Finding Opportunities in the Circular Economy
Questions to ask:
Who is currently selling second hand parts and products?
Which parts could be reused in other products?
Could second hand sales compete with cheaper alternatives on the market?
Questions to ask:
How much waste is currently sent to landfill?
How difficult would it be to become a zero landfill site?
Could waste from another business be used on your site?
The waste surveys we conducted through various local studies and on-site investigations show a homogeneous waste mass with some local differences in one way or another, mainly with regard to organic waste. All the places we looked at have an active agricultural activity near a desirable waste facility where we can get the additional waste needed for stable production of fertilizers and other pellets.
- It is the municipalities responsible for waste management.
- None of the municipality we have met has any clear waste strategy.
- The lack of competence is striking, so the education needs are high.
- Certain corruption in the waste sector is found, especially in Mexico and Russia where Mexico has a little bigger problem. However, it is manageable with education and clear system owner model.
Training and Education
Education and skills are the foundation for successful long-term investments. Waste is to be regarded as an infinite raw material which unfortunately grows in line with the rapid urbanization. If you consider it a raw material that you can produce new products and services, creates many jobs, extensive education and research and product development with required local needs. . This is our common denominator, by coordinating our business model, toolbox and waste disposal platform, we can scale up, copy the solution and implement it in several markets. Through a clear offer and concept based on some form of franchise or license concept for a complete facility, we can repeat, trim processes, create common products and services, create your own "commodity market", etc.
ISO certification is also an important part of maintaining high quality.
Once we've been around and looked at the needs of the different countries, we see that the needs of energy look different and that's natural. Mexico and Senegal are more alike than different. Russia supplies its gas that generates both electricity and heating. However, the need for organic fertilizer is the same in all these three countries. In Russia, we received a request from the municipality if we could use surplus heat to dry wood, Kirov is a large forest region with many sawmills and this was a clear need for Symbios with a modern waste facility. There are several good examples but in order not to get too long with this letter I keep short.
The local conditions will be clearly identified to optimize the Waste Facility to achieve 0% residual waste.
Output from waste sorting
In the preliminary study we will look at different types of new products like organic fertilizer, compost, pellets, biogas, power generation, water purification, struvite production, etc. By placing all the projects under the same project organization, we can achieve many valuable synergies and rapid installation and training efforts, as well as joint applications that create greater weight behind our applications and willingness to implement the projects. By the fact that each first facility becomes both a "Pilot" facility with education and research in each country, we can create new meeting places and make those cities for role models and heroes while getting more business over time. Following the John syndrome is common in this type of business.
Proposal for a joint business model for a joint project.
I have previously begun the development of a BOO concept as a franchise or license concept for a complete facility, ie turnkey solutions with a clear owner and manager role. It is only at the discussion stage and needs to be worked through with Hexagon and the project team. In any case iyt is an embryo to be based on. It largely follows the World Bank's BOO / BOT Finance Financing Directive and it is unreasonable not to follow them. They also meet Agenda 2020 and the EU Waste Directive
Project Office & Organization
My proposal to run this complex project is to form a project organization in Istanbul with satellites in Puebla, Mexico, Kirov, Russia, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Dakar, Senegal for West Africa, together with Hexagon.
In Istanbul, 3-5 people will work full time and will lead the business:
In Mexico 2-3 people
Russia 2-3 people
In Senegal 2-3 people
In Tanzania 2-3 people
In Ethiopia 2-3 people
In all these cities we have access to good facilities and equipment for these working groups.
This enables us to share valuable resources in each country while spreading knowledge and insights and building a valuable common knowledge platform under the project name Energeco Group. Energeco stands for Energy, Economy and Ecology.
It fits well with our conceptual thinking.
The next step is to anchor this proposal of all concerned project members and Hexagon and seek joint money using SIDA, EU and World Bank with agreements, with respective municipalities and countries about the waste.
Until then, we will try to find money from stakeholders who want to participate in the project, to carry out the footwork until we get funds from, for example, the World Bank / SIDA to carry out the major preliminary study and exploration. We talk about 3-4 months of work before all applications are approved. More contributions and proposals for co-financing in terms of time, intellectual property, etc. are welcome from the project group.
My feeling is that we will quickly get started in Ethiopia and Mexico, according to discussions we had in recent weeks with different authorities and financiers / partners