By Partinella Ngozo
ZIMASCO has joined forces with Kwekwe City Council to fight the scourge against global warming and the COVID-19 pandemic after the company donated a refuse truck to help in dealing with mismanagement of waste that is contributing 6% of the emissions in the country.
Speaking during the Social Corporate Responsibility Projects Handover to Kwekwe City Council Programme at Civic center recently, Zimasco Chief Executive Officer John Musekiwa said the refuse truck which the company donated to the council will contribute towards a smart city.
“…we purchased a refuse compactor to assist the municipality in garbage collection…augment the provision of a cleaner environment, encouraged hygiene practices,” he said.
Zimasco’s donation comes at a time when the surface temperature of the Earth has risen in the past century, with global temperatures rising by 0.7 to 0.9 ºC (1.3 to 1.6 ºF) per century since 1901. However, since 1975, the rate of global surface temperature warming has increased by almost double to 1.5 to 1.8 ºC (2.7 to 2.3 ºF) per century.
Evidence suggests that it is human activities that have contributed to this warming. The chemical composition of the atmosphere has been changed significantly by the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. As a result, seasonal and weather patterns are changing and becoming more extreme with less snow cover and heavier rainfall, with certain wildlife habitats shrinking as a result. Therefore, waste management is paramount in emission reduction.
Musekiwa also said, sustainable value creation is what Zimasco strive to create, hence when the covid-19 struck the company saw the need to help Kwekwe City Council in making sure the city is kept clean.
“This became more imperative with the advent of the covid-19 pandemic in the early months of this year and as Zimasco, we immediately recognised the need for us to land a hand to the best of our ability, to assist in protecting the community from the pandemic.
“As a company which has always taken pride being a good corporate citizen in our many decades of operation, Zimasco acknowledges that, sustainable value creation and the long term viability of our chrome mining and smelting business depends among other initiatives on continuous improvement in matters of safety, health and protection of the environment,” said Musekiwa.
A reduction in overall waste production would in turn help the negative affects waste has on the environment through greenhouse gas emissions.
The reduction of solid waste can help address global climate change. The distribution, application and manufacture of products, as well as management of the resulting waste, all result in greenhouse gas emissions. Thus Zimasco’s donation may be paramount in waste reduction.