India: PIB Waste2Value

On 14 May 2013, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and India's Ministry of Urban Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This aims to promote the development of a sustainable habitat and healthy metropolitan regions and cities in both countries. The two countries will stimulate the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise between their organisations and institutions of learning.

In the field of waste management, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and our Embassy in New Delhi are developing and supporting:

  • Business 2 Business (B2B): Indian and Dutch companies will cooperate on specific projects.
  • Government 2 Government (G2G): central government will cooperate at a more strategic and policy level; cooperation between state government and municipality at implementation level.
  • Knowledge 2 Knowledge (K2K): Indian and Dutch institutions will cooperate to boost training capacity, certification through training and exchange programmes.

The G2G and K2K programmes will be key in establishing new business and enter public networks. This will result in lobbying the central government and sharing knowledge with the municipalities and other decentralised government organisations.

The B2B, G2G and K2K activities also form the basis of the public-private 'Partner in International Business (PIB) Waste2Value India' covenant signed on 30 September 2014. This cooperative action programme aims to develop new Dutch waste management projects in India. RVO has assigned Rijkswaterstaat to implement the G2G and K2K programme for this PIB. Rijkswaterstaat is experienced in implementing Dutch waste management policies and is well equipped to execute these programmes. Furthermore, India regards the Netherlands as a role model in waste management. The Dutch have a reputation for being able to adapt Western practices and technology to different local circumstances in India.

Activities in 2015:

  • Co-support and co-supervision for two TU Delft students on their thesis projects on sustainable waste management in the city of Ahmedabad (running Feb-Aug 2015).
  • Outgoing mission of the PIB companies to India (1-4 June).
  • Training programme on implementation of sustainable waste management (together with UNESCO-IHE) and Rijkswaterstaat (8-11 June 2015).
  • A workshop/presentation/matchmaking at the IFAT in Mumbai, 13-15 October.
  • Incoming mission of Indian officials and stakeholders is planned for the end of 2015.

For further reading
RVO, International Enterprise
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Wikipedia)
Solid waste management in India: options and opportunities (ScienceDirect)