Eco-Industrial Solutions (Pty) Ltd (EIS) was established to create an innovative industrial park combined with a nature park in the northern area of Limpopo. The Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP) will be Africa’s first zero solid-waste eco-industrial park.
Interview with Webster Mfebe, Board Chair of Eco-Industrial Solutions and the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park, the world’s first zero solid waste eco-industrial park, outlines the steps to be taken to create the ground-breaking Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park.
Industry Nurturing Nature
by Jonathan Dyble and Josh Mann
November 2018 Issue 67
Eco-industrial development has become a hot topic in the past decade. Encompassing a broad range of environmentally sustainable solutions, addressing anything from water pollution to energy management to air quality, the term has been pushed to the top of the agenda for the private and public sector alike.
However, whilst a number of regions have been heralded for their innovative eco-friendly concepts, such as Singapore with its buildings that blend with nature, the African continent continues to lag behind the rest of the world on this front.
South Africa alone emits millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, largely down to its continued reliance on coal-fired power plants. In response, the national government has revealed that it is looking to reduce harmful emissions by 34 percent by 2020, an initiative that will require coordinated action from all influential parties.
Eco-Industrial Solutions (Pty) Ltd (EIS), in particular, is one company that is likely to play a crucial role in facilitating these changes.
“EIS’s slogan is ‘industry nurturing nature’, a motto that outlines its vision of finding techno-economically viable solutions to the challenges facing humanity today, and of promoting industrialisation in a way that is beneficial to local communities as well as the environment,” says Deshika Kathawaroo, CEO of EIS.
In pursuit of this inspiration, the firm is working to develop the first zero solid-waste eco-industrial park in Africa, known as the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP). Read the full article on Africa Outlooks webpage and on Africa Outlook Brochure on LEIP.
by John Holliman
21st January 2020
Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park is an innovative project that demonstrates a sustainable path to the future. Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP) will be the world’s first eco-industrial park to practically produce zero solid-waste.
The park will feature heavy and light industries including metals and minerals beneficiation, organic agriculture, agri-processing and many related SMMEs, integrated with a nature park and two eco-housing complexes. These are all facilities that produce waste as a matter of course, some of which can be recycled but most waste typically ends up in landfills.
“Based on the principles of industrial ecology, the LEIP aims to emulate nature by closing the waste loop.
It’s designed as a closed-loop by using plasma waste gasification to vaporise solid-waste at around 2,000 degrees Celsius, leaving a vitrified slag that will be utilised as construction material, and producing syngas for power and manufacturing,” explains project board chair Webster Mfebe.
“Plasma gasification is a service that will be provided to all LEIP tenants. Noxious and toxic waste gas emissions will not be flared but will also be gasified to reduce all hazardous elements to their
basic molecules, which can then form part of the syngas stream.”
Continue reading the full article on Business Focus Magazine.
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