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Water efficiency audit results published for top 10 companies in Zimbabwe

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By Melody Mzapi

THE government of Zimbabwe said engineers have the potential to achieve potential water cost-savings through recycling wastewater at a conference held in Bulawayo.

In an address by the climate change mitigation officer Lawrence Mashungu, the engineers learnt an audit of ten companies revealed results that a total of US$130 000 from the US$3.5 million charges would have been saved through recycling wastewater.

“One company is making strides regards to the recycling of wastewater,” says Mashungu.

The conference attended by stakeholders from the energy and water sector gave an opportunity for engineers to reveal how companies have participated in the adaptation process of innovations in water efficiency management.

“Our company so far is purifying water wastewater to be used in watering the gardens, lawns and trees for the benefit of the surrounding community,” said the engineer at the conference which ran under the theme “Developing Sustainable Solutions to empower the future”.

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Climate Change

Chinese and Zimbabweans partner on waste circular economy

The waste circular economy hub drivers are responsible for promoting the reuse and recycling of different materials including plastics for a cleaner environment.

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By Melody Mzapi

A group of Zimbabweans has partnered with a waste circular economy hub drivers in China in advancing the goals of the Paris agreement on Climate Change which calls for countries in the pact to communicate their efforts in investing in a sustainable low carbon future.

The partnership runs under “#The Belt and Road Workshop on Climate Change and Green and low-carbon development policies and actions” hosted by the Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China and organised by Foreign Environment Cooperation Centre of Ministry of Ecology and Environment in Beijing, China.

Its intended outcomes include the establishment of green bankable projects like waste to energy, green city development, technology transfer and unlocking green funding networks for capacity building and infrastructural on atmospheric GHGs in industrial parks in Zimbabwe.

The waste circular economy hub drivers are responsible for promoting the reuse and recycling of different materials including plastics for a cleaner environment. Planting of trees in the waste circular economy will see a considerable amount of green house gases being sequestrated for a low emission development strategy required by countries in the Paris Agreement Pact to communicate their Nationally Determined Contributions schedule.

The partnership, according to the Nationally Determined Contributions Committee Chairman, Doctor Charles Mabika, will see the two countries sharing knowledge on mitigating effects of climate change through human-induced factors/anthropogenic measures.

Under the Pact, countries committed to reducing the impact to the natural environment by altering the ammount of greenhouse gases and aerosols that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer.

‘Our focus is on Green and low carbon development on mitigation and adaptation,” said Mabika. “We will be looking at our milestones, project challenges and proposed solutions.”

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Cities and Industry

Definition of wetlands redirects landzoning schemes for energy efficiency.

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By Melody Mzapi

Town planners in Zimbabwe’s physical planning department acknowledged that changes in weather patterns influence the shape of land-use zones. This was revealed at a training organized by the Climate Change Department of Zimbabwe.

The training program on promoting waste circular economy innovations was conducted to encourage architects and town planners to explore the feasibility of creating climate-resilient structures in varying weather and climatic conditions.

According to town planner Priscilla Charumbira, landscapes are prone to change calling for effective environmental assessment before allocation to estate entrepreneurs.

“It is difficult to define wetlands but need to define our land uses should be upheld,” said Charumbira.

In a comment during the training, the meteorological department and weather analysis researcher, Alois Tsiga, said most development is occurring in the path of natural disasters. Zimbabwe in years was affected by cyclones in Chimanimani.

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