LAWMA WOOS INVESTORS ON WASTE-TO-WEALTH 2012 By Press Unit
Stakeholders in the public, private sectors, academia and governments, at all levels have been enjoined to key into the Lagos State Government’s Landfill Gas Recovery and Utilisation Project.
The appeal came from the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya, while flagging off a stakeholders’ meeting held in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), African Carbon Asset Development (ACAD), at the Simpson Transfer Loading Station in Lagos.
The meeting is a follow-up to the take-off in February, 2011 of the process of developing and registering a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto protocol - a treaty under the supervision of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The LAWMA boss, on the occasion, announced the take off of the Phase 1 of the plan for integrated solid waste management project through a 20-year concession and agreement with the Private Sector, thus facilitating a win-win, closure, collection and utilization of Landfill Gas, at the existing dumpsites.
He said that the project has the potential of capturing methane gas from waste, utilising it for electricity, preventing the release of harmful gases, creating jobs and wealth, thus opening up investment portfolios which will promote market-based effective waste management.
Mr. Oresanya disclosed that the first phase of the project will begin with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) at Olusosun, Abule-Egba and Soulous Landfill Sites.
It is projected that 1000 tonnes of waste generated from a Landfill Site could generate electricity that could illuminate the Third Mainland Bridge and its neighbourhoods.