Green technology deployment in industrial zones

Senegal industry

This Technology Transfer Advances Senegal's


Senegal is one of the most industrialized countries in West Africa and has the fourth largest economy in the region (after Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana), which is based on tourism, agro-industries,  mining and fisheries and benefits from a strong presence of multinational companies concentrated in urban areas. The country notably faces challenges related to the availability of affordable energy, as well as natural resource management and environmental conservation.

Four main sectors can be considered as high-potential value chains with strong comparative advantages regarding industrial capacity, value added and employment: agro-food, textile, minerals, and chemicals. Nonetheless, the Senegalese industrial base remains fragile, given the small size of production units and economic actors, high input costs, the underutilization of production capacity, and limited access to finance for local and national enterprises. In addition to these drawbacks, industrial production suffers significantly from its strong concentration in the Dakar area, hampering the potential of provincial economic zones, as well as from Jack of diversification and a system of product quality certification.

This notwithstanding, targeted actions undertaken recently have allowed to develop sparkling activities in particular economic zones and the development of high value-addition niches, including with considerable potential for export. Access to modern technologies requires additional attention and support. Technology innovation is key to strategic sectors that are potent in terms of wealth and employment generation.

Assistance Requested

Provide state-of-the-art technical assistance to unfold the potential in terms of green technologies in selected industrial agglomerations (either brown- or greenfield). The expert advice should allow to identify and implement opportunities related to improving resource productivity (i.e. doing more with less) and reducing pollution intensity (i.e. the environmental footprint).

The CTCN should assist in making resource recovery common practice. Materials, water and energy that are regarded as unproductive by one company can be turned into a business opportunity by another operating nearby (industrial symbiosis). There are numerous successful implementations of such concept and useful lessons can be drawn.

Detailed strategies and implementation measures are thus expected to deploy climate technologies, including those identified in the TNA, to boost industrial competitiveness. Options would include process upgrading and better management, resource substitution (incl. renewable energy) and recycling, with the aspirational objective of closing material, energy and/or water cycles within clusters of co-located users. Further measures pertain to shared logistics, collective energy generation system and/or waste and effluent treatment.

The assistance from the CTCN ought to include technical advice, as well as support to leverage finance to implement the measures prioritized.

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

  • Industrial symbiosis

Expected Benefits

  • Removal of barriers to the deployment of climate technologies deemed priority.
  • Significant savings for enterprises by improving resource productivity and waste valorisation through the targeted implementation of climate technologies and measures.
  • In turn, increased competitiveness of industries and job creation.
  • By capitalizing on the studies and first experiences, it will be possible  to develop a real  industrial  ecology  approach  for the  design  and the implementation  of new industrial  parks  across the country.

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Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Energies Renouvelables
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals

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