Completion of a mission in Senegal to investigate the use of alternative fuels in the cement industry in sub-Saharan Africa

Completion of a mission in Senegal to investigate the use of alternative fuels in the cement industry in sub-Saharan Africa

In late August 2016, EXERGIA concluded a mission to Senegal, involving high-level meetings with the Senegalese administration in the environmental sector as well as meetings with Dakar city administration and private players active in waste management and waste logistics chain. The aim of the meetings was to investigate the feasibility of exploiting a variety of waste streams (among which RDF, waste tires, waste oils, sewage sludge, agricultural residues) in substituting conventional fuels in the cement industry. The meetings were attended also by staff of the IFC and the World Bank.

The mission was carried out in the framework of the project “Market Study: Opportunities for the use of alternative fuels in the cement sector in sub-Saharan Africa”. The overall objective of the project is to develop practical business, technical and organizational solutions for the use of Alternative Fuels (AF) by cement companies and clusters in the target countries of Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal, as well as strategies and policies to incentivize the uptake and use of AF. To achieve the stated objective, the project includes a comprehensive market assessment, including projection of potential supply and demand for AF, mapping existing and potential AF supply chains and barriers that prevent AF uptake, with an aim to identify industrial clusters that demonstrate highest potential for implementing sustainable solutions and projects in the AF space.

The mission in Senegal followed similar missions in Nigeria (in May) and Kenya (in July).