Industrial Waste Assessment Validation Workshop, 25 May 2016

Moka, Mauritius, 25 May 2016 - The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a workshop on "Industrial Waste Assessment Validation" 

The PAGE initiative was launched in Mauritius in April 2014, with a follow up joint inception mission in July 2014 that brought together various parts of government, including environment and sustainable development, economy and finance, industry, employment as well as social partners, academia and development agencies. Working at the policy and strategic levels, PAGE in Mauritius will support government policy objectives under the Green Economy Action Plan (GEAP). It also builds on SWITCH Africa Green, which all addresses complementary dimensions of stimulating green investments and policy reforms to deliver sustainable growth, job creation and poverty eradication.

PAGE in Mauritius

Industrial Waste Assessment

An Industrial Waste assessment was included as part of the PAGE work plan 2015 for Mauritius upon requests from the Ministry of Industry and the national coordinating body of the private sector, the Joint Economic Council . Due to various delays, the project was officially launched in February 2016 with a capacity building workshop for representatives from 25 pre-selected firms from 5 different industry sectors (National Standard Industry Classifications: 10, 13-14, 18, 20-21). Site visits to each of these firms were carried out, a process flow diagram of their manufacturing process drawn out and data collected about the characteristics and quantity of their different waste streams. These will be scaled up to sectoral levels and regulatory and legislative framework of industrial waste management looked into. A validation workshop is the next step to present these findings.

The aim of the project is to stimulate the establishment of a recycling industry and a circular economy in Mauritius, through developing specific industrial waste policy recommendations while mobilizing stakeholders to contribute with ideas and get involved in the design and formulation of policies that will help Mauritius shift towards a greener and more competitive economy.

Objectives

The workshop was organised to:

  1. present and validate the results of the scaling up methodology and scaled up data, i.e. generated waste quantities for each waste streams for each of the five industries considered;
  2. discuss and identify opportunities for an industrial symbiosis programme in Mauritius;
  3. clarify our understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework governing industrial waste management in Mauritius;
  4. discuss preliminary policy recommendations to facilitate the operalisation of industrial symbiosis in Mauritius

Stakeholder Engagement and Identification of Opportunities

60 external participants attended this validation workshop, including a mix of private sector stakeholders, recyclers, ministries, and private sector associations. Stakeholders participated actively in the workshop, with private sector and recycling sector participants expressing strong interest in the business opportunities which industrial waste presents. Some specific opprtunities were identified, including producing omega-oil from fish waste, manufacturing of insultation panels using textile waste, and upcycling of wooden pallets. A list of policy recommendations has been validated to encourage such industrial symbiosis processes. In particular, the stakeholders held in great regard the capacity building component delivered during the course of the project and the knowledge creation about industrial waste that resulted from it. 

The report will be finalized during the month of June, and will be launched at an upcoming PAGE GE Week. 

Participants

The following participants expressed interest in joining the validation workshop:

  • 1 representative per each of the 25 participating firms,
  • 20 registered recyclers active in Mauritius
  • 11 public and private sector representatives (MoE, MEPU, WMA, BM, members of SC, MoLA)
  • 5 staff members from Ministry of Industry, 4 staff members from Ministry of Environment, 3 staff members from Ministry of Local Authority, 2 staff from Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities; 2 staff from Central Statistical Office (National Census); Moka District Council, Municipality of Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill; Port-Louis City Council
  • 3 consultants from UNIDO
  • 2 staff/consultants from UNDP