Back to the complete issue
Sunday, 22 September 2019

Ethiopia’s Reppie waste-to-energy plant burns rubbish and powers homes

A new waste-to-energy plant, founded in 2018 in Ethiopia, is now burning 80% of Addis Ababa’s garbage, generating electricity to power 30% of the city’s homes, and creating hundreds of jobs, this World Economic Forum video shows (watch, runtime: 04:04). The Reppie plant takes almost 500 mn kgs of garbage per year, keeps it in a bunker for five days to allow moisture to seep out, and then burns it at 1000 degrees, turning the rubbish to electricity. With landfill sites generating some 10% of the world’s methane — a gas 25 times more potent than CO2 — this initiative is a relatively environmentally friendly way of treating waste. While it is not as effective as reducing waste, it is still an important step for energy production, says Samuel Alemayehu, global MD at Cambridge Industries, who hopes to roll the design out to different African cities.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; and Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt.