UNDP signs Rs20 mln biogas agreement with Kaduwela MC

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Oct 04, 2016 (LBO) – 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.

“The 20 million rupees agreement signed today between UNDP and the Kaduwela Municipal Council will scale-up this initiative to accommodate 10 metric tonne of solid waste per day and the electricity produced by the Bio Gas Unit will eventually contribute to the national grid,” a UN statement said.

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 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 percent renewable energy in Sri Lanka by 2030 by significantly reducing waste respective landfills by 80 percent.

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.

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.