ADB and BIWASE sign loan to support sustainable waste management

Monday, Dec 12, 2022 16:18

Representatives of ADB and Binh Duong Water Environment Joint Stock Company (BIWASE) at the signing ceremony. — Photo

ADB and Binh Duong Water Environment Joint Stock Company (BIWASE) have signed a US$13 million loan to finance the construction and operation of a composting plant and waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Binh Duong Province in Viet Nam.

The financing comprises $7 million from ADB’s ordinary capital resources and, $6 million from the Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) administered by ADB. The financing package also includes a parallel cofinancing of $7 million from the Japan International Co-operation Agency.

The composting plant will have a processing capacity of 840 tonnes daily while the WTE facility will be able to process 200 tonnes of industrial and municipal solid waste per day to generate 5MW of electricity for in-house use at the South Binh Duong Solid Waste Treatment Complex. Output from the compost facility will be sold as fertiliser for agricultural use.

“Viet Nam’s rapid urbanisation and economic growth has led to a sharp increase in municipal and industrial waste, and yet long-term financing for waste treatment plants remains a challenge,” said the Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department Suzanne Gaboury. “This project addresses the pressing need for efficient waste management in Binh Duong Province and provides a strong case for commercial lenders to consider future investments to make cities more livable and develop ways of generating renewable energy that help tackle the causes of climate change.”

Binh Duong Province is one of the most rapidly industrialising provinces in Viet Nam, but this rapid growth generates large amounts of solid waste. In 2019, the province generated about 2,661 tonnes of waste per day, slightly higher than the global average. Industrial composting and WTE facilities can reduce the increasing volume of waste going to landfills.

“A rapid increase in municipal and industrial waste in fast-growing parts of Viet Nam is straining the country’s waste management system, and if unchecked can threaten public health,” said ADB Director General for Southeast Asia Ramesh Subramaniam. “This project supports Viet Nam’s continuous efforts to improve the overall waste management system. It will provide a model for other Viet Nam provinces and surrounding countries seeking to reduce waste through modern processing systems and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.”

“ADB has been a long-term partner in our work to support Viet Nam’s water and sanitation priorities, and we look forward to working with ADB again in this project,” said BIWASE’s chairman of the board of directors Nguyen Van Thien. “This project shows international and commercial financers that Viet Nam’s waste management sector is both feasible and attractive.” — VNS

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