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MCD first civic body in India to win carbon credits

The MCD today claimed that it has become the first civic body in the country to win carbon credit through its municipal solid waste compost plant in Okhla area of south Delhi.



New Delhi: The MCD today claimed that it has
become the first civic body in the country to win carbon
credit through its municipal solid waste compost plant in
Okhla area of south Delhi.

An advance of Rs 5 lakh against net carbon emission
reduction (CER) earning at the plant was handed over to MCD
Commissioner K S Mehra by Infrastructural Land and Finance
Services (IL&FS) Waste Management and Urban Services Limited.
The CERs issued from the Okhla composting clean
development mechanism project is the first for any municipal
solid waste management project in the country and also the
first for any municipal solid waste composting project in the
world, the MCD said in a press statement.

The Okhla compost plant has been revived in public
private partnership between MCD and IL&FS wherein an agreement
was signed to upgrade it in May 2007 with CDM benefits.

Waste processing projects avoid methane emissions from
anaerobic decomposition of municipal solid waste in a landfill
site. Moreover, Methane is a green house gas with high global
warming potential, hence eligible as a CDM project activity,
it said.

The project contributes to sustainable development
through cleaning up the urban landscape thus improving health
and hygiene and saving precious land at the solid waste
disposal site. The project also leads to integrated plant
nutrient management in the country since municipal solid waste
compost is the most biologically rich organic source
increasing the soil productivity.

MCD said the project was successfully registered with UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change on June 22, 2009.

The implementing agency performed monitoring and
verification of the Okhla plant in December 2009 and 5127 CERs
have been reported by IL&FS in its monitoring report. The
report has been submitted to UNFCCC for issuance of CERs.

As per the concession agreement with MCD, 25 per cent of
the net CER earning (for the first 5 years) has to be shared
with MCD.

-PTI

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