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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE SIGNS GRANT AGREEMENT WITH GERMANY FOR ASHANTI ENERGY PROJECT

Business & Economy

Ghana has signed a €5.026 million grant agreement with Germany to build a community waste-to-energy project in the Ashanti Region.

Ghana has signed a €5.026 million grant agreement with Germany to build a community waste-to-energy project in the Ashanti Region.

 

Work on the 400KW demonstration project, which will use a hybrid solar photovoltaic cell, biogas and pyrolysis plant to generate electricity from domestic waste, will begin on October 1 this year and is expected to be complete by November 30 2023.

Jobs and incomes

Apart from contributing to sustainable solutions to the waste and energy challenges in the country, the project will create more than 50 jobs for Ghanaians.

Successful implementation of the project will make way for ten more to be established in the country.

The Minister of the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, signed the agreement for Ghana while the German Minister of Education and Research, Ms Anja Karliczek, initialled for Germany.

Anti-galamsey

There are six partner research institutions from Ghana involved in the project and three from Germany.

Professor Frimpong-Boateng expressed gratitude to Germany for the support it continues to provide Ghana.

“Today, I wish to further thank the Government of Germany for the grant to establish a community renewable energy project. We will ensure that this project is successfully implemented for the benefit of the people at the local level,” he said.

The Minister said land management and biodiversity are potential areas for further co-operation with Germany. He pointed out that Ghana is committed to reclaiming degraded land and restoring water bodies polluted through illegal small-scale mining.

“We have strengthened our monitoring systems for illegal small-scale mining and have augmented monitoring systems with modern technology for real-time information,” he said.

Waste not

The German Education Minister is hopeful that the project will be successful and will help Ghana address its energy and sanitation needs.

“We are tackling two urgent challenges in Ghana together: waste and energy. We learn that every day 12,000 tonnes of municipal waste is produced in Ghana and is inadequately processed,” Ms Karliczek said.

Inadequate treatment of waste has serious consequences, the Minister said, especially for people’s health and for the environment.

Ms Karliczek also observed that domestic waste is responsible for roughly one-quarter of all greenhouse-gas emissions and “that does not include the tonnes of waste which wash up on Ghana’s coasts”.

Innovation

The German Minister said collaboration between experts from both countries will provide innovative solutions to the challenges.

What makes the coming project special, Ms Karliczek added, is its ability to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and produce fertiliser.

She expressed her gratitude to Professor Frimpong-Boateng for the role he has played in bringing the project to fruition, adding that without his commitment the agreement would not have matured.

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