The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Turning sawdust waste into briquette energy

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Ghana's wood industries are major producers of sawdust waste. Data estimate that between 100 and 150 metric tonnes of sawdust waste are generated daily by the Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi alone. Accra, the capital city of Ghana has three major wood enclaves, namely Accra Central, Ashaiman and Ofankor Timber Markets, which equally generate large quantities of sawdust waste every day. However, these huge quantities of sawdust are largely discharged through open dumping and burning with wide environmental and health repercussions. Smoke is a major producer of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to air pollution and climate change. Smoke emissions again cause respiratory illnesses and pose serious health hazards to woodworkers and community members. Also, according to data, about 60% of Ghanaians depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking fuel. This disproportionate over-dependence on traditional sources of energy fuel has contributed enormously to environmental degradation and destruction of Ghana's forest reserve, with than 90% of high forest logged since the late 1940s. This project therefore, seeks to construct and commission a briquette manufacturing plant in Accra to convert sawdust waste into briquettes for use as alternative renewable, clean and cheap energy fuel. The objectives of this briquette project are to help address open dumping and burning of sawdust as the major means of sawdust waste disposal, promote public health, and protect the environment by controlling the rate of forest destruction and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and effects of climate change. The proposed activities of this project include building the briquette facility which involves site clearing, earthworks and fencing, floor tiling/concreting, construction of project building/installation of containers and installations water, electricity, sewerage. Other activities are inside paneling, flooring, installation of briquette machine, installation of office equipment, including computers, commissioning and official opening for production of sawdust briquettes to begin.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Briquette technology is globally recognized as a sustainable, modern waste-to-energy technology that has the huge potential to address indiscriminate sawdust waste disposal, promote public health and protect the environment. The proposed briquette manufacturing plant directly falls under the Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13 of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts respectively. This project will create resource value from sawdust waste by producing briquettes as alternative renewable, clean and cheap energy fuel. A 70mm briquette plant will produce about 10.6 tonnes of briquettes per day and would impact on sustainable development, both environmentally and socio-economically in the following ways:- Reduce air pollution and carbon emissions, resulting from smoke emissions from open dumping and burning of sawdust waste.- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and effects of climate change, resulting from logging of forest reserves for firewood and charcoal. A reduction would occur because more trees will be left standing to absorb more carbon.- Create at least 15 skilled and unskilled factory jobs for the youth, and provide dozen job opportunities, mostly for women collecting and sorting sawdust waste.- Clients such as schools and users of charcoal and firewood would save monies on their current fuel expenditure since sawdust briquettes are comparatively cheaper.- Woodworkers who pay transport fees for collection of their sawdust waste would save between $18.5 to $27.8 per week. The success of this project would be measured by the effective running of the briquette plant, the required tonnes of briquettes produced per day, general acceptance of briquettes and income generated from the sale of briquettes from clients.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Sawdust waste, which is the raw material for this project is readily available in large quantities for free. A feasibility study conducted by applicant to assess market demand and technical viability of briquettes successfully demonstrated that there are good prospects for briquette production in Ghana. The process for this briquette project will start with the collection of sawdust waste from major wood industries in Accra. Sorting will follow to segregate sawdust with high moisture content from sawdust with low moisture content. Sawdust with required moisture content will then be sent to the briquette plant for incineration and conversion into briquettes. The final briquettes will be packaged and sold to homes, schools, prisons, and small-scale enterprises, including restaurants in Ghana which largely depend on firewood and charcoal as cooking fuel. The income from the sale of briquettes will be used to sustain the operation of the briquette plant and remunerate staff. To promote nationwide acceptance, this project will involve extensive awareness raising, including face-to-face promotion with target market, as well mainstream and social media promotions. There will be high-level engagements with environmental policy makers and stakeholders in government, public and private sector, as well as environmental civil society organizations and individuals to promote general acceptance and usage. Setting up a briquette plant requires huge financial outlay which demands financial support. Through my participation in this competition, I seek to attract financial support to actualize this project idea. The real risk to the overall success of the project is the lack of experience and implementation skills necessary to expand production. It is essential that the project team their strengthen capacity and build the necessary skills either through training or partnership with other technical agencies to plan, design and operate a briquette business, scale up and achieve long-term sustainability.

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Your profile

Richard Odomako Opoku is 34 years of age from Ghana. I'm the Director of Research and Monitoring at Let's Do It Ghana, an environmental non-governmental organization. I'm an environmental advocate and researcher on waste management technologies. I hold Master of Science in Development Management with Specialization in Environment and Sustainable Development from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. I have Certificate in Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries from the University of Cape Town; Certificate in Focus On: Understanding Climate Change awarded by the Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network; and Certificate in Project Management from the Christian Service University College (CSUC), Ghana. I'm in the process of completing an online Certificate in Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries run by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, in partnership with Eawag Aquatic Center. I'm passionate about environmental issues, and believe that there are so many ways that Ghana can create resource value from its waste to promote public health, protect the environment and create employment. I was astonished at the critical solid waste problems that the country was facing, despite the number of waste-to-energy technologies available. My experience with how sawdust waste was being openly dumped and burned at a wood village which also host community members prompted my interest in this briquette project. In 2015, I received a research grant from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to conduct a feasibility studies on the market and technical viability of briquette manufacturing plant at the Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi, one of Ghana's leading wood enclaves. Link here to publication below:http://www.icontrolpollution.com/articles/turning-sawdust-into-cooking-fuel-an-operationalframework-for-a-briquette-plant-at-sokoban-wood-villagekumasi.php?aid=87084&view=mobile.

