A statement from the Chamber of Industry reads:
The need to ensure the sustainability of industries, requires finding alternatives for waste management and its use as an energy source so as to enhance the competitiveness of the sector.
In order to present some waste management and biomass solutions in the Netherlands, the business mission will arrive, organized by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) and the Dutch company MétaSus, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
On the 4 and 5 June this year, Costa Rican businessmen will meet with representatives from six companies from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who will come to show their experience, skills and abilities in the management of waste and biomass for the Costa Rican and Central American production sectors.
Guillermo Velasquez, Director of Development at the Institute for Business Excellence at the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica, says that "the mission will provide a space for domestic enterprises to establish strategic relationships with suppliers of solutions in waste and biomass management so that we can implement solutions in Costa Rica and Central America to promote the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry."
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Representatives from Hanes Brands in El Salvador indicated that the purpose of the investment is "... to reduce energy demand and reduce costs. It has been estimated that the installed capacity will allow for a self-sufficiency energy level of 60% for making textiles. "
The absence of a long-term waste management policy is preventing the ability to take advantage of a sector which could generate significant business opportunities.
An Editorial on Nacion.com notes that "...The reasons for this lethargy, in the face of a problem that is about to overwhelm us and could be an important source of income, range from financing to lack of technological alternatives.
The government has ratified contracts with hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal power generators for 450 MW, 70 MW and 40 MW, respectively.
A few days before the entry into force of the new General Law on the Electricity Industry, which prevents Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica from making contracts without using a tender process, the Board of Directors of the company has approved the purchase of 560 MW.
The government has allocated $9.7 million to the cultivation of 125,000 hectares of palm, which will be used to supply a new plant with capacity to produce 1.8 MW.
Laprensa.hn reports that "... The new company Geopalsa has capacity to produce 1.8 MW and their representatives say that the energy is constant and they can offer a supply of electricity without interruption for eight thousand hours a year."