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Nigeria’s 32 million tons of solid waste: A renewable energy goldmine – Expert 



There are 32 million tons of solid waste generated a year in Nigeria and these could be actively recycled to support renewable energy growth in the country.

This is according to Kanayochukwu Odoe, the Managing Director, of NNPC New Energy Limited. He said this during an October 24 interview on the “Energy and You” weekly series organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL).   

In the interview, Odoe discussed the pivotal role of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) in advancing renewable energy goals in Nigeria.

Notably, NNPCL is the first state-owned oil company to join the United Nations Global Compact, signifying its commitment to sustainable practices. 

During the conversation, Odoe emphasized the need for efficient solid waste recycling in Nigeria to facilitate greater adoption of renewable energy.

He pointed out that recycling even a portion of the 32 million tons of solid waste generated annually could significantly reduce the demand for raw materials, as these materials could be sourced from recycling processes. 

Odoe also stressed the importance of government involvement in regulating and implementing policies related to recycling, drawing examples from countries like Rwanda, where plastic bans have proven effective.

He highlighted the necessity of improved management of waste disposal sites to mitigate carbon emissions resulting from haphazard dumping.  

He underscored that while the Climate Change Act addresses such concerns, effective enforcement is crucial. Moreover, Odoe clarified that NNPCL’s decision to join the UN Global Compact reflects its dedication to promoting renewable energy in Nigeria.  

As part of this commitment, the Global Compact will assess Nigeria’s efforts based on key parameters: 

This move signifies NNPCL’s intent to align with international sustainability standards and actively contribute to the development of renewable energy solutions in Nigeria. 

He said: 

The current strategies and partnerships in place, as explained by Odoe, involve collaborative efforts with Kebbi state and energy service company, 3D Hitech Systems Limited.

Their primary goal is to harness the potential of cassava to produce ethanol, which will be blended with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.  

This innovative approach aims to reduce the reliance on traditional fossil fuels and promote sustainable energy sources. Also, Odoe’s office is actively exploring the production of biodiesel.  

They are currently in discussions with the Cross River state government to establish palm plantations for the cultivation of palm oil, which will then be refined into biodiesel.

This biodiesel can be utilized as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional jet fuel. 

In line with these initiatives, they are also considering the implementation of cutting-edge technologies to transform organic compounds, further enhancing their commitment to environmental sustainability and renewable energy solutions.