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Tanga Cement forms Fuel Switch Programme with UNDP in Tanzania

Summary

Tanga Cement adopted a Fuel Switch Programme and has identified agriculture waste as biomass fuel – initially cashew waste but other possible sources include Jatropha and Coconut. They hope to achieve poverty reduction through employment creation and local economic development.

Tanga Cement is determined to adopt alternative fuel resources, since cashew nuts and other crops in the region offer great possibilities for biomass supply. However, processing plants are located in the capital, which increase transportation costs and hampers a sustainable and cost-efficient supply of biomass waste. The local population relies on agriculture for livelihood opportunities.

Tanga Cement adopts a Fuel Switch Programme and has identified agriculture waste as biomass fuel – initially cashew waste but other possible sources include Jatropha and Coconut. The project sets up small holder farms, a processing operation as well as biomass waste management facilities in Tanga. Tanga Cement is determined to use biomass as alternative fuel in their cement kilns.

Tanga Cement, Biomass Energy Tanzania Ltd. want to improved environment through promotion of alternative energy resources, improved cost-efficiency for Tanga Cement’s energy needs, increase local economic development through creating biomass business/markets and help the rural population and Tanga Cement/Holcim.