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The Thai equivalent of Sukleen transports most of Bangkok's waste (population 8.5 million, of which we process some 6,000 tons of waste a day, more than Lebanon's entire waste output) to a landfill site.This gas (mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas) is then transported through a gas treatment system to generators which we buy from America's GE and which in turn export power to the Thai national grid.With this waste-to-energy gas, we produce electricity 24 hours a day, sufficient to power 100,000 homes, under power-purchase agreements which benefit from clear and transparent rules. The Thai government also provides an eight-year tax holiday for these types of projects, exemptions from import duties for renewable energy equipment and other tax deductions. That's because they understand that critical benefits of an organized waste management strategy include: better health for citizens (there is little worse than inhaling the methane and other gases from decomposing waste); a cleaner planet (methane gas from decomposing waste is a potent greenhouse gas and strong contributor to climate change); cleaner water (waste isn't dumped in rivers, the sea or anywhere else); quality jobs (clean energy employs up to eight times more jobs than power generation for coal, diesel or gas); and reasonably priced electricity.
Climate change: the elephant in the room
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