WASTE TO CLEAN ENERGY… Closing the loop

Lead Organization: Cordaid
Partners: Muni University, Wageningen University and Research, Semilla Sanitation, SkillEd, Caritas Arua Diocese
Duration: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Goal: The Waste to Clean Energy project builds a full-fledged closed loop solution for biogas, compost and regreening in Arua area, and ensures that all activities can sustainably managed and operated by local entrepreneurs and the community.
Highlight: There have been many solutions attempting to provide renewable energy solutions in refugee settlements. Most of these solutions however, have not been sustainable. The “Waste to Clean Air” approach offers a circular, closed loop solution to the challenge of renewable energy, through combining sanitation and waste treatment to produce biogas and compost within a modular and mobile system.

Through a circular closed loop project, the consortium addresses the challenge by introducing easily accessible and affordable biogas to reduce distances refugees and host communities (especially women and girls), walk to source energy. The faecal sludge is collected out of pit latrines, treated in a modular decentralized containerized solution with a biodigester to generate biogas for cooking. The consortium will set up a treatment plant that will turn fecal sludge of 15,000 refugees into 90 m3 of CH4or 300 kWh per day. The residue be mixed with organic matter; food and animal waste collected by entrepreneurs and turn these into compost. The project will equip community members with skills to operate and maintain the treatment plant and so it will create employment opportunities for the local youth. The plant will provide entrepreneurship skills to create more employment opportunities for the community through sell of biogas and compost and provide after sales services. This will strengthen the private sector in Imvepi by increasing the purchasing power of the community and enabling refugees to cover their bills for energy and other household needs. The project will provide full time availability of low-cost biogas which will reduce the risk of refugees skipping meals. Use of biogas will enable refugee women and girls to cook meals safely thereby preventing respiratory illnesses.



Contact lead organization Cordaid
Lilian Asabe
E: Lilian.Asaba@cordaid.org