Responsibility in Norwegian Style

The Lókodi Youth Foundation is starting up a project entitled Sustainable Green Waste Management, which in the forthcoming one and a half year is going to implement an innovative, environment friendly venture in order to offer a viable solution for the green waste management of the disadvantaged rural areas of Hargita County.

The recently launched project’s goals are: to build a green waste collection service, to develop a biomass-powered heating system for the workrooms of the foundation and the production and sales of wood wastes products.  
“We are trying to promote the self-sustaining Szekler village, where the people are farming and breeding animals. We want to preserve the image of the village, support its values and introduce an alternative energy management.”- said Árpád Orbán, president of the Lókodi Youth Foundation (LIA), emphasizing that the sustainable green waste management is an important step in this process.

The president of the foundation also told us, that although at the moment the biomass powered heating system will be set only in the workrooms of the foundation, they are planning on extending it in the future to the public institutions as well.

The small village along the Homoród could be a good example.

At the moment there are numerous problems in Szeklerland such as the improper management of the forests, stubble firings. It is possible for us to set a really good example with our alternative waste management promoting initiative.”-said Mónika Pakot, project manager. The project is supported by Norway Grants that offered 200 thousand euros for its implementation through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, in the frame of Green Industry Innovation Program, but the foundation also contributes with a 50 thousand euros own fund share to make it become truth.

During the next 18 months we would build a complete system in Lókod, and we would transmit the necessary knowledge and responsibility to the involved people with the help of experts coming from Norway.
The goal of the project is to build a green waste collection service. In order to collect all the green waste, the cleaning of pastures and meadows would be done with machines and the branches and debris from the neighboring forests would be carefully collected. The obtained green waste would be enough to operate the Bio-gasification system; therefore the good quality wood waste could be used as raw material for the production of different products.

At the same time this project is a social project as well because it would create occupations for the disadvantaged or handicapped young adults coming from the orphanages and embraced by the foundation: they would be the ones to help in the realization of the self-sustaining village model. It is not outstanding only from an environmental point of view, but seen from a social point of view it is also an exemplary initiative.