Zim firms go green as fuel prices increase overheads

By Bernard Mpofu In 2019 several firms in Zimbabwe turned to renewable sources of energy as the country faced one of its worst power generation crisis in more than a decade. Zimbabwe requires 2,200MW of electricity from its five power stations which include a hydro-powered station in Kariba.  But as climate change took its toll […]

Zimbabwe appeals for additional solar energy from consumers

By Bernard Mpofu Zimbabwe’s power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), is rolling out a net metering programme that will see consumers of solar energy provide excess power to the national grid as the southern African nation goes a step further in adopting alternative sources of energy. Following a waiver on duty paid on solar products, […]

Regional food security under threat due to Covid-19 pandemic

By Nesia Mhaka Covid-19 and the global lockdowns have posed serious threats to regional food security in Southern Africa – a region already reeling from the effects of drought and disaster shocks.  Several countries in Southern Africa rely heavily on imported food to meet their national demands and these nations are likely to face disproportionate […]

Local entrepreneur’s biogas digesters solution to energy and sewage needs 

By Nyaradzo Nyere Hundreds of houses are scattered haphazardly. Some are complete; others are under construction while the majority are cottages popularly known locally as “boyskies”. The area is not formally planned, hence there are no sewage and power lines. Most of the residents rely on firewood for cooking. The majority have pit latrines while […]

Hippo Valley estates promotes use of gas stoves

By Wallace Mawire Hippo Valley Estates Limited in Chiredzi district, in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, is promoting the use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves by its employees as a way of conserving natural resources in their community.  According to the company’s sustainability report contained in its 2019 annual report released at its 63rd Annual General […]

Batteries manufacturing company pledges US$20,000 solar power for Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 isolation centre

By Pamenus Tuso Just like Harare’s Wilkins Hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital , Thorngove Isolation Centre  in the country’s second largest city – Bulawayo – needs constant power supply in order to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended COVID-19 centre. Chloride Zimbabwe Limited is helping with improving the energy source at  the centre through solar […]

Access to renewable energy essential for economic development

By Hazvinei Mwanaka Accelerating universal access to renewable energy is essential to human and economic development and a catalyst to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, experts have said. Wellington Madumira, lobby and advocacy officer for ZERO regional environment organisation, said promoting energy access in Africa is not only beneficial to the […]

COVID-19 slows down Zimbabwe thermal power project

By Bernard Mpofu The outbreak of the coronavirus has slowed down expansion works at Hwange Thermal Power Station, Zimbabwe’s largest thermal power station, it has emerged. China’s Sinohydro was contracted to carry out the project but global fears of the coronavirus which was first reported in the worlds’ second largest economy has retarded progress.  Zimbabwe […]

Zimbabwe accelerates efforts to reduce fossil fuels usage

By Lungelo Ndhlovu  Zimbabwe is heavily reliant on fossil fuels such as coal for electricity generation, firewood for heating, but the country has since taken bold steps to reduce its carbon emissions, Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi said. Speaking in an interview at a local hotel in Bulawayo, Chasi told the GreenEnergyZim publication, […]

Stakeholders welcome parliamentary report on wetlands management

By Wallace Mawire  The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) have welcomed the report of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment and Tourism on wetlands management, presented to parliament in February 2020.   The report was prepared in response to submissions made by ZLHR and HWT to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee […]