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Breathing Quality Air: AGRO PLAST Ltd’s Commitment to Rwanda’s Air Preservation

Workers during the recycling activity at AgroPlast workplace

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU

As Rwanda strives towards a cleaner and healthier environment, AGRO PLAST ltd, a leading Plastic recycling and Environmental Solutions Provider, has pledged its support and outlined its plans to combat air pollution.

The commitment is made as Rwanda celebrates the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.

In an interview, the CEO of AGRO PLAST ltd, Mr. Leon Nduwayezu emphasized the importance of collective responsibility in protecting the environment and the air we breathe.

 He said, “The message we convey is that everyone should be aware of our responsibility to protect the environment and the air.”

AGROPLAST Ltd produces improved cook stoves that effectively decrease the amount of firewood utilized for cooking.

“Every individual, regardless of their location or occupation, should unite in planting trees to aid in reducing pollution. In our daily lives, it is imperative to refrain from engaging in any activities that contribute to air pollution.” He added.

AGRO PLAST ltd aims to make a tangible difference by increasing the forested area and promoting tree plantation initiatives. The company plans to provide the community with tools and resources necessary for the preparation of the preparation of seedlings for various tree types.

Mr. Nduwayezu reiterated the company’s dedication to recycling various types of plastic materials and preventing them from being scattered in communities and surrounding areas.

“We want to do whatever possible and seek support wherever possible to recycle various types of plastic materials, improve the collection process, and prevent them from being scattered in the community and surrounding areas,” Mr. Nduwayezu added.

Ms. Juliet Kabera, the Director General of REMA

This year 2023, the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) sends a powerful message that without putting a collective effort together, the air we breathe will not get clean.

“We believe that everyone has a role to play, and this is linked with the theme of the year “Together for clean air”, said Ms. Juliet Kabera, the Director General of REMA.

“We are encouraging collaboration among government institutions, industries, civil society, and academia to create comprehensive strategies for air quality management and sustainable solutions.” She added.

 She also revealed that REMA is promoting increased funding for research, technological innovation, and projects that reduce emissions, enhance air quality monitoring, and promote cleaner energy sources.

According to the World Health Organisation, 99% of humanity breathes polluted air, making it the single greatest environmental health risk we face.

In Rwanda, a number of initiatives have been put in place to improve the air quality. This includes transitioning to clean cooking, promoting electric vehicles, encouraging people to use non-motorised transport, as well as promoting car-free days.

Rwanda has also developed an air quality Monitoring System that provides real-time data on air quality at 23 sites across the country, and has adopted regulatory frameworks related to air pollution control – including introducing Euro 4 fuel standards.

However, as highlighted by the State Minister for Environment, Dr. Uwera Claudine, “Exposure to air pollutants is strongly correlated with increased mortality and morbidity caused by cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in Rwanda.”

 According to the 2020 report of the Rwandan Ministry of Health, respiratory diseases were the main cause of morbidity in Rwanda in 2019.

Dr. Uwera said “there is still much work to be done.”

Dr. Uwera Claudine, Rwanda’s State Minister for Environment

“Practical steps such as a commitment to promote and use public transport, cycling or walking short distances, and participation in car free days, do make a difference.” She said.

“Today’s observance underscores the need for strong partnerships across key sectors and levels of government. Collaboration between governments, civil society organizations, private sector entities, and individuals is essential to effectively tackle air pollution.” Said Dr. Uwera

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