The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources will partner with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to carry out studies in Lake Victoria basin and Nairobi to identify solutions to waste and hyacinth infestation challenges.
This was agreed between the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Ali D. Mohamed and the UNIDO representative for Kenya and Eritrea Mr.Ola Attera after a consultative meeting at the end of two day visit by an Indian team of energy experts.
The three experts demonstrated to Nairobi and Kisumu stakeholders the technologies to utilize solid waste to create energy and water hyacinth to biogas and related products.
Mr. Mohamed noted that the government would buy biogas units for demonstration to the public and other stakeholders so that it can attract Public Private Partnerships to address waste and energy needs.
The three experts Prof. V.K. Damodaran, Mr. M.R. Mahadevan and George Mathew demonstrated the technologies which are operational in India and South Korea which they noted could be replicated in Kenya
Mr. Mohamed noted that the gasifier technology to utilize solid waste for power generation would greatly address the challenges facing many urban centres in the country.
In kisumu the City clerk Mr. Ole Nkere observed that the City was ready to embrace technology but appealed for Private partnerships due to the cost outlay involved.
He noted that there was need to start waste segregation for the success of the initiative .
The team was conducted around by the Ministry’s Senior Director of Administration Mr. Paul Olando, Environment secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia and the deputy director of projects, programmes and strategic initiatives Mr. Sunya Orre.
A the stakeholders forums it was noted that compacting of waste resulted to pollution of water bodies while incineration was expensive and caused pollution to the atmosphere.