For African entrepreneurs and their businesses, the Johannesburg held event will prove most beneficial in a much as it will allow them to meet with potential global partners, both in technology and finance so as to evaluate and execute projects in renewable energy, provision of potable water, solid waste recycling, effluent treatment and other projects that aside of their commercial merits would have even greater socio-economic benefits and impact on the people and environment of the continent for years to come.
Much of the event this year would concentrate on adaptive and appropriate solutions for particular instances. Some projects in the past, although technologically sound, could not be justified commercially, nor technically, as support infrastructure â human resource and even reliable energy supply – could not be sustained. As Africa is now becoming the focus of the developed nations as far as inward investment into the continent, so as to âfire upâ economic development, there is much anticipation that infrastructural development will ensue. Thus, the provision of energy, water (for drinking, agricultural and industrial use) as well as other objectives such as road infrastructure and telecommunication will become a priority. Therefore in Africa the concept of âclean technologyâ is more about the ability to answer to the said needs in a more independent manner, than what is currently possible – that is deploying energy generating capacity that is not reliant on massive infrastructural setup, but rather small scale and scalable solutions adapted to remote and rural regions within a country. Similarly innovative solutions regarding water treatment and purification coupled with that of industrial effluents can also be deployed on the basis of small scale and scalable range of solutions, thereby commercially justified as per community/regionsâ needs.
In summation, Viridis Africa showcasing Clean Technologies initiatives and innovative solutions is about appropriate technologies which balance commercial promise with cost affordability to users.