Charting The Way Forward To a Greener West Africa

May 11, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

Green businesses offer products tailored to the needs and requirements of environmentally conscious consumers. They want to consume differently but above all, to forge a new identity: a responsible identity.

Green companies are those that are active in the sectors of waste management, clean energy, green technology, tourism, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and Water - Sanitation - Health.

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Here is a list of some green companies in Africa for you:

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The Senegalese company SIED SARL promotes an innovative toilet called WANAK NOFLAYE. This technology can be installed at household level as well as in public places. Its specificity is that it does not require emptying.

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Created in January 2013, Africa Global Recycling (AGR) is the first company in West Africa which offers communities and businesses a global offer of innovative solutions combining economic and environmental performance.

Environment, Society and Economy are closely linked and interdependent, which is why AGR intends to develop with its clients a "Win-Win" partnership logic, taking into account all social, economic and environmental factors in the planning of their development. .

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The company partners with both small farmers and commercial scale farmers to purchase their agricultural waste. The waste is transformed into high-value organic products: bio-char, bio-fertilizer, food supplement for livestock and fish, and bio-pesticides which are then resold to farmers at low prices to enable them to engage in a sustainable food production. The company further offers soil remediation services and partners with government agricultural offices to organize free livelihood empowerment programs for rural farming communities and awareness programs on sustainable food production.

With these activities, AgriCentric treats agricultural waste from 400 farmers thus preventing the equivalent of 4 tons of CO2 from methane emissions. It also increases the carbon sequestration qualities of the soil through the use of bio-char and reduces the use of synthetic chemicals by agricultural partners by 80%.

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21st Century Initiatives produce eco-plants and eco-pillows from recycled plastic waste, thus strengthening the circular economy. Their activities are the collection of HDPE, PP and LDPE plastic waste, recycling and resale to various recycling companies. They also collect used rubbers and polythene bags from schools, churches, households and institutions and crush them to produce reusable plastic materials. These plastic materials are processed and used as a stuffing for therapeutic bed pillows and neck pillows. Crushed HDPE is also used to make HDPE paving bricks.

The company is also involved in collecting all types of plastic bottles, processing and using them to produce beautiful, sustainable and environmentally friendly artificial flowers and plants. The company serves a wide range of customers, such as recycling companies, hotels, students, pubs, restaurants, churches, households, MMFAs, resorts and amusement parks.

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Garden is paving the way for a whole new organic fertilizer value chain, from the collection of organic waste by specially trained women to selling it to local farmers. Value is added to waste through an innovative, efficient and non-polluting process. Partnerships with local food processing units ensure a continuous flow of raw materials, and production capacity will be increased through the installation of an industrial plant. The green mission of this company, based in Burkina Faso, can be summed up in 3 points:

  • Preserving water bodies by adding value to the hyacinth water.
  • Restore soil fertility by tackling land degradation and water pollution.
  • Limit greenhouse gas emissions while helping to increase carbon sequestration in the soil.
  • NA Energy Solutions Limited (NASL)

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NASL distributes clean stoves to households in slum and downtown areas through an education and delivery model. Through education and community activities, the company uses its sales agents to mobilize women's groups, households, schools and other business ventures in the communities. Users have options for upfront and credit-based payments through mobile money platforms. To fill knowledge and access gaps, NASL engages sales agents and holds cooking competitions to share information and drive demand.

NASL cookers cut cooking time by up to 45 minutes per day and help Ghanaian households save up to $47,000. They also help reduce carbon emissions and deforestation by minimizing the use of charcoal.

Sahelia Solar has developed a new way to deliver solar energy systems to rural cooperatives at a lower price than current fuel-based alternatives, incorporating a pay-as-you-go model and mobile payment options and monitoring. Costs are distributed over time and among users, ensuring equitable access to energy for rural micro-entrepreneurs.

The Burkinabè company offers better energy access to agricultural processing plants. This, combined with a 30% drop in energy prices, allows the mechanization of agro-industrial activities and allows local farmers to become more competitive. This reduces carbon emissions by 2,300 metric tonnes for every 2 MW installed, reduces pollution and health risks associated with traditional fuel-based energy production.

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Farmerline's MERGDATA software reaches farmers with mobile technology tailored to Ghana's local context and shares enabling information in massive amounts in voice or SMS format. Business activities include the licensing of software, survey tools and database to organizations (B2B) as well as the direct sale of content services to farmers (B2F).

Farmerline provides localized data that increases farmers' ability to adapt to climate change, increasingly unpredictable periods of rain and drought, and shows best farming practices. It also allows inventory tracking which reduces inefficiencies and crop waste.

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Nelplast Eco Ghana turns plastic bags, water bags, plastic wrap and containers into pavement slabs and tiles, which last over 35 years and are 800% stronger than regular sidewalk blocks. Plastic waste is transformed through an innovative recycling process to produce new building materials.

The company currently sells to private entities such as individuals, businesses, churches and NGOs.

Netplast increases plastic waste recycling from 2 tonnes to 4 tonnes per day and indirectly improves public health by reducing landfills and streets of plastic waste.

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ALMODO, established in 2005, is a sustainable solid waste management system suitable for low income urban areas where it provides training and waste management services to municipalities and civil societies. It collects, centralizes and ecologically recovers waste which is then transformed into products useful to the local community such as school slate, paving stones, bricks, latrines, organic fertilizers or fuels. ALMODO is innovative because the products are made from waste at source and the equipment and process do not require expertise, and can therefore be used by anyone. ALMODO targets in particular low-income communities that suffer from poor sanitation in their living environment and low purchasing power.

This Nigerian company improves the living environment and public health in cities by tackling sanitation issues, providing a cleaner environment and reducing landfill gas emissions in landfill sites.

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