Waste management expert Zoomlion Ghana Limited has displayed its integrated waste management solutions to world leaders at the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, organised in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The company w has been lauded for its sustainable approach to urban sanitation management, and in a presentation demonstrated to the world leaders and participants how technologies are being deployed to provide sustainable total waste management solutions.
Engineer Ahmed Issahaku, Head of Laboratory and Research of Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited – a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, delivered the presentation and highlighted the various compost and recycling plants, faecal treatment plants, medical waste treatment facilities, temporary haulage centres for solid waste, and provision of technologically-enabled waste-bins as some of the innovations being deployed in the communities of Ghana by Zoomlion and its subsidiaries to help sustainably manage the increasing rate of waste generation as a result of rapid urbanisation.
He said effective urban sanitation management is critical to public health, as the increasing rate of people moving to urban centres demands increased waste management and sanitation infrastructure that meets the unique needs of its people.
A Research Director at Zoomlion, Dr. Kofi Sekyere Boateng – who also spoke as panellist on the topic ‘Development of municipal capacities for urban solid waste management: Strengthening the circular economy and climate protection in cities’ – indicated that improper solid waste management has a negative impact on climate change, hence the need to adopt integrated recycling and compost plants in communities as is being done by Zoomlion in Ghana.
The Secretary General of UN Habitat, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, in an address pointed out that sustainable urbanisation should be a reality.
She encouraged countries present to adopt the culture of change, which is a critical element in urban development. “What worked yesterday may not work today. We must differentiate between culture of the people and culture of the nation,” she stated.
The 10th session of the World Urban Forum was themed ‘Cities of opportunities; Connecting culture and innovation’. The theme was aimed at harnessing potentials for investment opportunities, learning from best practices, sharing success stories and innovations in the environment and sanitation space.