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BY LAHIRU POTHMULLA The Kaduwela M u n i c i p a l Council and the United Nation D e v e l o p m e n t Programme (UNDP) entered into an agreement worth Rs.20 million to generate bio-gas energy by managing solid waste collected from the area effectively. Issuing a statement, the UNDP said the Waste Management Unit in Kaduwela currently accommodates one 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 Centre. The project will also improve the standard of livelihood of the communities living around the landfills,” it said adding it would serve as a model for Waste Management in other Municipal areas.

Eventually, the agreement which was signed on Tuesday is expected to expand the project to accommodate 10 MT of Solid Waste per day and the electricity produced by the Bio- Gas Unit would be added to the national grid in the future. 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% renewable energy in Sri Lanka by 2030 by significantly reducing waste respective landfills by 80%. With a contribution of Rs. 9 million, the UNDP, as the development arm of the UN working in Sri Lanka said that it was pleased to be working with the Kaduwela Municipal Council to provide technical assistance to address Waste Management challenges in Sri Lanka. In 2015, the UNDP provided technical assistance to Kaduwela Municipal Council (KMC) to pilot the Solid Waste Management Project. Together with the local partner, Janathakshan, the innovative treatment technology was tested and was used during the first phase and was then expanded to adapt to the locally designed bio- gas technology for Waste Management.