Agunyo says the platform is important because it will be one-stop centre on waste management and also help the ministry collect data on how much organic waste is produced in the country and how much can be generated into biogas energy.
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has launched an online
national stakeholder platform on integrated waste management.
The platform was launched on Friday during the end of year board meeting
for the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on Integrated
Waste Management and Biogas Project.
initiative is a result of stakeholders noting the huge information gap
among citizens and the general public on waste management and the need
to convert organic waste into biogas energy.
is renewable energy produced from organic materials by bacteria in an
environment without oxygen. These organic materials include manure,
plants, sewerage, agricultural waste or food waste such as matooke peels
Now, the key stakeholders include; Ministries of energy, local
government, agriculture, finance, water, National Water and Sewerage
Corporation-NSWC and city leaders.
Also, United Nations
Development Programme-UNDP, Kampala Capital City Authority - KCCA,
Electricity Regulatory Authority- ERA, Urban Authorities Association of
Uganda and Kakira Sugar Works Limited are involved.
Agunyo, the project manager, says the national stakeholder platform will
be used to provide information and education materials regarding the
project to address the current information gap.
says the platform is important because it will be a one-stop centre on
waste management and also help the ministry collect data on how much
organic waste is produced in the country and how much can be generated
into biogas energy.
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explains that the project to cost a total of over 3 million US Dollars,
(about Uganda shillings 11 billion) commenced in September 2018 and
will end in August 2023. Global Environment Facility and UNDP are
funding the project.
The project's main objective is to
improve waste management practices in towns and municipalities through
an integrated waste management system for organic municipal solid waste,
agro-processing and industrial waste, sewerage sludge and waste water
for biogas energy generation.
Agunyo says the project will be piloted in the five cities of Jinja,
Mbarara, Kampala, Mbale and Masaka and two feasibility studies will be
carried out in the next one year for two biogas demonstration plants at
KCCA and NWSC.
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Daniel Omodo Mcmondo, the Programme Analyst Energy and Environment at
UNDP, says biogas production will help improve on incomes of
beneficiaries and will also protect the environment by mitigating
emission of greenhouse gases from burning organic materials.
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Micheal Ahimbisibwe, the Acting Principal Energy Officer at the energy
ministry, says that the project aims at generating 2.9 megawatts of
biogas energy in addition to hydro and thermal energy sources in
Uganda's national grid.
He adds that biogas energy is a much
cheaper source compared to hydropower and as a result, the public should
embrace the project.
Ahimbisibwe adds that the online
platform aims at attracting more funders and investors for the
sustainability of project and even after the completion period.
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adds that the energy ministry and National Environment Management
Authority-NEMA are working closely with the five cities to develop
integrated waste management plans because each city has its own scheme
at the moment.
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