In its commitment to reducing carbon dioxide and curtail the effect of greenhouse gases derivable mainly from gaseous emissions and industrial pollution, Lafarge Africa Plc has signed an agreement with the Ogun state Ministry of Forestry on the project that will allow processing and conversion of agro-forestry waste to energy.
The Regional Vice-President, Industrial Ecology, Middle East and Africa, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Pierre Delcroix, said this in Abeokuta at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the state government on the project.
He noted that the project was aimed at reducing the effect of greehouse gases through the usage of agro-forestry residues to fire cement plants instead of gas. The company has undertaken such a project in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. This form of energy option will make for a situation that will ensure the re-generation of the almost depleted state forest reserves, training of farmers on modern farming methods and general investment in agro-forestry in order to have enough waste that will fire industrial plants instead of gas.
He explained that the project would commence in January, 2015 in the state with the feasibilty studies that would lead to afforestation and plantation of agricultural produce from which waste and residues would later be generated to produce biomas for energy production. He said, “We have the capacity to treat the waste and generate electricity. This is what I call circular economy; the waste of somebody is the energy of somebody else. “With that, we will use less gas. The project will make us use biomas instead of gas to power our plants, so it is a win-win situation between government and us.
“What is amazing is that we don’t generate Co2 with that project and that will not affect climate. Secondly, we will develop agricultural sector because we will buy residues from farmers, that will bring additional revenue. “Our collaboration with Ogun state is to study the land degraded and know what we are going to do to curtail climate change effects”.
The Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Adebayo Fari, said the project was for the sustainability of the environment because it would use agro-forestry residues and other waste to generate energy in such a way that would not affect atmosphere and environment. He said, “Apart from this, it will create jobs for the teeming people of the state. The government will ensure the project succeeds.”
He said, “You know our forest reserves have been degraded and they are going to plant a lot of trees there. They will do agro-forestry and that will create jobs and sustainability of environment and in the process, they are going to do a lot of training for our local farmers. So, it is going to produce a lot of benefits to the state.”