21 May 2018
, Morocco
Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management

A lot of human activities are sources of waste production. The waste is everywhere, often depreciated and devalued, and considered a burden, bulky and unhelpful. In Morocco, a woman is fighting to give a second life to this waste by creating her project ENRD2_Engrais Bio. Khaoula Remmal guarantees a revalorization of organic waste. She reuses it and re-integrates it into the circuit of a greener, fairer and more sustainable economy. A portrait of a woman who wants to help make our habits greener.

Organic waste is a resource, not an enemy | The Switchers

Remmal wanders with a big smile and a determined look, a pen in hand, between fields, cows and large facilities at this farm. She comes to visit the farmers, these everyday actors who help her make her project a reality. Remmal is an expert engineer in energy and sustainable development and she runs the project of ENRD2_Engrais Bio. Her project aims at revalorizing the organic waste by transforming it into energy resources. Remmal understood it well: the waste is a resource and not an enemy.

Together with the farmers, she studies the possibilities, the needs and the opportunities related to organic waste. She supports them by offering a solution to the accumulation of waste: transforming organic waste into energy. The objective of ENRD2_Engrais Bio is to obtain electricity and heat from organic waste through a cogeneration system of energies. A sustainable idea that has a strong impact on the environment as the waste is reduced while creating a cleaner source of electricity and heat based on green technologies. “Thanks to the implementation of a biogas plant we will be able to produce on average of 400 cubic meters of biogas and thermal energy per year,” Remmal says.

This project will also allow us to re-use 155 tons of compost per year in the region of Fez, Meknes. Remmal works on enhancing the connection between the rural and the industrial sector, acting as a bridge that brings these two sectors under one objective. “Our goal is to impact [positively] the environment by using innovative technology and implementing resource efficiency measures,” she says.

Organic waste is a resource, not an enemy | The Switchers

Remmala has a tremendous energy and determination when it comes to help on several levels. Her project does not only aim at reducing the number of organic waste or the energy poverty, it also aims at reducing social inequalities. She stresses that “a better environment is a prerequisite for solving social problems because of the active engagement with the local community.”

“In a context where energy is life’s driving force, the Earth needs to regenerate itself to keep us in there,” adds Remmal.

Farmers, industries, consumers, they can all make the choice that benefits the environment by taking a step forward on the revalorization of waste and the use of sustainable energy resources.

Her desire to undertake and implement measures towards a circular economy is becoming real. According to Remmal, it is crucial to rethink our economy by shifting the production and consumption to a more sustainable one.

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