Dung made the statement while receiving Sebastian Rose, sales director of Germany’s INTEC company, which has 30-year experience in industrial waste treatment, in Hanoi on June 11.
After being introduced to the German company’s technology to turn solid waste into gas and energy, the Deputy PM lauded the INTEC’s idea of investing in a waste-to-energy plant in Vietnam, saying the country is in need of modern and suitable waste treatment technologies to protect the environment.
However, he held that modern technology is normally expensive and not suitable to the condition of Vietnam as most of the technologies require waste classification.
Currently, waste in Vietnam is basically treated by burying, which is harmful to the environment. Meanwhile, the pilot of other technologies following the models applied in many countries was not successful due to failure in waste classification, he noted, adding that high price is another concern of Vietnam.
He asked the Ministry of Science and Technology to coordinate with other ministries and sectors to verify and assess economic-technical indications of the waste-to-energy technology of INTEC company.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade was assigned to work with relevant ministries and agencies to calculate the price of power provided by solid waste-to-energy plants.
Deputy PM Dung also underscored the need to design specific projects for pilot implementation, while reminding enterprises to consider the possibility of producing lines and equipment domestically to reduce costs.