"The Social Impact of Takoradi Green Campus will be tremendous and long lasting"

Sustainable Development Statement

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. Each goal has several specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development should be easy to describe but the most widely accepted definition is seriously cryptic: “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”[1]

Interpretation of the SDG’s is cause for many a debate and allows programs to project their interest, hope, and aspiration onto the banner of sustainable development.

The Takoradi Green Campus (TGC) project aligns and contributes towards 6 Global Goals.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

This Goal is comprised of 10 individual targets. TGC contributes specifically to the third target:

“By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university” [2]

Affordable, decent and safe Student Accommodation directly impacts a student’s ability to attend, work efficiently and complete their tertiary education. The TGC project solves this problem for Takoradi Technical University students. It is reported that only 1/3 of Ghanaians accepted into university actually attend due to insufficient student accommodation.

Once complete, 3000 students who may, otherwise, not be able to find suitable accommodation and not attend university, will benefit from the new satellite campus in Akatakyi.

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

This Goal is comprised of 8 individual targets. TGC contributes specifically to the 7th and 8th targets:

“By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

By 2030, support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.”

A series of small scale anaerobic digesters will receive all food and sewerage waste produced and convert it into biogas, organic fertiliser and irrigation water. This is a proven benchmark solution for Ghana that could catalyse out from the actual university campus and benefit local communities who will have access to value added products such as organic fertiliser, biogas, irrigation water that have been locally produced through recycling of waste. Knowledge of the solution is likely to spread and it is not unrealistic to consider the system being adopted by surrounding communities. There is a considerable sewerage waste issue in Takoradi.[3] Deploying this solution at TGC will demonstrate this cutting edge technology and allow others who see it to consider the solution for themselves.

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

This Goal is comprised of 5 targets. TGC contributes to 4 out of 5 of these targets.

“By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support”

The anaerobic digester already contributes towards these targets and installing roof-top solar expands the impact. TGC’s energy strategy is to become independent of the stressed National Grid by 2020. TGC will achieve this by leveraging solar technology potential on the roof of the buildings and balancing the peak hour energy demand by storing energy in the form of compressed biogas which will then be used to power a generator.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

This Goal is comprised of 8 targets. TGC contributes towards 3 of them.

“Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020"

The underlying concept of the Takoradi Green Campus centers round Tiguri’s Green Village concept of building a sustainable community. Without TGC thousands of students would not be able to attend technical university and therefore nor would they ever be likely to contribute to raise industry’s share of employment because they would not qualify for any relevant employment.

Tiguri brings international cooperation to TGC and facilitates its access to clean energy.

TGC is a satellite campus in Akatakyi about 20 kilometers from the centre of Takoradi. Already, this project has led to road, energy, sewerage, telecommunications and other infrastructure to be installed up to the site boundary. Once complete the university will set a new benchmark in student accommodation and its learning and living infrastructure will act as a show case to what is obtainable through greater use of clean and environmentally sound technologies.

The Project Responsible’ company, Royal Systems and Services Limited, is a leading telecommunications infrastructure provider. The entire site, including the lecture halls, etc. will have access to information and communications technology. Once complete, outreach learning programs are envisioned for the surrounding community.

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

This Goal is comprised of 10 targets. TGC contributes towards 1 of them however; against Tiguri’s Green Village concept several more targets can be aligned.

“Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials”

TGC is being built using an advanced light steel frame building technology. Royal Systems has purchased the necessary machinery specifically for this project. The consequence enables raw materials to be imported and value added by rolling the frames locally. The machine will also produce bed frames which would otherwise be imported. Additionally, unless significant quality is compromised so much it affects safety standards, as many materials, fixtures, fittings, etc. are sourced locally. E.g., Roofing.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

This Goal is comprised of 6 targets. TGC contributes towards 2 of them.

“Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

The use of the light steel, solar, anaerobic digestion, advanced building technology, etc. directly and indirectly improves education and raises awareness of climate change. These will feature in TGC’s promotion and TGC will collaborate with relevant Takoradi technical University faculties to enable practical learning opportunities.

TGC goes a step further than simply promoting. It is doing. TGC will directly save over 1000 tons of Carbon entering the atmosphere annually through the anaerobic digesters alone.

This Statement has been prepared by Tiguri GmbH for Takoradi Green Campus Limited. Its purpose is to detail in short the TGC’s direct and indirect Social Impact contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

"The Social Impact of Takoradi Green Campus will be tremendous and long lasting. It is reasonable to believe that we will see the most significant Impact begin to shape in as little as 1 or 2 years after construction is completed as the surrounding area of Akatakyi begins to germinate. It is not unreasonable to accept this suburb of Takoradi, specifically the immediate areas outside of the universities 152 acre site, will develop into a modern suburb, sustainably, as a direct consequence of Takoradi Technical Universities satellite Green Campus."

Guy van der Walt, Tiguri GmbH, co-owner and CEO.

[1] http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

[2] http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/education/

[3] Refer Investment Memorandum – Risk Analysis

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