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Lafarge Zambia PLC embarks on energy
28th October 2020
LAFARGE Zambia PLC has embarked on a programme of energy recovery from
waste where it will be recycling waste and convert it into energy.
During the Renewable Energies Press Conference which was held at Mulungushi
International Conference Centre in Lusaka yesterday, Lafarge revealed that the
programme will help to mitigate climate change as well as help the country to save
on the foreign currency as there will be no need to export waste to other countries.
“In terms of energy recovery, we do what we call thermal substitution. So, we are
trying to substitute material like coal which is a wasting asset with renewable sources
of energy such as municipal waste and other biomass waste. Technically, we are
also contributing to mitigating climate change in terms of using material that is using
material that is less polluting like renewable energy sources such as biomass,”
The company said the project will also help the country save on resources such as
foreign currency because there will be no need for companies to export waste for
Power Shortages Offer Room For Investment,
Nkhuwa Rallies Energy Investors
27th October 2020
Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa has called on investors to take advantage of
the country’s power deficit to invest in the energy sector, saying Zambia is
among the lowest in the sub-‐Saharan Africa in terms of access to electricity
Nkhuwa said this during the official opening of a two-‐day conference on
renewable energy in Zambia organised by the French-‐Zambia Chamber of
The Energy Minister said the low rate of access to electricity services coupled
with demand for electricity projected at about 150 to 200 megawatts per
annum presents a huge task to Government.
He says it is also a great opportunity for the private Sector to exploit the
business opportunities available in the energy sector.
And outgoing French Ambassador to Zambia Sylvain Berger said the French
Government is interested in assisting the country to address its energy
challenges as France has several companies that can provide alternative
sources of energy solutions.
Meanwhile, European Union Ambassador to Zambia Jacek Jankowski said
finding solutions to energy challenges is key in addressing inequalities in the
Jankowski said despite the huge solar energy potential in the country,
penetration remains low due to factors such as non-‐cost reflective tariffs and
non-‐ attractive incentives to invest in the sector.
And Zambian Ambassador to France, Christine Kaseba-‐Sata said French
business companies are responding to Government’s call to invest in the
energy sector in Zambia.
Meanwhile, French-‐Zambia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Alexandre Degre said there is urgent need to shift from other sources of
energy to renewable. -‐ZNBC
Tech Watch News
LOCAL TECHNOLOGY, RENEWABLE ENERGY TAKE
CENTRE STAGE AT ZAMBIA, FRANCE SUMMIT
28th October 2020
A two-‐day conference has opened in Lusaka with the aim of improving Zambia’s energy
sector and the lives of people through technology and renewable energy.
Minister of Energy Matthews Nkhuwa, who opened the event yesterday, said the
conference is a great initiative to partner with the French investors to unlock investment
opportunities in the country with the theme:Renewable Energy in Zambia, Opportunities
for France and Zambian companies.
“Government will continue enhancing renewable energy on grid and off grid with French
companies that have partnered with Zambia to increase energy sector”, he said.
The Minister noted that French investors have the know-‐how, technology and resources
adding that with load shedding there is a possibility of reducing deforestation especially in
“With the French investors we are assured of reducing deforestation which has been
contributing to climate change and enhance to the use of solar energy”, Mr Nkhuwa added.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to France Dr Christine Kaseba Sata urged the private investors to
continue investing in energy investments.
“Energy is not constant but dynamic, I urge investors to look to Zambia to invest their
energy investments as Zambia is capable of producing renewable energy”,she urged.
Dr Kaseba further applauded the French companies for responding positively and those
that are already operating in the country such as solar power investors.
“Our women should stop depending on firewood which is unsustainable, I therefore urge
investors to look to rural areas and facilitate rural people on the use of solar energy”, she
Daily Nation Zambia
PRIVATE SECTOR ENCOURAGED TO INVEST IN ZAMBIA’S ENERGY SECTOR
29th October 2020
....As Lafarge’s Geocycle brand thrives at broadening its customer client base
Minister of Energy Hon. Matthew Nkhuwa has urged investors to harness Zambia’s enabling
environment to invest in the Energy sector.
Speaking during the Renewable Energy 2020 conference in Lusaka Hon. Nkhuwa encouraged
the private Sector to exploit the business opportunities available in the energy sector.
He said this was because the low rate of access to electricity services coupled with demand
for electricity projected at about 150 to 200 megawatts per annum presented a huge task to
Meanwhile Lafarge says it’s Geocycle brand has scored a track record of ensuring complete ,
continuous regulatory compliance with regulatory bodies such as Zambia Environmental
Management Agency ( ZEMA ) in achieving the highest standards in health & safety.
Lafarge Acting CEO said the company’s state-‐of-‐the-‐ art facilities have also been subject to
frequent and rigorous internal and external audits .
“Our state-‐of-‐the-‐art facilities are subject to frequent and rigorous internal and external
audits at both local and LafargeHolcim group level.” He stated .
He added that the brand has also partnered with another stakeholders that take metal and
electronic components to dispose of the non-‐recyclable plastic component so that nothing
ends up at the landfill.
“We have also helped companies dispose of expired, failed and other hazardous materials.
Ordinarily these materials would have been exported for disposal or illegally dumped within
the country.” He added.
He said Lafarge is currently growing the brand and beginning to gain the trust of its new
“We have some loyal customers on board already. However, we would like to broaden that
customer client base and be the number one waste service providers in the country.”
Zambian Daily Times (Credit Lusaka Sun)
Kaseba-‐Sata urges French investors to explore rural
investment opportunities to create jobs and wealth for
30th October 2020
ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to France Christine Kaseba-‐Sata has urged French companies to
invest beyond the line of rail and capture the rural market as there is still a huge potential
for energy investment.
Dr Kaseba-‐Sata said access to electricity and clean cooking especially in rural areas by far
contributed to reducing pollution related diseases due to the traditional use of biomass.
Unfortunately, she said, the use of biomass for energy in emerging economies, Zambia
inclusive, had continued to increase which was not only a public health risk, but also a threat
to the sustainability of the environment.
She was speaking recently in Lusaka at the Renewable Energy in Zambia Conference under
the theme “Opportunities for French and Zambian companies.”
“Our women in rural areas spend time harvesting fuel wood which is unsustainable and in
the process, they lose their productive time
“I, however, do acknowledge that some French companies are already in the rural areas
investing in off-‐grid solutions. This is a testimony that even in the rural areas, energy
business is possible,” Dr Kaseba-‐Sata said. She also said renewables were expected to lead
Zambia’s energy consumption growth.
Dr Kaseba-‐Sata said access to modern energy was a central pillar in reducing poverty and
support economic development in many emerging economies.
She testified how the diversification of the energy mix had changed the energy landscape in
most countries especially in Europe.
“Just last month, Portugal’s latest solar auction closed with the world record-‐breaking low
price of US$13.12 per megawatt hour or 1.31 cents per kilowatt hour. Obviously, conditions
are much different between Europe and Africa, but this is an indication that solar energy is
promoting a reduction in the cost of electricity.
“As such, I look forward in more solar energy power projects that would arise from our
discussions today. Equally, I look forward for other renewable energy projects such as
geothermal and wind power,” Dr Kaseba-‐Sata said.
Credit: Lusaka Sun