Experts are urging the use of abundant organic waste and human waste in Kampala City to generate biogas, organic fertilizers, and combat climate change. Dr. Peter Byabenda, a policy engagement specialist at the Environment for Development Initiative Makerere University Centre, highlighted the potential of harvesting human waste and urine from markets like Nakasero Market to produce organic fertilizers and biogas, which can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Speaking at a policy dialogue on green financing in Uganda, Byabenda cited examples from other regions, such as Kisumu County in Kenya, where they are successfully harvesting human waste to create organic fertilizers in collaboration with a university in the USA. He emphasized the opportunities for Uganda’s green transition, including job creation, energy development, infrastructure improvement, and environmental risk reduction.
Irene Benham Namutebi, the manager of the environment unit at Makerere University Business School, highlighted the use of human waste to make briquettes, emphasizing their advantages over charcoal. Professor Edward Bbaale, the director of the EfD-Mak Centre, emphasized the need for adequate financing for the energy transition to cleaner sources, suggesting that green grants are essential.
Francis Muhire, a lecturer in the economics department at Makerere University Business School, emphasized the global shift towards cleaner energy sources and the importance of adopting alternatives such as biogas, cooking gas, electricity, solar, and wind energy. Experts stress that cities play a crucial role in creating a climate-smart future, with biogas and its by-product, bio-slurry, offering solutions to poverty, climate change, energy access issues, and soil fertility problems.
Dr. Ruth Atuhaire, head of the Department of Energy Science and Technology at Makerere University Business School, highlighted the importance of leaders and company managers understanding green concepts to integrate them into policies, work plans, and budgets.