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A German Delegation comprising nine companies from the waste management sector visited the Indian cities of Kochi and Mumbai from 25th to 29th September 2017. This visit was organized by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in co-operation with eclareon GmbH and Indus Media. The delegation was accompanied by Christian Zankiewicz, representing the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

India’s rapid economic growth has resulted in a substantial increase in solid waste generation especially so in urban centres. Every year around 62 million tonnes of waste is already produced in India, of which only 12 million tonnes gets recycled. By 2050, the amount of garbage collected is expected to grow to 436 million tonnes. The economic potential of this business area is to reach about 13 billion USD by 2025. The Indian government launched the "Clean India Mission" in 2014 and has also issued new guidelines for waste disposal besides allocation of funds. Another national level initiative aimed at improved civic services infrastructure including waste management is the Smart Cities mission which is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with a mission to develop 100 cities all over the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. Kochi is one of the cities in this mission and for which Germany has also pledged its support for the programme by offering investments and technical know-how.

With this background, the delegation visit was organized as a Fact-Finding Mission to provide the German delegates an overview of the current market scenario and future potential for business co-operation in the Indian market.

The programme started in Kochi with a briefing together with the German Consul General of in Bengaluru, Ms. Margit Hellwig-Boette, Ms.Dipti Kanitkar and Ms.Chaitra Dole of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Vaishali Nandan, Senior Advisor at GIZ and Mr. Brijesh Patel of Indus Media who provided them overview of the economic scenario of India, Indo-German bilateral relations, German engagement in southern India as well as in-depth information of policy and regulatory matters and opportunities to enter to Indian market.

This was followed by a Presentation-and-Networking event where the delegates had a chance to interact with officials from Government of Kerala - Mr. T. K. Jose, Principal Secretary, Local Self Government Department of Kerala and with Dr. M. Beena, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) as well as companies in Kerala engaged in waste management.

Over the next four days the delegation had the opportunity to further interact with associations and government authorities such as Mr. Mohammed Hanish, Chief Executive Officer of Cochin Smart Mission Ltd., Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, as well as Dr. Sahu of the National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI) which provided them an insight into the present state of the waste management industry as well as upcoming projects.

Several site visits were also planned in Mumbai and Kochi which provided an overview of processes implemented for waste management. One was to the municipal landfill site in Kanjurmarg, Mumbai operated by the company Antony Lara which implements scientific processes such as composting and bio-reactor technology, others were to decentralized plants in Kochi operated by Suchitwa Mission and CREDAI Clean City Movement for handling domestic waste via composting and bio-methanation as well as a plastic processing of the Clean Kerala Company which serves to recycle certain types of plastic for use in making roads.

Furthermore the delegation also visited to the trade fair IFAT in Mumbai where the delegates got an overview of the Indian industry as also the chance to interact with Indian businesses.

Through the various meetings and interactions with stakeholders in India it is observed that that India is beginning to build a nationwide and effective waste management and recycling system and is still at an early stage of development when it comes to the coordinated separation, recycling and disposal of waste. Different cities in India are adopting different working models for waste management. While there are large scale projects being announced for centralized collection and processing of waste, some cities are also following a decentralized model and some others a combination of both.

Summing up the feedback of the delegates, and drawing upon the German experience, many of the participants see potential to enter the Indian market in the mid-term range, more in the large-scale centralized waste processing projects rather than decentralized models.

Final business delegation - Agenda & Program in India

List of German Delegation Companies

Please click on the links below for presentations during the Solid waste management delegation.

Vaishali Nandan, Sr. Advisor, GIZ India 

Brijesh Patel, MD Indus Media

Waste Management in Kerala

Clean Kerala Company

KSIDC_Future Solid Management Projects in Kerala