Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant has been built in Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Kosche landfill site, the largest in the country covering the size of 36 football pitches, has been transformed into a waste-to-energy plant.
The transformation makes Kosche Africa’s first waste-to-energy site, and follows the death of 114 people who were searching for rubbish last year.
The Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project has enabled to the site to dispose of 1,400 tonnes of waste per day, accounting for 80% of Addis Ababa’s landfill generation.
Through burning rubbish, the heat generated boils water in turn creating steam to power turbines.
The plant can generate enough power to supply households with 30% of their electricity needs, and will conform to European air emission standards.
The project also aims to create more space for Addis Ababa, and well as reducing carbon emissions with renewable energy generation, and the reduction of toxic chemicals released into groundwater.
“The Reppie project is just one component of Ethiopia’s broader strategy to address pollution and embrace renewable energy across all sectors of the economy,” remarked the country’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Zerubbabel Getachew, last year.
“We hope that Reppie will serve as a model for other countries in the region, and around the world.”
In Europe, waste-to-management is quite popular, with France having 126 plants, Germany having 121, and Italy having 40.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.