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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The Federation of Metropolitan Municipalities has renewed an agreement with the state power company to produce energy from solid waste and sell it for a period of 25 years.
This agreement was renewed despite the fact that there is still a moratorium in effect on power generation from waste, which it is estimated will be suspended in March, once the regulation governing this activity is ready.
The textile firm Hanes Brands has announced the construction of a power plant based on Kingras, capable of generating between 2.5 MW and 5.5 MW.
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 Ministry of Health has announced that the new regulations governing the generation of energy from biomass by municipalities will be ready in March.
Ameliarueda.com reports that "... Since last year an executive decree has been in effect which establishes a moratorium on any attempt to generate electricity from waste materials, however, the new rules allows for a repeal, since one of the conditions was that a regulation be applied to govern such processes."
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.