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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015

Submitted by: MADACOMPOST
Treatment and recycling of municipal waste

The project is located in Mahajanga, the third biggest city of Madagascar, which has 300,000 inhabitants, a high level of poverty, a high unemployment rate, low wages (the average salary is around 30 € per month), and insecure housing due to flooding during the rainy season. In the early 2000’s, Mahajanga suffered from plague and cholera attributable to the municipal waste management system leaving the majority of waste in the streets, being burnt by the citizens, buried or thrown in the sea. Some waste from the city center was left in an inappropriate landfill where informal people tried to make a living by picking up valuable waste among rats and dogs. The site was emitting a lot of methane. The municipality didn’t have both human and financial resources to set up a better waste management system. Two engineers from Gevalor started the project with a modest composting unit supplied with Mahajanga’s municipal waste (75% of organic waste). Madacompost Sarl, in partnership with the Municipality of Mahajanga and other NGOs has been recycling, following the circular economy principles, urban waste and operate the landfill of Mahajanga since 2012. Madacompost treats around 7,000 tons of urban waste per year and produces innovative products from it: 1,500 tons per year of Komposteco, a compost made from municipal organic waste; 1,000 m² per year of Plasteco, building materials (pavements and bricks) made from sand plastic bags from the solid municipal waste; 10 tons per year of Briketeco, an alternative charcoal made from wood waste and 50 tons per year of Korneco, an organic nitrogen fertilizer made from grinded zebus horns and hoofs. These activities generate hundred jobs and reduce important methane emission through composting: So far, 15,312 tons of waste were treated, 20,300 tons of CO2 emissions avoided and 58,000 kg of plastic bags were removed from landscapes and recycled. Moreover, these activities diminish the final volume of waste which multiplies by four the lifetime of the municipal landfill.



Protect and enhance your environment!

Mihajasoa ANDRIAMIADANA

Jury-Rating
In the early 2000’s, Mahajanga, the third biggest city of Madagascar, suffered from plague and cholera attributable to the municipal waste management system leaving the majority of waste in the streets, being burnt by the citizens, buried or thrown in the sea. Some waste from the city center was left in an inappropriate landfill where informal people tried to make a living by picking up valuable waste among rats and dogs. The site was emitting a lot of methane. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Madagascar treats around 7,000 tons of urban waste per year and produces innovative products like alternative charcoal, organic nitrogen fertilizer or building materials from it. Congratulations to this great initiative!