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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa)

Why Green Industrialization Makes Sense for Africa

At the launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2016: Greening Africa's Industrialization in Lusaka, Zambia, the presenters remarked that "Africa, as a late latecomer to industrialization, can avoid the default industrialization paradigm characterized by a "heavy reliance on natural resources, low productivity, high energy and material intensities" that contributes to the "high production costs that undermine the global competitiveness of Africa's industrial sector." Instead the continent "has a big opportunity to adopt alternative economic development-led pathways to industrialization, which in the long run "would be cheaper, more efficient and productivity enhancing." More about the ECA in this BRIEFING

Ethiopia is building Africa's first waste-to-energy plant where the city's rubbish will be burned at a temperature of up to 1,800 degrees Celsius and converted into electricity. When completed, the plant will process over 1,400 tons of waste every day and produce over 185 million KW of electricity to the Ethiopian national grid. Development, Design and Construction of the project is conducted by Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) and its partner China National Electric Engineering Co (CNEEC).



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