Lagos state generate electricity from dumpsites

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Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has set in motion plans to start electricity generation from landfill sites across the state. The LAWMA Managing Director, Mr. Ola Oresanya, made this disclosure during a stakeholders’ meeting tagged: ‘Landfill Gas Recovery and Utilization Project At Abule-Egba, Olushosun and Solous Landfills’, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), African Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) and Standard Bank, at Simpson Transfer Loading Station.The stakeholders’ meeting was part of the process of developing and registering a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol managed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the LAWMA boss, several human activities had resulted in climate change, which had become a universal challenge with attendant environmental hazards. He said the Kyoto Protocol being managed under the UNFCCC, an international environmental treaty, was aimed at fighting global warming and stabilizing atmospheric concentration of hazardous gases (Greenhouse Gases). He said one of the methods for achieving emission reduction target under the protocol was implementing CDM projects, adding that the proposed project was a step towards saving the world from apparent and imminent danger. “Part of the criteria for the CDM registration is the organisation of a stakeholders’ meeting with the aim of sensitizing the public on the impact of the project,” he said. Oresanya noted that one of the objectives of the CDM projects in Lagos, include capturing of methane generated from waste, utilizing it methane for electricity, preventing the release of hazardous gases into the environment, reducing Lagos carbon footprint and compliance with international standards on environmental governance. Lagos, he said, had a unique opportunity to improve municipal solid waste management and reduce its carbon footprint through Closure, Collection and Utilization of Landfill Gas (LFG) captured at existing landfills. He further explained that the agency was about to implement the Phase one of the project, which would comprise a pre-engineering design, under a consultancy contract. The project, Oresanya said, would commence in February 2011 and would be completed within 12 and 18 months. The phase two of the project, Oresanya said, would involve the downstream sector, with most of the activities centered on the 20-landfill sites to be located in various parts of the state. The LAWMA boss disclosed that about 20, 000 metric tonnes of waste were being projected from the sites daily, explaining that about a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1000 metric tonnes would be targeted daily from each of the sites. “The impact of re-engineering of waste management started about eight years ago in Lagos. It has been successful with the evidence reflecting in the clean status of Lagos streets. We brought in the PSP operators to help in this area.” “Now, we are taking it to the next level. In this second phase, we will integrate international best practise to get the best. We have started by ensuring that all our trucks are low emission vehicles. One of the waste to energy plant would be sited here to generate electricity to neighbouring communities and the Third Mainland Bridge,” he said.

SUN NIGERIA

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