing director said when completed, the project will deliver better health for Kampala city residents because its sewerage plant is of newer technology, it is bigger, bigger pipes have been laid to drain the sewerage and the sewerage will be used to generate electricity and biogas to be supplied to homes.

“We shall generate 650Kilowatts of electricity to run this plant and we shall also generate biogas, Kampala will be drained better and there will be improved health for people of Kampala,” he said.

Asked to comment on how investors who own wetlands where the project pipes are supposed to be laid have impacted on the project, Dr. Mugisha said the investors have taken NWSC to court demanding for compensation but the good thing is that court has sided with the corporation arguing that such compensation is not automatic because it is a given.

“Development without sewerage is not development. If you cannot discharge sewerage, that is not development. In Kinawataka, we had issues with a developer who took us to court demanding for compensation,” he said.

Asked whether it is now a government song to claim that land titles issued over wetlands are null to void, Ronald Kibuule, the state minister for environment said cabinet passed a resolution canceling all those titles arguing that no individual can own a wetland because wetlands benefit millions of people and the same applies to projects that pass through wetlands.

“Cabinet passed a resolution that you cannot own a land title on a wetland and we have started the procedure of canceling those titles. We are going to budget for protection of all catchment areas,” he said.

Last month, city businessman, Sudir Ruperalia, dragged NWSC to court over attempts to lay pipes on his property in Kinawataka swamp where court overruled him. This newspaper has learnt that more businessmen in Kampala including Sikander Meghani of Megha industries, Godfrey Nyakana the former Mayor Central division, Tom Mugenga among others, have also blocked NWSC from utilizing wetlands which they acquire illegally.


Lavender hill to generate 7.5 MW of power from faeces


By: Samuel Dowuona, Adom News

The famous Lavender Hill at Korle Gonno in Accra will soon be closed down but in its place are two new liquid waste treatment plants that will produce clean water, compost for manure and up to 7.5 Megawatts of power in the long term.

The two new plants, estimated at $65 million, are the Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant and the Mudor Waste Water Treatment Plant built under a public-private partnership arrangement between government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited.

The famous Lavender Hill got its name from the stench that emanates from that side of the coast because of the daily dumping of loads of liquid waste into the sea for more than a hundred years now.

At least 180 truckloads of liquid waste are poured into the sea at that spot on daily basis, and city authorities collect fees for the dumping while residents and visitors to the area endure the stench.

But the two new plants, due to be commissioned by President John Mahama on Friday, would mean all the trucks would now have to send the liquid waste to the faecal treatment plant, while various sewage systems in parts of the city will pump liquid waste directly into the waste water plant for treatment.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Jospong and Zoomlion Groups of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong told Adom News the first phase of the plant will generate one megawatt of power, which will be consumed by the two plants and relieve the national grid of some load.

He said the second phase will then generate an additional 7.5 megawatts of power to be distributed to Korle Bu and other communities close to the plants.

Dr. Agyepong said besides the power, the plants will also produce clean water and pump it into the nearby lagoon so that it can be used for recreational purposes, adding however that the water would also be clean enough for domestic use.

He said the plants would also generate biogas and compost that can be used for bio-charcoal or manure for farms across the country and other West African countries.

“We also designed this plant to be used as a training facility for university and other tertiary institutions students who are interested in environmental science and waste management studies,” he said.

Dr. Agyepong was full of gratitude to the President, Local Government Minister, Collins Dauda, and Accra Mayor, Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, for embracing the project, which promises to provide loads of employment to both skilled and unskilled labour and also make Ghana a waste management hub in the sub-region.



12MW Solar Plant To Be Built At Kalio


By: Adnan Adams Mohammed

A 22.82 million euros soft loan (approximately GHC 98 million) have been secured to be used to build a 12 megawatts of solar power plant in Kalio in the Upper West Region.

This was part of a three loan agreement signed by the Ministry of Finance with the German government for 40.82 million euros (approximately GHC176 million) last week.

The Volta River Authority (VRA) is the beneficiary of the amount secured for the solar plant. The project involves the establishment of 12MW solar power plant at Kalio for 8MW and Lawra for 4MW in the Upper West Region.

Deputy Minister of Finance, Mona Quartey during the signing ceremony said the solar power plant project is in line with the Renewable Energy Act 2011 (Act 832) which envisages the attainment of 10 percent of electricity generation mix from renewable energy sources by 2020.

