Can Tete go green?
Can Tete go green?
On a recent trip to Tete, Zambezi Traveller editor Frances Jackson found the issues of deforestation and waste disposal to be of pressing concern, as the rapidly expanding city takes its toll on the environment. Jackson met with Martin Potgieter of Executive Logistics, who is working on a pilot project with Café del Rio for the ‘green’ re-use of kitchen and bathroom waste. More on this in the next issue of Zambezi Traveller.
ZT: What has been your main focus?
MP: Our core business is providing a legitimate support network to clients. Our logistics solutions provide a link between the goods and services that our clients need and the people and organisations that provide them. We’re a diverse company with many skills and we have a combined experience of 130 years in business in Mozambique.
ZT: It’s exciting to hear that you are bringing green solutions to Tete.
MP: Our core business is Executive Logistics, but our passion is the environment and we are continually on the lookout for opportunities where we can offer products and services which can deliver alternative methods providing sustainability, mitigation or resource management. We have a particular interest in products and services which provide long-term economic values to the wider stakeholders in Mozambique. Community development and upliftment is a critical area which is why we are launching Greenshoots as a separate company under the Executive Logistics umbrella to drive environmentally sensitive solutions.
ZT: What are some of your products?
MP: Bio-digesters for the production of bio-fuels for cooking – an alternative to using wood for fuel, reducing pressure on fragile forest systems and reducing the carbon footprint. Thermal insulation coating which has shown reduction of up to 30% in the need for cooling and use of energy in large and small spaces. Production of alternative bio-fuels from kitchen waste through oil recovery systems. An environmentally friendly de-greaser that breaks down chemical elements in oils and residues.
ZT: Have these products got a track record?
MP: Our suppliers are regional companies whose focus is research and development for greener solutions. All products have been fully tested and come with a well-developed R&D programme to support them. Projects implemented in neighbouring countries are using these technologies and are providing great benefits to their local communities. We are currently working on having them established and accredited here in Mozambique, to become the norm in the way companies both large and small and individuals behave, supporting issues raised in our President’s speech in the Rio +20 conference.
ZT: Where is the greatest need?
MP: It is so difficult to define one single cause and effect and highlight that. We are more inclined to believe that a holistic solution, one that involves a good deal of process management and cognitive rationalisation, will provide more benefits to more people. We have to change the way that we work to work smarter, and to do that we need to change behaviour. More often than not it’s down to education, as this will ultimately provide the key to the successful implementation of projects. Whilst we can think holistically, it is very difficult to act holistically, but we must consider the wider ramifications of what we do and how it integrates into the wider environment.
Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 10, Sept 2012)
Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Cahora Bassa & Tete