Contribution to the Task Force Sustainable Energy, Water and Food Systems of T20 Saudi Arabia Working Paper, March 2020
Waste-to-energy plants appear as an effective means of dealing with two problems of electricity access and waste management at once.
In August 2018, the first waste-to-energy plant on the African continent was inaugurated in Addis Ababa. Today other sub-Saharan countries like Kenya are interested in developing waste-to-energy solutions. Could this be the beginning of a large-scale deployment of this technology in sub-Saharan Africa? This policy brief describes the challenges posed by the increase of waste production and the low progress in electrifying the sub-continent. It also provides an assessment of the advantages and limits of waste-to-energy projects as a solution.