Waste to energy programme to transform Nashik's energy outlook

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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:22

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting the Nashik Municipal Corporation on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BmUB) of Germany as part of its international climate initiative (IKI).

Shri Girish Mahajan, Minister of Water Resources and Medical Education, inaugurated the innovative, one of its kind; Waste to Energy Plant for Nashik city on 29 November, 2017 in the presence of Mr. Navin Aggarwal; Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Government of India and Mr. Uday Tikale, Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Maharashtra, Government of India  

Also present at the event were Mayor of NMC, Commissioner of NMC Mr. Abhishek Krushna; Mr. Arne Panesar,  Mr. Dirk Walther, Project Director Waste to Energy Project, GIZ and Councillors of the Area. 

Speaking on the occasion Shri Girish Mahajan said “this plant will help solve many solid waste management and septage management issues of the city. The city will become cleaner and healthier. This innovative model is something that the other cities of Maharashtra should come forward and replicate”   

The Waste to Energy Project in Nashik, is a project of Nashik Municipal Corporation in cooperation with GIZ as implementation partner. The plant is treating biodegradable waste and septage generated in the city and generates energy through biogas for feeding it into the Maharashtra power grid. It is one solution which, through co-processing of septage (faecal sludge) with organic solid waste will generate energy from urban waste.

This project showcases a viable business model for implementation of waste to energy projects through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and is built on a comprehensive financial and operational model. The project in Nashik showcases a model to develop and replicate sustainable Waste to Energy technology with the potential of reducing investment costs for the public sector and to achieve sustainability in operation. The project closes the loops by creating additional benefits like reduction of a carbon footprint and resource efficiency, which for India as a rising economy is of utmost importance to mitigate environmental impacts.