• Waste-to-energy facility eyed in QC

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    THE Quezon City government is considering proposals from the French government and Japan’s Ministry of Environment to develop the Payatas dump into a waste-to-energy facility.

    Mayor Herbert Bautista said French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou disclosed that the French government is ready to provide 570,000 Euros to support a feasibility study on the city’s garbage conversion into power.

    France is interested to partner not only with Quezon City’s waste-to-energy project, but with its various business and cultural projects, he said.

    Bautista has sought the help of the Departments of Energy and of Environment and Natural Resources for updates on policies and regulations on allowable emission standards to ensure cleaner air.

    With the operation of a waste-to-energy plant, Quezon City would be able to generate its own power sources, increase its competitive attractions and provide a model for the country in tapping alternative energy sources, the mayor pointed out.

    He said Japan, through Hitachi Zosen Corp. Ltd. and EX Research Institute Ltd., earlier conducted its own research on what the city would need to develop the waste-to-energy project.

    IZA IGLESIAS

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