This study assesses the establishment of a new sugarcane estate in the Luena region of northern Zambia. Luena is a remote region for which new development alternatives are being considered by the Zambian government, while sugarcane offers a renewable resource that is quite suitable for the climate and the region. Although the establishment of a sugarcane estate has been considered in the region for many years, this study is the first to take a broad perspective based on the goals of sustainable development for the region.
Introduction: The potential for using sugarcane to support sustainable development in the Luena region of Zambia has been investigated in the project. Special emphasis has been placed on two of the major renewable energy resources that can be derived from the sugarcane plant: ethanol and electricity. The use of clean-burning ethanol fuel represents an important option for developing a sustainable transport sector in Zambia, reducing the oil import bill and saving foreign exchange. Electricity generated from cane residues and exported to the electricity grid offers a cost-effective means to strengthen and diversify Zambia’s electricity supply system. Keep reading