GSSD13 Solution Forum 2 (UNIDO) - Ropeway conveyance system

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Global South-South Development Expo 2013

A presentation from Solution Forum 2 organized by UNIDO on Clean Technologies for Green Industry.

Solution Forum 2 description: clean Technologies for Green Industry is the theme for this forum and is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) important contribution to the Global South South Development Expo 2013. It will focus on showcasing clean technology solutions that have been successfully implemented in developing countries, emphasizing Southern-grown technologies, as well as South-South, North-South-South triangular cooperation and PPP modalities.

More about Solution Forum 2: http://j.mp/GSSDsf2

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GSSD13 Solution Forum 2 (UNIDO) - Ropeway conveyance system

  1. 1. Aerial ropeway conveyance technology to transport green leaf from the field to the factory The Ropeway is a new technological concept of transport of materials by means of conveying them using a cable anchored and running along towers. Construction of the Ropeway ensures safety, economy in construction, easy maintenance and smooth operation as its main priority and concern. Finlay's has undertaken to put up a pilot ropeway of Sherpa design to transport leaf or fuel-wood from the Kaproret fields to Kitumbe factory. This technology facilitates better productivity, reduced operating costs, and a hidden benefit of reduced damage of leaf by reduced handling. So far, the use of ropeway transport has seen a reduction of Lorries from 6 to 4
  2. 2. The need to reduce factory costs has seen us concentrating on reducing the number of operating units for economy of scale reasons and reducing energy costs by seeking thermal and electrical energy self sufficiency. The latter objectives will have profound effects upon the company’s carbon footprint and the long term sustainability of the leaf tea business for JFK in Kericho.
  3. 3. Social and Economic Benefits • Reduced cost of transport- A cost benefit analysis of the project between the months of December 2012 to April 2013 showed a net benefit of KHS 14,689,982 (approximately: USD 170,000). This is a huge financial benefit with better returns being anticipated in the future as more feeder streams to the main supply aerial conveyor line are being made. • Employment – Additional technical and non-technical workers have been employed to operate the system. At the moment, the ropeway facility provides further direct employment for at least 40 people.
  4. 4. Social and Economic Benefits • Environmental Conservation- The aerial ropeway conveyance technology was installed to reduce the fleet of vehicles used to transport green leaves from the estate to the factory. This technology centers on reduction of traffic on the roads in and around the catchment areas. This leads to reduced carbon generation, reduced cost of road maintenance and reduced environmental degradation by use of heavy motor vehicles. The carbon intensity has reduced by 10% from the base year 2011 compared to 2012. With planned expansion of feeder streams, a further withdrawal of motor vehicles will be implemented and therefore generation of carbon dioxide will be further reduced.
  5. 5. Social and Economic Benefits • Reduced accidents- A reduction in traffic on the neighboring roads and the reduced safety hazards associated with this. • Reduced cost of roads maintenance- The cost of road maintenance has been significantly reduced. • Improved road condition: The company is funding the construction or improvement of existing feeder roads to the leaf shelter collection points. In many cases building leaf collection sheds has also meant constructing or improving access roads to supplier tea farms. With reduced motor vehicles using the roads, there is less degradation of roads and also better accessibility.
  6. 6. Social and Economic Benefits • Education: With improved savings both in terms of leaf transportation, reduced fuel consumption and road maintenance costs, the company was able to inject some of its profits in social responsibility to the community within which it works. This included the construction of a new block with an office and two classrooms plus staff quarters for Marinyin Secondary School. Many local children have benefited from the new facilities. Several other schools within the estate have been supported with improvements to their facilities and ongoing budget assistance for basic repairs and maintenance. Savings were also used to sponsor children of employees and also those from neighboring districts to go to colleges, universities and other tertiary institutions. • Healthcare- The company has upgraded the facilities of a heath center within the estate where this facility is located. This facility supports employees, their dependants and also neighboring communities. The company pays the salaries of a clinical officers, nurses and support staff.
  7. 7. Social and Economic Benefits • Reduced accidents- A reduction in traffic on the neighbouring roads and the reduced safety hazards associated with this. • Reduced cost of roads maintenance- The cost of road maintenance has been significantly reduced. • Improved road condition: The company is funding the construction or improvement of existing feeder roads to the leaf shelter collection points. In many cases building leaf collection sheds has also meant constructing or improving access roads to supplier tea farms. With reduced motor vehicles using the roads, there is less degradation of roads and also better accessibility.

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