By Tendai Guvamombe
Land reclamation, zero waste to landfill and the ability to trap methane gas into a renewable source of energy, is now the new reality at Pomona Dump site.
The choreographed project design directly speaks to renewable energy policy, national energy efficiency and low emissions development strategy. These are the pieces of legislation enacted to address a plethora of challenges ranging from waste, energy and environmental issues.
The case of Pomona was long overdue and the coming of Geo Pomona Waste Management into play, undoubtedly kindled a light of hope.
A Media Tour at the site, organized by Zimbabwe National Editors Forum(ZNEF) last week Friday was a showcased opportunity for scribes to witness the current settings at the dump site.
The project will on the long run feed into Zimbabwe’s Climate Change programming.
Trapping of the methane gas through the establishment of a modern power plant will contribute towards carbon emissions reduction.
This will inevitably capture the interest of Climate change activists who witnessed President Mnangagwa’s speech at COP 26 in Glasgow. He alerted the whole world that Zimbabwe had put in place green pathways and is now ready for green investments.
The current project at Pomona vindicates Zimbabwe’s commitment to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC).
The country is a signatory to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change of 2015 which binds member states on global emissions reduction.
According to Geo Pomona Waste Management Chairman Delish Nguwaya, the Project has the potential of reducing carbon emissions and at the same time ensuring creation of green jobs.
“The establishment of the modern power plant will help to generate power and at the sametime ensuring the reduction of carbon emissions. One of the fundamental areas, anchors on the creation of both direct and indirect green jobs. The project is expected to employee more than 500 people.”
The land reclamation at the site will result in the creation of a green park that will also contribute towards the growth of domestic tourism in the country.