CarbonNegativeGhana represents NED Africa’s comprehensive plan to turn all of Ghana’s waste into green energy and Ghana into a carbon-negative, zero-waste nation through a three-pronged approach: waste-to-energy municipal waste recycling, biogas, and reforestation/afforestation. We project that after the 5th year of operation, CarbonNegativeGhana will reduce or sequester more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gases.

The Waste-to-Energy plant will turn landfill waste into a clean, emission-free synthetic gas that can be used for car and jet fuel, electricity, and heat. We’ll set up biogas plants in hundreds of locations across the country along with public toilets where sanitation is poor and use the human waste as source material for the biogas production, along with agricultural and animal waste, to be used for electricity and heat. The charcoal byproducts produced as part of the biogas production process, will be applied to agricultural operations, improving soil quality, yield size, and crop quality while eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers.

Together, the Waste-to-Energy and biogas plants will generate millions of dollars of revenue annually. Using part of the proceeds from these companies, we’ll establish new, privately-owned forest reserves in Ghana, planting 25 million trees in 5 years and sequestering tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

With CarbonNegativeGhana, our goal is to create a model for becoming a carbon-negative, zero-waste nation that other nations can follow while providing thousands of safe, well-paying green jobs to climate refugees, return migrants, and other residents so that they have secure livelihoods that provide them with the resources they need to safely relocate upon displacement, help them resettle upon return to the Ghana, and discourage undocumented emigration.

With projects like CarbonNegativeGhana, NED Africa aims to make a big impact on how we address the tremendous volumes of harmful waste we create and on our ability to turn this waste into valuable, even profitable, products, producing abundant, affordable green energy. The three-pronged approach allows us to utilize two distinct technologies to convert both organic and inorganic waste into energy and to harness the unique power of trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere.

A diagram depicting the sustainable cycle of biogas from anaerobic digestion, a sequence of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The diagram shows how plant, animal, and human waste are used as source material in anaerobic digestion, which produces organic fertilizer, to use on plants, and biogas, to use to generate electricity and heat, which in turn, produce water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) for plants.