First waste-to-energy plant in Ethiopia
Reppie waste-to-energy project
In 2017, more than a hundred people died in a trash dump in Koshe, in Ethiopia, therefore the government decided to act against those trash dump, so those places wouldn’t be house to hundred of Ethiopians anymore. They created the Reppie waste-to-energy project in 2018.
Their goal is to revolutionize waste management practices in the country by building plants which will incinerate 1,400 tons of waste daily which represents 80% of the city’s waste. The good thing about the plant is that the electricity generated will supply nearby residents with about 30% of their household energy needs.
In 2019, disputes between Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and two contractors led the plant to cease operations after its inauguration. Currently, they plan to take over the activities of the Reppie waste recovery plant.
“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. We hope that Reppie will serve as a model for other countries in the region, and around the world.” Zerubabel Getachew, Ethiopia’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.
Waste-to-energy plants are already popular in Europe. In France, there are 126 waste-to-energy plants. In Germany, there are 121. But this is a first for Africa where waste management is a big challenge. Some regions still struggle with the management of waste which can lead to flooding and diseases.
Sources: The Mind Unleashed & South Coast Herald Mail
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