Government To Promote The Use Of Biogas Technology In Schools

President John Dramani Mahama has directed the heads of all Senior High Schools and tertiary institutions to convert their septic tanks into bioseptics and the methane generated harnessed for electricity production for cooking the meals of students in the schools.


Hon. Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), who made this known at the celebration of World Environment Day at the Valley View University in Accra last Friday, said the exercise had already begun in earnest and that MESTI would accelerate the process to meet the dead line for the conversion of the facilities of the 550 public boarding SHSs in the country.


Hon. Ayariga said a well co-ordinated national campaign would be launched to convince individual homeowners to also adopt the technology.


He said the government of Ghana, through MESTI and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had developed policies and programs that promoted Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in partnership with the private sector that resulted in a number of Small and Medium Enterprises retooling and adopting Resource Efficiency and Cleaner production in order to reduce environmental impact and becoming socially responsible in the setting of economic goals.


The Executive Director of EPA, Daniel Amlalo, in a statement, announced that EPA, with support from United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), had built the capacity of over eighty (80) Ghanaians in the Agencies, industries to support enterprises to implement Responsible Production (RP) interventions in respect of raw materials use, waste re utilization, water use, energy use.
Mr Amlalo said the EPA would soon implement an EU-funded program called “Switch Africa Green" in Ghana.


The program, he said, would build human capacity as well as entrepreneurial skills for private sector uptake, generate 4000 jobs along the value chain and improve the country's carbon foot print significantly.


Source: ISD (Michelle F. Agbenorto)


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