Malawi’s Natural Resources Minister Tembo for improved alternative source of energy
By Faith Mwafulirwa
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo has emphasized the need for youths in the country to take part in contributing to the National Development goals through different innovations.
The minister said this when together with the Minister of Energy Newton Kambala and Deputy Minister of Defence Jean Sendeza visited Infinity Energy Solutions in Lilongwe.
She said there is need to find alternatives to charcoal and firewood as over 90-percent of Malawians use biomass energy to meet their energy needs every day.
“Realising that charcoal and firewood will remain key in livelihoods and energy provision for both urban and rural Malawians, the ministry developed national charcoal strategy in 2017 to address issues regarding sustainable biomass wood production, alternative energy sources as well as enhancing awareness of the sustainable options among others,” she said.
The minister added that all the efforts are aimed at reducing pressure on the dwindling forest resources in order to arrest and reverse the rate of deforestation hence the need to encourage the private sector to help government in making sure that the country’s environment is protected.
“I am very much impressed by Infinity Energy Solutions, it is encouraging to see local enterprises taking part in converting discarded wastes into low cost fuel briquettes. We see that it is possible to run a successful enterprise at the same time protecting the environment,” she added.
In his remarks, Managing Director for Infinity Energy Solutions Malumbo Kalua said the future is promising though they still have a long way to go in sensitizing people on the need to switch to briquettes since a lot of people are not aware of this new product.
“We are partnering with filling stations and shops around Lilongwe in a move to make sure that a lot of people are aware of this product, we have also opened distribution centres in Mzuzu and Blantyre in addition to online marketing which is very effective for us”, Kalua said.
Infinity Energy Solutions is an alternative energy company which currently produces 5-tonnes of briquettes per day due to market constraints but have capacity to produce 25-tonnes per day.
The company was established in 2018 to produce substitutes for charcoal on a commercially sustainable basis.
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