The project will be implemented as part of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation’s target of 1 250 digesters installed by 2018 and as one of Zimbabwe’s INDCs and Third National Communication to UNFCCC climate change mitigation options. ZimASSET is Zimbabwe’s economic blue print.
Besides biogas dissemination the other mitigation projects which Zimbabwe is implementing or planned to implement are:
· Fixture relamping of 250W mercury vapour street lights with 90W LED flood lights in the City of Harare. Some of the installed LED lamps are being powered by solar modules in areas where security of the solar LED lights is not of concern such as the central business district. This further reduced GHG emission and also contributing to improved energy security;
· Voluntary energy audits and implementation of energy management opportunities by companies affiliated to Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries in collaboration with the Swedish Government;
· Certified Energy Manager Training funded by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) in which thirty representatives from top most energy intensive using companies were capacitated to manage their energy. These companies were asked to conduct energy audits and implement identified energy conservation measures. They will submit their reports for audits and implementation to ZERA. Training of more companies has been planned by ZERA to boost organizational capacity in managing energy before mandating significant energy users to provide energy audit reports every three years;
· Installation prepaid meters has resulted in significant reduction in household electricity usage as households are able to manage electricity on their own. The government plan to have 800,000 prepaid meters in households and commercial by 2018;
· Use of alternative forms of energy such as solar energy. The nation has plans to retrofit electric geysers with solar water heaters as well as installations of solar water heaters on new buildings; and
· Blending of petrol with ethanol. Currently the country is using E10 and E15 but plans are there to reach E20 by 2018.