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Myanmar’s first Waste to Energy plant inaugurated

JFE Engineering Corporation (JFE) together with the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) have held an inauguration ceremony for the “Yangon Waste to Energy Plant” in Yangon City, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The Yangon Waste to Energy plant project is a first for Myanmar (photo courtesy JFE).

Japan-based heavy engineering and civil construction company JFE Engineering Corporation (JFE) has together with the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) held an inauguration ceremony for the “Yangon Waste to Energy Plant” in Yangon City, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. YCDC is the project owner, and JFE was the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the first-of-its-kind project in Myanmar.

The city generates over 2 500 tonnes of waste per day which up to now has been disposed of by landfilling. The newly constructed WtE plant will divert waste from landfill and provide much-needed electricity.

The 0.76 MWe output plant has a capacity to treat 60 tonnes of waste per day and has been designed and built using state-of-the-art technology developed by JFE. The project has been dubbed “the Model Project” not only for Myanmar, but also for other countries in the Southeast Asia region, where appropriate solid waste management is an urgent issue.

The Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) was applied to this project as the first Waste to Energy plant project in Myanmar. The introduction of the plant is expected to contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions through the reduction of methane (CH4) emissions from the landfill disposal site and the substitution of fossil fuel-based electricity. These emissions reductions will contribute to the achievement of Japan’s National Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target.

Dignitaries attending the inauguration ceremony, which was held April 7, prepare to cut the tape.
Center: H.E. Mr. Phyo Min Thein, the Chief Minister of Yangon Region; right of center: H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; left of center: H.E. Mr. Tin Maung Tun, the Chairman of Parliament of Yangon Region; second from right: Mr. Soichiro Seki, the Special Advisor to the Minister of the Environment, Japan; second from left: H.E. Mr. Maung Maung Soe, the Mayor of Yangon City; far right: Mr. Keiji Yoshida, Executive Vice President, JFE Engineering Corporation (photo courtesy JFE).

Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)

The Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) facilitates diffusion of leading low carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure as well as the implementation of mitigation actions, and contributes to the sustainable development of developing countries. It appropriately evaluates contributions by Japan to GHG emission reductions or removals in a quantitative manner by applying measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) methodologies, and uses them to achieve Japan’s National Emission Reduction Target.

The JCM contributes to the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by facilitating global actions for GHG emission reductions or removals, complementing the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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