Portuguese company starts converting waste into energy in São Tomé and Príncipe

15 April 2015

Portuguese environmental technology company Ecovisão has launched a project in Sao Tome and Principe to convert waste into energy mainly with a view to protecting forests on the archipelago, said Tuesday in São Tomé the Director General for the Environment.

Arlindo Carvalho said the project, with an estimated cost of over US$700,000 in its first phase, is financed by the Portuguese Carbon Fund and is being developed in partnership with the Directorate-General for the Environment of the Ministry of Natural Resources of São Tomé and Príncipe.

“This is a test phase in order to replace the use of wood as fuel, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the forest,” said Arlindo de Carvalho, moments after the launch of the project attended by Maria Martins, representative of the Portuguese company.

In addition to renewable energy development, the project has as its backdrop the protection of forests, especially in the north of the island of São Tomé, (Guadeloupe and Neves), devastated as a result of logging for use as firewood and for charcoal production, as well as for construction of wooden houses.

In addition to the Portuguese Carbon Fund, this project also has the support of other external partners, in particular the United Nations, the African Development Bank and Taiwan.

Ecovisão, which has been in business for 18 years, operates in the environmental sector, offering services, studies and projects, water and waste treatment and waste and bioenergy, and is present in several countries, including Angola, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and Mozambique. (macauhub/PT/ST)