Karl Edberg, Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden informed that his country would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian government on urban development.
Edberg is the Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden on Environment, Climate Change and Energy. He recently held discussions with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad on issues of urban development.
He said his country is keen to collaborate more to take forward the process of waste-to-energy projects for sustainable urban development.
He said this during an interactive session of officials of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and a 15-member Swedish delegation, which he was leading recently.
He said solid waste should be viewed from its potential as a revenue-earner from generation of energy. However, it was the financial side that needed to be taken a closer look and technology was not a problem, he remarked.
Municipal Commissioner MV Satyanarayana said in 2007 an MoU was entered into and in 2011 joint collaboration started to support waste-to-energy projects.
Now, GVMC will come forward with concrete proposals for the next course of action with a view to achieve solid waste management without a landfill.