She added that currently Ghana has about 3 percent electricity generation mix from renewable sources.

According to her, the financing terms of the 40.82 million euro loan facility includes a grant element of up to 54.5 percent.

The German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Christopher Retzlaff in his remarks said Ghana is a strategic and key partner for the Republic of Germany in West Africa and the whole of Africa.

He added that the progress we have seen in democracy and market economy and economic development within the last 25 years is indeed remarkable.

They have four priority areas for investment that which includes the Economic Development, Good Governance, Agriculture and lastly Renewable Energy which was added lately.

The loan amount included, a 13 million euros (approximately GHC56 million) is to help increase the performance of the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) to ensure that all financial resources are fully spent for the purpose of planned programs and development activities.

The third loan agreement of 5 million euros (GHC21.5 million) is earmarked for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for the construction of an IT training institute.

Mona Quartey expressed that the Ghana Audit Service is expected to support the construction of 22 district offices, 3 regional Ghana Audit Service regional offices in Cape Coast, Koforidua and Ho.

“This is expected to enhance the work of the GAS to reduce office accommodation problems and helping to better position the service to carry out its mandate as the supreme audit service of Ghana.

“With regard to the GRA project, she added that it involve the construction of an IT training institute in Tema and forms part of the modernization of the GRA which is expected to support sustained improvement in the IT literacy within the Authority,” she said.



Demonstration Fairs Held In Amasaman To Promote Clean Cooking Technologies In Ghana


Participants at the fair watching a demostration on the cookstoves.


By: Peter Martey Agbeko

As part of a focused campaign to raise public awareness and promote clean cooking technologies in Ghana, World Education Incorporation (WEI), a US‐based non‐profit organization, has organised two demonstration fairs at Amasaman.

The fairs which took place at Kutunse and Sarpeiman in the Ga West Municipal district in the Greater Accra Region was a collaboration between WEI, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves & Fuels (GHACCO) and the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The Sarpeiman program took place at the chiefs’ Palace on September 16, while the Asaawa demonstration was held at the Pobi Taxi rank on September 21.

These are the two communities in which the Integrated School Project on Clean Cook Energy (INSPOCCE) Pilot Project is being implemented.

The event brought together the manufacturers of the various improved cookstove brands to exhibit their products and also engage the communities in discussions on the benefits of adopting clean and efficient cookstoves.

The participants were made up of staff from WEI, chief of Sarpeiman, Assemblyman and woman from the two electoral areas and Reps from Amasaman.

Others were GES officials, Municipal education office staff, manufacturers of cookstoves, GHACCO, Teachers and students from the implementing schools and community members.

The Assembly man and woman for the two electoral areas were the conveners for the two fairs.

At each fair, Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey, the Project Coordinator for INSPOCCE engaged participants in discussions on the health, socioeconomic and environmental benefits of using clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels.

Reps from the Education Unit, the assemblyman and woman and GHACCO took turns to address participants and engaged them in discussions on cookstoves and fuels.

Stoves were given away as prizes for people who were able to answer pertinent questions on cookstoves and fuels. For the rest of the program, there was a demonstration on all stoves assembled, which the participants observed with keen interest.

Being an election year, political party hopefuls in the electoral areas came to speak with their constituents, encouraging them to make the switch from the traditional stoves to cleaner and more efficient methods.

They made initial down payments for participants who wanted to transition to using the cleaner and efficient cookstoves.

Convinced about the benefits of the cookstoves, some participants purchased from the variety of products on sale.

The INSPOCCE Project Coordinator noted: “Cooking a meal is a major global health and environmental issue, as well as a significant barrier to sustainable economic development”.

“Though cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies have been developed, they are often out of reach for families in developing countries due to cost or lack of availability in their local marketplace”.

She added: “demonstration fairs such as this would help to get prospective users of cookstoves interested and excited about the product. It is also an effective way of addressing their specific product-related concerns”.

The literature on clean energy indicates: “These stoves can help accomplish many international development objectives, such as improving health; reducing environmental degradation; mitigating climate change; fostering economic growth; and empowering women”.

Founded in 1951, WEI works to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, and has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States.

GHACCO is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

GES, is the body responsible for the coordination of the national education policy on pre-tertiary education.