ADB facilitates waste-to-energy plants in Vietnam

Friday, 2018-02-02 16:58:52
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The Nam Son waste-to-energy complex, Soc Son district, Hanoi.
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NDO – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reached a US$100 million loan facility agreement with China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to help a series of municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in the Mekong Delta region.

The initiative is the first municipal WTE public-private partnership project in Vietnam.

Christopher Thieme, Deputy Director General of the Private Sector Operations Department at ADB, said that the agreement signed on Friday will be a new model to improve solid waste management in Vietnam, and also mitigate climate change by reducing methane emissions and increasing energy generation from renewable sources.

ADB’s assistance will support the construction and operation of a series of WTE plants using advanced clean technologies in cities in the Mekong Delta. Each WTE plant will treat solid municipal waste and supply electricity to the local electricity grid.

Vietnam generates more than 27.8 million tonnes of waste annually but most of the collected waste is disposed of in landfills.

CEIL, one of the world’s leading integrated environmental protection companies with environmental protection projects across China, will develop and invest in the WTE subprojects in Vietnam in order to facilitate the harmless treatment, reduction, and reuse of household waste in cities and produce clean electricity.

Vietnam generates more than 27.8 million tonnes of waste annually and most of the collected waste is currently disposed of in landfills, posing a significant health risk to nearby communities.

One of the most effective ways to treat and manage this increasing quantity of solid municipal waste is through WTE, which can reduce waste volumes by 90% and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, while also producing energy from the heat produced by the waste during incineration.