On his part the UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Balazs Horvath noted that; The project was meant to demonstrate an alternative way of increasing renewables in the energy mix as well as managing waste in an effective and efficient manner. He said this has been achieved through support towards development of policy, regulatory and standards to improve compliance to requirements in the environment space, piloting of demonstration sites and development of knowledge products to share and disseminate information widely.
Balazs added in his remarks that the work of the UNDP, is centered around supporting countries to achieve the SDGs through integrated solutions. He said, “In particular, and for the BIOGAS project we support attainment of SDG 7 which speaks of affording clean and renewable energy to all, and SDG 13 which highlights the need to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.
He also explained that, “Achieving the SDGs requires partnership between the governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. This remains a key activity for UNDP as continue to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal Road Map for Botswana”.
He added that through initiatives targeted at transitioning towards the phase-out of coal, curtailing deforestation, speeding up the switch to electric vehicles and encouragement of investment in renewables- these goals are possible, even for Botswana. Balazs reaffirmed UNDPs commitment to support the government of Botswana, the relevant ministries as they work towards achievement of these goals.
“The Covid19 pandemic has been a huge challenge the world over and continues to cause devastation around the world. However, as our population continues to receive more and more vaccines, as the death rate reduces and as we slowly recover from the pandemic, I am looking forward to building forward much better, cleaner and greener than ever before”, Balazs.
BIOGAS PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS.
1. Development of Biogas Standards
2. Development of Biofuel Standards
3. Upgrade of Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT)
4. Development of Integrated Waste Management Bill (IWMB)
5. Training of 70 small-scale digester masons
6. Construction of 200 small-scale digesters
7. Capacitation of 16 trainers on biogas construction in 6 vocational training centres (VTCs)
8. Development of curriculum for training of biogas digester masons
9. Development of feasibility study report for medium scale digester for Botswana Meat Commission
10. Development of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Botswana Meat Commission
11. Undertaking of Wastepaper Recovery Pilot Study at the Government Enclave
12. Undertaking of Wastewater Pilot Study from 6 selected industries
13. Development of knowledge management products for biogas technology
14. Development of Biogas Innovative Data Collection Pilot