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International Conference on Greening the Economy


Hosted by the Harare Institute of Technology, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Zimbabwe Energy Council

Date: 19 - 20 October 2017

Venue: ZESA Training Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe

Theme: Lobbying for a Green Economy

Main Topic: Waste to Energy



Green Economy is defined as the aggregate of all activity operating with primary intention of reducing conventional levels of resource consumption, harmful emissions and minimizing all forms of environmental impacts. The green economy includes the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes as they relate to the production of green products and services. Lobbying refers to planting a seed in the minds of all people to involve them as a critical stakeholder from academia to layman in the movement towards the sustainable use of all resources.

Zimbabwe currently generates more than 60% of its electricity from coal. Without a doubt there is a high rate of flue and greenhouse gas emission.

The available energy generated from coal and other sources is however insufficient to fully power the rest of the nation thus the government has resorted to buying more power from other producers such as ESKOM.

Implementing the green initiative through production of energy from waste will help increase the amount of available energy and lower use of coal and other non-renewable resources for energy production. In summary the green initiative plan seeks to encourage economic growth, sustainable development and create a balanced ecosystem.

The Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013) gives every person environmental rights that include the right:

  1. To an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
  2. To have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that

A GREEN ECONOMY seeks to provide abundant energy, reduced poverty due to jobs created, income raised by getting income based on the carbon credits, REDUCED CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING and a clean environment and less diseases hence overall improved quality of life.

Following the Symposium themed "Perspectives on Greening Zimbabwe's Energy Sector" held in 2016, FES, ZEC and Harare Institute of Technology will be hosting a symposium on the theme "Lobbying for Green Economy in Zimbabwe". The symposium will be covered in two days on the 19th and 20th of October 2017 where selected participants will also present papers on the theme. A platform for Students in Tertiary Institutions to Interact with Zimbabwe FES Alumni, ZEC experts as well as invited keynote speakers will be provided.

The parties have great pleasure in making this Call for Papers and are inviting you to submit an abstract (In English) in one of the following suggested or related topics:

Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the Symposium. In addition, the papers will be compiled into an FES publication. All FES YLT Alumni and Tertiary institute students are invited to submit abstracts for papers.

Call for Papers Timetable:

Timely submission of the papers is critical to the success of the Symposium. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

  1. Deadline for abstract.
    By 30 September 2017 authors should submit an abstract (Font size 12 single spacing)  for their papers of not more than 300 words including:
    • The title,
    • A short description of the topic to be addressed,
    • The approach that will be taken

NB Papers can be submitted by individuals or groups of not more than 3.
Abstract, along with corresponding authors' contact information, should be submitted via e-mail to the following, hopewell@fes-zimbabwe.org,  panganayisithole@yahoo.com and aphiri@hit.ac.zw with each one copied.  Please put "Waste to Energy Abstract" in the subject line.

  1. Acceptance of Proposals
    By  6 October 2017 the FES selection Committee will notify the applicants the outcome of the selection process.
  2. Full paper submission Date
    By 9 October 2017 the FES must receive the completed paper.
  3. Presenting the Paper
    Authors will be invited to present their papers at the Symposium scheduled for the 19th and 20th of October at ZESA Training Centre in Harare. The author(s) should make every effort to attend the Symposium and present his / her /their paper in not more than 15 minutes.

For further information or enquiries kindly contact H Gumbo via e-mail  hopewell@fes-zimbabwe.org  or   Dr A Phiri via email aphiri@hit.ac.zw .