Government to award best garbage managers
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 01:00
Government is scrutinising methods used by the Local Government authorities in municipal waste management with the best standing to win a reward of Shs33,000 per metric tonne of carbondioxide.
The new campaign started under Clean Development Projects is being implemented by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change, Regional Collaboration Center, East African Development Bank and Gesellshaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The move is aimed at reducing gas emissions into the atmosphere.
“In this new campaign, the partners help us in training stakeholders in proper garbage management and we reward the emission-reduction projects with tradable credits which are sold to industrialised countries with emission-reduction commitments,” Dr Gerald Saula, the NEMA deputy executive director, said Tuesday.
He said municipalities participating in the Clean Development mechanism where garbage is turned into manure for sale like Mukono, Jinja, Mbale, Kasese, Fort-Portal and Lira, among others will, be aided by NEMA to sell their certified emission reductions to World Bank.
The Daily Monitor has learnt that government negotiated with World Bank to buy every metric tonne of carbondioxide at $13 (about Shs33,800).
Giz Deputy Programme Director Ina Hommers said they have started training people from municipalities, private sector and other stakeholders to provide a broad-based, up to date knowledge of Clean Development Mechanisms and its rules and regulations.
“It also undertakes to avail them with an opportunity to better appreciate practical application of concepts to actual projects and increase awareness on how projects can reduce the time it takes to realise carbon credit benefits like air quality through proper waste management, job creation and income generation from sale of compost as fertilizers,” she said.
She said they still face challenges of technical capacity to carry out component project activities.
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was established by Kyoto protocol to the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change to help developing countries achieve their emission limitations targets in a flexible and least cost manner while supporting sustainable development.