ENVAQUA: this is the name of the new Dutch association for Environmental and Water Technology. It was founded 22 January 2015 as the merger between the Dutch Association of Environmental Technology Suppliers and Aqua Netherlands. ENVAQUA represents 121 member companies and can be regarded as the Dutch gateway for environmental and water technology. In his opening speech, the chairman Mr. Erwin Dirkse of DMT Environmental Technology announced that ENVAQUA will promote the interests of its members and aspires to be a driver for innovation and exports. For the moment, the focus is on water technology, but the association is also very active in waste management, soil remediation, air quality and renewable energy. Soon the website will be launched at www.envaqua.nl.
In the week 24-28 August Colombian and Dutch waste experts tour the Netherlands in search of waste recycling options applicable in Colombia. Ports of call include the waste incinerator in Harlingen, the OMRIN Mechanical Biological Treatment plant in Oude Haske, the Twence waste facility and a plastics recycling plant. The goal is to identify feasible recycling options for Colombian Decree 838 on waste utilization and disposal. Team members are Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio of the Colombian company MAG Consultoría, Mr. Frans Lamers of DNV GL Energy and Mr. Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Leefomgeving. The project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. It is a spin-off activity of the ongoing Partners for International Business / Government-to-Government program on waste between the Netherlands and Colombia. In December the team will deliver the new Decree to the Ministry of Housing in Colombia, taking the country an important step further on its path towards sustainability.
Photo clockwise, starting upper left: Mr. Herman Huisman, Mr. Frans Lamers, Mrs. Magda Correal and Mrs. Angela Osorio.
In 2011, Myanmar started to democratize and to open up its economy. It resulted in an estimated growth of 7%-8% annually. The expectation is that this growth will continue. This development will be strengthened by the country’s strategic location between China, India and Thailand; the heart of the world’s fastest-growing regional economy. Myanmar’s expected industrialization, rapid urbanization and changing consumption patterns will come with important challenges in managing the country’s solid waste.
The Dutch water sector is already active in Myanmar, providing support in enhancing its resilience to floods in view of its large delta areas, rivers and coastal zones. At the same time, one of the most important issues in water management is the presence of solid waste, causing extreme levels of pollution and urban floodings, as well as liquid waste polluting the fresh water resources that are currently still abundant. The Dutch Embassy considers to broaden its focus by including solid (/liquid) waste management.
Myanmar’s 57 million inhabitants are producing an estimated 15-20.000 tons of solid waste per day, much of it in the main cities Yangon and Mandalay. These amounts are expected to rise rapidly and will cause serious (health and environmental) problems if not properly dealt with. At the same time it may provide a future market with opportunities for companies and institutions in Myanmar and the Netherlands.
The Netherlands intends to explore the possibilities to develop the waste sector in Myanmar with Dutch expertise and support. As a start, a scoping mission by Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Environment, Hans Breukelman of BreAd BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus will visit the country coming March 13-24 2017. The team will assess existing policies, infrastructure, organizations, services and market circumstances. The result will be a market and cooperation report.
You are invited to join the associated LinkedIn group to keep abreast of developments.
"Weka jiji safi", that is Swahili for: "Keep your city clean". A Dutch Expert Mission on Waste Management, which visited the 4.5 million metropole Dar es Salaam 5-9 September, encountered promising signs of environmental awareness. But in general the situation proved worrisome.
Friday November 4th the Expert Team (Herman Huisman of Rijkswaterstaat Leefomgeving, Hans Breukelman of BreAd BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus) presented its findings to a group of approximately 30 entrepreneurs and other stakeholders at the headquarters of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in the Hague. First Secretary Economic and Trade Policy of the Dutch Embassy in Tanzania Mr. Eugene Gies kicked off with the latest news. Every first Saturday of the month, Dar es Salaam residents now have to clean up their property and their street. A clear sign that the President Mr. John Magufuli is serious about tidying up the city. Unfortunately most of the collected garbage goes up in flames.
The Expert Team reviewed the waste situation in Dar es Salaam, the regulatory framework and the Dutch plans for follow-up. Every day the city generates approximately 5,600 tons of waste. Only 1,000 tons/day of this amount ends up at the Pugu landfill. The remainder is buried, incinerated or disposed off illegally. Waste collection is poorly organized, same as the collection of waste fees. The Pugu landfill is actually an uncontrolled waste dump without proper linings, leachate treatment or landfill gas collection. The situation is worsening rapidly as according to the Expert Team, the waste output of Dar es Salaam is growing approximately 10% per year.
Quick and effective action is considered necessary. The Expert Team proposes an overall upgrade of the waste management system in Dar es Salaam. Among the first targets are the Pugu landfill and the waste collection system (including waste transfer stations). Under the umbrella of a Government-to-Government project, in the coming four months a "Dar es Salaam waste Coalition" will be formed, consisting of the Dar es Salaam City Council, the five city districts plus other stakeholders (including donor organizations). As soon as this coalition has agreed on a joint strategy to upgrade the city's waste system, the plans will be worked out more in detail through a Develop 2 Build preparatory study. This will provide the Dar es Salaam authorities with a detailed strategy to upgrade the waste system, possibly backed up with a DRIVE project and/or efforts by other donors.
Undoubtedly, in the slipstream of these efforts opportunities will arise for Dutch companies, such as consultancy services, civil works and the delivery of waste collection vehicles and transfer stations. In the medium term the Expert Team expects an increase of recycling activities, composting, treatment of hazardous waste and possibly the production of RDF for cement kilns. A complete review of the waste situation in Dar es Salaam and opportunities for the Dutch private sector can be found in the report "Expert Mission on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) to Dar es Salaam". The latest developments are shared through the LinkedIn Group "Solid waste cooperation between Tanzania and the Netherlands".
EPM and the Embassy of the Netherlands signing the MoU at Exporesiduos 2014
Colombia is growing at a healthy pace of approximately 5% per year. Its waste and waste water outputs are growing accordingly, if not faster. The country is still highly dependent on dumpsites and sanitary landfills for its waste, and well functioning waste water treatment plants are a rarity. The country is keen on professionalizing its waste and waste water treatment practises and is therefore considered a promising market for Dutch waste management and waste water treatment technology and services. With this in mind, MetaSus has initiated a so called "Partners for International Business" project, meant to position key Dutch suppliers of waste and waste water treatment technologies on the Colombian market. Participants thus far include VDL Translift (supplier of waste collection and transport systems), WAVIN (urban water management systems) and Geesinknorba (waste collection vehicles and acessories). Together with other Dutch companies participating on an ad-hoc basis the group presented itself at the ANDESCO trade fair and congress mid 2013 and at ExpoResiduos of ACODAL in 2014. This year the Netherlands will be Special Invited Country at the ACODAL Annual Congress in Santa Marta, 9-11 September. Dutch companies interested in joining the Partners for International Business" project are invited to express their interest to Bert Keesman of MetaSus, Tel. + 31 6 12699014, email: keesman<at>metasus.nl.