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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Kaduwela MC and UNDP kick start Waste to Energy Project

Colombo, 05 October , (

The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) entered into its first Government Co-Financed project with the Kaduwela Municipal Council to effectively manage solid waste in the area to generate bio-gas energy.

In 2015, UNDP provided technical assistance to Kaduwela Municipal Council (KMC) to pilot the Solid Waste Management Project under the ‘Every Drop Matters’ Project which contributed to the ‘Pavithra Ganaga Programme’ of Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. Together with the local partner, Janathakshan, the innovative treatment technology was tested and used during this phase and was then expanded to adapt to the locally designed bio gas technology for Waste Management.

Co-Financed Project looking at Effective Solid Waste Management to Generate Bio Gas Energy

The Waste Management Unit in Kaduwela currently accommodates 1 MT of degradable solid waste per day and the gas produced by the system is fed in to a 5 kW generator. The electricity generated through this unit is then used by the Municipal Council to supplement the electricity requirement of the Waste Collection Center.

The Rs. 20 million agreement signed between UNDP and the Kaduwela Municipal Council will scale-up this initiative to accommodate 10 MT of Solid Waste per day and the electricity produced by the Bio Gas Unit will eventually contribute to the national grid.

Furthermore, this project is also expected to contribute to the Greenhouse Gas abatement intentions of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as well as to the 2015 Government’s Energy Sector Development Plan for 100% renewable energy in Sri Lanka by 2030 by significantly reducing waste respective landfills by 80%.

It will also result in improving the standard of living of the communities living around the landfills whilst serving as a model for Waste Management in other Municipal Council areas.

With a contribution of Rs. 9 million, UNDP, as the development arm of the UN working in Sri Lanka for five decades, is pleased to be working with the Kaduwela Municipal Council to provide technical assistance to address Waste Management challenges in Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

Picture depicts UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director, Jorn Sorensen and the Municipal Commissioner of the Kaduwela Municipal Council, Lekha Geethanjali Perera after signing the agreement.
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