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Waste to Energy

Small scale shared energy development

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

This idea revolves around the strategy of bringing a slum community together to agree to use all rubbish and organic waste from within the slum and dumped nearby the slum areas to convert into a useful form of energy in a shared community space. Bio gas, which can be used for cooking as well as be converted into electricity via generators, can also be compressed and used as a source of fuel in vehicles. For example, in the UK 17% of vehicles use the compressed natural gas from BIO GAS. As a result of being able to produce their own energy, slum communities’ reliance on external providers will decrease, bringing about less severe hardships during times of electricity and gas load-shedding.

WHO BENEFITS?

People living in slums communities will be benefited.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

As wastage and rubbish becomes a shelter for many diseases, including those caused by mosquitos (such as dengue and malaria), by constructing a shared biogas plant all the rubbish and waste material in surrounding areas will be consumed through the process of making biogas. This not only provides a cleaner environment but also will result in less illness amongst slum-dwellers. Additionally, as the slum community becomes less reliant on external providers of energy, their hardships can be reduced significantly during the summer heat through the provision of their own electricity, or during the winter when gas is in short supply.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Ansaar Management Company (AMC) is a social enterprise taking on the challenge of developing low-income housing in Pakistan. AMC is poised to not only build sustainable housing, but to also manage the critical and complex intricacies of community development.

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