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Bio-gas seen as cheap option for Sri Lankan small businesses

ECONOMYNEXT – Bio-gas has potential to be a cheaper and cleaner renewable energy alternative to petroleum-based fuels like liquid petroleum gas among Sri Lankan small businesses, according to a European Union-funded program.

The EU SWITCH-Asia initiative said Asia is the centre of domestic biogas development with close to 50 million operational units installed.

“Medium scale biogas takes on significance, especially as a waste management solution, with thousands of installations in such facilities as hotels, textile and food-processing factories, public buildings, markets and households,” a statement said.

The European Union program supports "sustainable consumption and production" and aims to get businesses and consumers to switch to cleaner and renewable sources of energy.

“Sri Lanka has great potential to conduct a successful biogas programme given its ability to attract biogas users and novel technologies from within the country and outside,” said Wim J. van Nes, Renewable Energy Senior Strategy Officer of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

“As a country that strives for self-sufficiency, it’s important that various stakeholders look into innovations for market to drive growth and development in the biogas and renewable energy sectors,” he told a forum on financing the biogas sector.

The project targets tourism small and medium enterprises , households and public authorities in the country while building the technical capacity of manufacture and construction SMEs in biogas technologies.  (Colombo/November 18 2015)

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