Interaction and Discussion on Waste to Energy : Challenges in Management

Waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity heat from the primary treatment of waste. Waste-to-energy is a form of energy recovery. Most Waste-to-energy processes produce electricity and/or heat directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.

The consumption habits of modern consumer lifestyles are causing a huge worldwide waste problem. Having overfilled local landfill capacities, many first world nations are now exporting their refuse to third world countries. This is having a devastating impact on ecosystems and cultures throughout the world. Some alternative energy companies are developing new ways to recycle waste by generating electricity from landfill waste and pollution. The articles on this page explore waste to energy technology and potential.

Waste management is a challenge in realty. Dumping waste at designed sites is not a real solution now. The technological innovations are offering different choices in the regard.

Waste to energy is not a new concept in Nepal as the early experts express on occasions. Once waste is wealth had been an attractive slogan in the urban areas including Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

Some efforts have been put to manage waste properly and efficiently in the past by different institutions and organizations also. However, productive use of as waste to energy has been somehow new concept in practice in Nepal. The 14kW electricity generating plant in Kathmandu is one such initiative which uses waste as material and that is managing municipal waste. Some other initiative also have been said to be implemented soon.

Thus, (a) understanding concept of waste to energy is an essential component for the entrepreneurs and professionals. Likewise, (b) exploring right solution by innovation and management is another component to understand. (c) Investment in waste to energy is another component to understand.

There may be other than three components as mentioned above standing as challenges. The proposed interaction programme has been expected to churn out more to this effect. The participants will lend their opinions and views for better waste to energy concept.

Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) has been extending its technical and financial supports to the institutions and entrepreneurs in promotion of waste to energy as well. The centre will be functioning as a focal institution to enhance waste to energy concept to bring into realities.  

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