Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in developing countries: Industrial waste minimization for low carbon production in the rice and coffee sectors.
UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)
Context and objectives
Asia and Americas are producing most of the global volume of rice and coffee
There is a worldwide increasing demand for Rice and Coffee
This results in large volumes rice and coffee processing bio-waste, in particular rice/coffee husks and coffee pulp.
An estimated 50% of these volumes are not valorized, and most of the time thrown away or burnt
Initiating a RECP process across 2 agro-industrial sectors in 4 countries, and establishing trust-based relationships
Assessing and classifying technologies for the valorization of rice husk and coffee pulp
Transforming untapped opportunities into concrete business cases with financing options
28 Cleaner Production audits, 2 sector assessment reports
50 RECP measures identified, among them measures with immediate effective cost-savings by implementing energy management systems with almost no investment: good housekeeping and improved maintenance for better electric system control and systematic consumption monitoring resulting in 5 to 10% of reduced electricity consumption.
13 pilots projects developed from ideas, 9 currently in the process of implementation, among them 3 projects for improved on site rice husk combustion for paddy drying combined with rice husk briquette production as a coal substituting combustion material for industrial processes in Vietnam and Cambodia. Overall estimated impacts: potential of 380 000 tons of waste valorized per year, 270 000 tons of CO2 avoided per year, and 20 million US$ of investment generated