Environmental Science Institute (ESI)

About ESI

The Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI) is a national institute set up to provide technological services to national and regional stakeholders in order to enhance environmental performance of industrial products and services at local and international markets.

ESI has established enduring partnership with industry and other stakeholders through collaborative research, development of new products, consultancy and training in the environmental field. It also hosts the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) of Zimbabwe.

ESI Goal
To provide environmental research, training, consultancy and advisory services for improved and sustainable environmental management and resource utilization by providing tools and solutions for informed decision-making.

  • ESI Objectives

    • To develop and apply technologies and methods and/or products for solving environmental challenges in a sustainable manner.
    • To research on and contribute to sustainable natural resource management, protection of natural resources and environment.
    • To provide technical assistance in environmental management and cleaner production services and conduct environmental impact assessments for development projects.
    • To provide technical consultancy and advisory services in environmental education, management and climate change.
    • To participate in national, regional and international collaborative research activities.
  • Institute Divisions
    Natural Resources Management Division:

    • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
    • Natural Resources Management (soil, water, minerals, forests & biota)
    • Habitat restoration
    • Ecological research

    Industrial Environmental Management/Cleaner Production (IEM/CP):

    • Industrial Ecology
    • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
    • Resource Efficiency & Cleaner production (RECP) and Sustainable Consumption
    • Emissions Monitoring and Management (dust, particulates, gases , fumes)
    • Effluent Analysis and Management
    • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

    Environmental Technology Division:

    • Water treatment
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Resource recovery, reuse and recycling
    • Wetland restoration and bio-remediation

    Waste Management Division:

    • Solid waste management
    • Hazardous waste management
    • Integrated waste management

    Environmental Training/Capacity Building & Education Division:

    • Resource Efficiency & Cleaner Production (RECP) Technologies (CPT)
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
    • Environmental Law/Legislation
    • ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
    • Waste Management
    • Curricula development
    • State of the environment reporting

    Analytical Services Division:

    • Water quality assessments
    • Waste water analysis
    • Contaminated soils analysis
    • Air quality analysis
  • Current Research Areas

    • Improving environmental performance of products and services
    • Developing and commercialising alternative ways of treating water and wastewater. Work includes research on UV ֠drinking water disinfection, electro-coagulation of water and wastewater treatment technologies, use of water ionisers, membrane filtration and ozone based water disinfection.
    • Developing products from wastes. Work includes research into organic fertilizer production from industrial and animal waste materials such as tobacco chips and guano, biogas production and integrated industrial/urban solid waste management.
    • Climate change phenomenon and its impact on natural resources.
    • Innovative integrated rehabilitative environmental management. Work includes remediation of contaminated land, soil and water bodies, and monitoring for fugitive heavy metals.
  • Areas of Collaboration

    • Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) and sustainable consumption.
    • Water optimization in beverage and sugar industries to attain global standards.
    • Water treatment, sanitation and hygiene.
    • Wastewater treatment facilities design and construction.
    • Contaminated water and soil remediation.
    • Industrial hygiene (Occupational Health and Safety).
    • Field air quality assessments ֠flue gases and dust.
    • Modelling flue gases and dust emissions from industry.
    • Implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
    • Establishment of wet, soil and air testing laboratories.
  • Project Highlights

    • Turnall Fibre Cement. April 2011. Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production.
    • Crystal Candy. May 2011. Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production
    • Tanzania Tobacco Company. August 2010 and 2011. Environmental and Occupational Health Monitoring project
    • Lafarge Cement Company (2011). Biodiversity Survey
    • Smallholder Micro-irrigation Development Support Programme (European Union). March 2010. Tailor Made EIA Training Course for Irrigation Projects.
    • Lafarge Cement Company (2010). Fallout dust emission monitoring.
    • Delta Beverages Southerton Lagers Plant. Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Project (2010)
    • Seed Co (Pvt Ltd. (Zimbabwe). Dec 2009. Dust, noise and light assessment.
    • Macdonald Bricks, Bulawayo. Zimbabwe). August 2009. Dust and gas emissions assessments monitoring. Montgomerry Brick Making Plant.
    • Mozambique Leaf Tobacco (Tete). June 2009, June 2010 and June 2011. Dust, gas emissions and wastewater assessment
    • World Vision Zimbabwe. January 2008. An Evaluation of the ECHO Funded Water and Sanitation projects carried out in 10 districts
    • Wattle Company, Zimbabwe. June 2008. EIA for a proposed mini-hydropower station in Nyanga.
    • Health & hygiene, Zimbabwe. 2008. EIA for a proposed cotton bleaching plant in Rusape.
    • Unibusiness (Pvt) Ltd. 2008. EIA for a proposed bonded diesel warehouse in Beitbridge to export diesel to countries in the north.
    • ZINWA. 2008. Wenimbi pipeline EIA in Marondera.
    • Sasfuel & Chem. Pvt Ltd. 2007. EIA for a proposed diesel depot in Karoi to provide services to truckers in transit.
    • Zambezi Gas Pvt Ltd. 2007. EIA for a proposed coalmine on a 19 700 ha special grant in Hwange.
    • ZINWA. 2006. Causeway Dam Environmental Impact Assessment.
    • Zimphos. 2006. Particulate matter, NOx, SOx, CO and heat assessment in the work environment at a chemical processing factory
    • ESA-EU project. 2005. The joint ESA-EU initiative Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES) specialises in monitoring the environment for sustainable development and security.
    • UNIDO. 2005. Assessing the Uptake of Cleaner Production Technologies in Leather Industries.

For Further Information Contact:
The Director, ESI
Landline: +263(242) 860329 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines : +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772773551
Email: esi@sirdc.ac.zw, smushiri@sirdc.ac.zw