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Energy Ministry Launches Online National Stakeholder Platform on Waste Management

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.


The 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.

The 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. 

Biogas 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 among others.

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.

Miria 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.

Agunyo 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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She 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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Meanwhile, 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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He 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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