While addressing a workshop on waste to energy organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Power Minister, RK Singh said "We need many such (waste to energy) plants for many more metropolitan cities, towns and cities. As citizens, it is our combined responsibility to handle the waste,"
Referring to the recent incident of waste landfill in Ghazipur in Delhi giving way, Mr Singh, also the New and Renewable Energy Minister, said, "We need to avoid incidents like that which happened. A huge waste landfill collapsed. It is a matter of shame for us."
He further said, "I will write to the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi, that he should consider setting up 3-4 more (waste to energy) plants like the one in Timarpur. It will mandatory for all towns and cities to set up these plants. It can be on PPP (public private partnership) or tariff based bidding."
Suggesting to MNRE Secretary Anand Kumar to frame a scheme on this, Mr Singh said, "Let's build a scheme like that and circulate this to states. This was an idea which was long overdue. We need to push it hard."
The solid waste in India has a potential to generate power of approximately 500 mw, which can be raised to 1,075 mw by 2031 and further to 2,780 mw by 2050 according to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy estimates
India has harnessed 114.08 mw of waste-to-energy potential till August this year.
Mr Kumar, on his part, said: "We are planning to start a new programme to tackle the cow dung for generation of bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) and also bio gas to enter bioenergy. Over 1,000 Gaushalas (cow shelters) support the idea."
Mr Kumar further said, " We have potential to generate bio gas through effluents, cow dung, vegetable market waste and even paddy straw (which caused pollution on burning). It can also generate bio fertiliser."
The trading of Energy Saving Certificates (ESCerts) under the government's Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme was also launched by the power minister.
Now at two energy exchanges -- Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Power Exchange India Limited (PXIL) the designated industries, under the PAT scheme, can buy and sell ESCert.
ESCerts are issued by the Ministry of Power when a Designated Consumer (DC) achieves and surpasses the target according to the PAT scheme. To comply with energy consumption norms and standards they can be sold to DCs that fail to achieve their targets.