An Australian company called on Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and showed keen interest in setting up a plant in the state for converting municipal solid waste into eco-fuel.
Following this, the chief minister asked the local government to explore the feasibility of converting solid waste to eco-fuel of very high calorific value through a strategic tie-up with the Australian company, Continuum Energy.
The chief minister also asked the officers to examine the output product of eco-fuel along with the officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to ensure the adaptability of this technology to Indian conditions and in compliance with the regulatory norms at the earliest.
A decision in this regard was taken by CM Mann while chairing a meeting with the Australia-based company at his office in Punjab Civil Secretariat.
Bhagwant Mann envisioned that this project could act as a catalyst for solving the problem of management of solid waste in urban areas of the state. He said that solid waste management is the need of the hour to make the cities of the state clean, green and pollution free.
During the meeting, the Director of Continuum Energy, Russell Tattum, gave a detailed presentation regarding the process of converting solid waste. The technology that will be used in this ambitious project complies with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Eco-fuel can be used to supplement coal, heavy fuel oils, diesel, gas and other high carbon/ expensive fuel sources in power stations and kilns.