Burkina Faso, a country looking for environmental solutions
February 2018: Pollutec launches its international promotion in Burkina Faso
It was with the support of the French economic mission in Ouagadougou and its partner BUSINESS France, that the Pollutec team was able to meet with the key stakeholders in the environment markets in Burkina Faso during its 3-day stay in the country last February: company managers and their professional associations and employers’ representations (PPI INDUSTRIEL, CCI, Maison de l’entreprise, confédération du patronat, CIDEF) – public authorities and state agencies including the ministry of the environment and ministry representatives (Water, Energy, Commerce), the ONEA, the national electricity company SONADEL, the Renewable energies agency in Burkina (ANEREE), the Agence de Promotion des Investissement (API) – public development aid institutions (AFD, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / GIZ, PNUD, EAA, 2EI, UEMOA) and representatives of the Ouagadougou municipality.
All showed their interest for the 28th edition of Pollutec and expressed their intention to mobilise their networks in order to be present at the trade fair in November.
But over and beyond the meetings, this mission enabled identification of the concrete requirements on the specific water and energy markets where Pollutec professionals provide solutions, equipment, technologies and adapted services.
In the urban environment, the level of access to drinking water was 89.9% in 2015 compared to 80% in 2011. For waste water management, Burkina Faso is primarily deploying non collective sanitation projects. The treatment of faecal sludge is a topic of specific interest, in particular for ONEA. The town of Ouagadougou is already partially equipped with a collective sanitation network and is investing in some thirty other projects, two of which concern sanitation networks and, in particular, the completion of a simplified sewer network and 600 linear kilometres of a communal rainwater collection system.
Regarding energy and energy efficiency, 50% of the electricity in Burkina Faso is imported from Ivory Coast: some 20% comes from hydropower, but the remainder, the vast majority, comes from oil-fired power plants. It is important to note that the largest photovoltaic power plant in West Africa has also just been inaugurated there. With 12 hours of sunshine per day, photovoltaic has great potential and is ideally positioned to increase access to electricity in Burkina Faso.
Power cuts are still frequent and the cost of electrical supplies remains high. For this reason, private individuals, industrialists and the tertiary sector are extremely interested in energy efficiency solutions. They can also benefit from loans obtained from commercial banks that are SUNREF programme partners, as well as assistance supporting them in their investments in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies.
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