A one-day conference and exhibition on ‘Accelerating Development of Waste-to-Energy Projects in India’ was held in February 2016 in New Delhi., in association with IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd. The aim of the conference was to discuss and debate on the multiple challenges faced by the nascent waste-to-energy sector in the country and explore various pathways to take it forward. The conference was inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. The Guest of Honour was Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, while other dignitaries included Mahesh Babu, MD, IL & FS Environment Infrastructure & Services Ltd, and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE. Topics covered in the conference included, the status of Municipal Solid Waste Management and WTE Projects in India, the Indian and Global Experience in Technology and Project Implementation (four case studies), and issues related to policy, regulation, and finance.

Participants included stakeholders from waste-to-energy companies, officials from state nodal agencies, regulatory commissions, utilities, local bodies, financial institutions, etc. The conference proceedings were widely disseminated to various government ministries dealing with waste-to-energy. Development of waste-to-energy projects gained momentum after the event. Post the event, WISE was involved in helping the industry to get tariff determined by the state electricity regulatory commissions.

Waste-to-Energy conference in New Delhi
Prakash Javadekar, Hon. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Gol, delivering the Chief Guest’s address at the
‘Waste-to-Energy’ conference in New Delhi.