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June 26, 2019 16:56

Hello! Vote #11
Dream it. Believe it. Build it.
Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)
Ecological Community PopulAction
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Have a great day!

June 25, 2019 21:20

Hello! Vote #10

Dont stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done!

Lets continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

Ecological Community PopulAction:
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June 25, 2019 20:34

Hi Richard,

I am here again to keep embarrassing you with support and to thank you for taking action in this area. However, I am yet to see your support on my project and/or to get engaged on campus. On campus, teamwork and the spirit of sportsmanship is the order of the day or a norm here. Only in togetherness and not alone can we reach our desired destination quickly. Your support matters.

Bibieandrea
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/13054/

Your Support is Important to me!

June 25, 2019 01:27

Hello!

I checked your idea and I think there is a great potential and impact. Congratulations. I'll vote for you.

You also can support me at this link: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/anachafemann/ideas/my-ideas/15444/

Thank you!
Ana Claudia Hafemann

June 24, 2019 07:37

Hello! Vote #7

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
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Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 08:51

Hello! Vote #6

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
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Have a great sunday

June 22, 2019 16:40

Good afternoon

Am back again. How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

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June 22, 2019 04:53

Hello!! Vote #5

I hope your project is one of the finalists of "Best Ideas 2019" in General Competition.

I count on your support for the Ecological Community PopulAction as one of the Best Ideas 2019 in Youth Competition!
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My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.

June 16, 2019 08:21

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/?
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June 15, 2019 11:05

TODAY IS ANOTHER DAY to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

Regards
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June 14, 2019 12:22

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
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June 13, 2019 23:27

I am here again to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

Regards
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June 13, 2019 20:38

Hello

Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your idea. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 10, 2019 22:35

Hi dear, I am king James from the idea "edUnify under tourism", I want to solicit your support for my idea, and I guarantee you a vote back and comment if you vote and leave a comment on my idea. Thanks for your anticipated support and do have a great day. This is my link, https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 9, 2019 23:26

Your idea has the potential to change the world as we know it. keep working on it, comment on my idea and i will be sure to vote you tomorrow, well done https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 9, 2019 22:23

Hi Richard

I hope you well a great and brilliant mind you have here , never stop doing this i went through you idea and its well structured and you are really doing a great job, but i advise you to be active to be and promote this idea please so that you receive more vote and people help you improve your idea. the world is fighting against global warming and you are hear to meet it half way, you are protecting human health and at the same time creating jobs, you are eradicating poverty you are the youth the world need.

my advice lets work together to make the world a better place to live, promote this idea please all the best

kindly support me here

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June 7, 2019 09:58

Hi, I see your idea is quite impactful, Keep making modifications until its perfect. if you can leave a comment on my idea, i know you are active and when i come back online i will vote you. well done. kindly vote too if you can. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 6, 2019 19:55

You have my vote!! I am Impressed!!! truly amazing the way how you plan to solve social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

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Let us make a difference in the world!

June 6, 2019 16:59

Hi Richard,

Please accept my vote for today (2). I am rooting all out for your idea and I got your back until the very end. I trust you have got mine too.

You can show your support of my project by visiting https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/13054 vote and comment on it.

Bibieandrea Services Venture: Daring to be different by being the change that inspires others!

June 5, 2019 22:11

Hello

Your idea is wonderful, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 3, 2019 18:29

It's a beautiful day to vote, since it's a a new week, plus i will vote for your idea, kindly vote mine on your next activation. if you vote mine, kidly drrop a comment and ill make sure to vote you too. Thank you.
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June 1, 2019 14:40

Hello,

It´s great to see that you are also having a beautiful idea. It deserves a win.

My idea glow_books is in this year's competition, the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition - activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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May 29, 2019 07:34

Greetings,

Happy International Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Your project idea is amazing :)

We're so excited to have been nominated under the youth best ideas competition category. Kindly show your support by reading commenting and voting for us at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/

Thank you,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO

May 26, 2019 16:26

Waste to energy is always a wlecomed idea and project. You should do more publicity. All the same I'll vote for you. However My idea "THE PITCHING APP" has been nominated for the young citizen entrepreneurship competition, under the best idea category 2019. Read about my idea via this link
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13916
Do comment and vote for me thanks in anticipation
Cheers.