As part of a project implemented by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera on Wednesday inaugurated a Biomass Terminal in Homagama.
The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy is implementing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Project on Promoting Sustainable Biomass Energy Production and Modern Bio-Energy Technologies with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel used for thermal energy generation in the Sri Lanka industrial sector by removing barriers to the realization of sustainable biomass plantation. It also aims to adopt and improve biomass-based energy technologies.
Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the biomass terminal, Hon. Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera, stated, “I am confident that through the establishment of this biomass terminal, we can not only ensure that we have clean energy but also safeguard our forests.”
Speaking on the partnership between the stakeholders to contribute to the biomass energy sector, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka Ms. Lovita Ramguttee said that over the past 50 years, UNDP has been a key development partner for the Government of Sri Lanka and remains committed to helping the country achieve sustainable human development.
“We are working both through UNDP-led initiatives and through inter-agency collaboration within the wider UN system through projects such as this to help achieve the vision for a greener and sustainable Sri Lanka.”
Also addressing the gathering, Sri Lanka Representative, FAO Ms. Nina Brandstrup said the wood energy can make a worthy contribution to economic growth, and create ‘green’ job opportunities, clean enterprises and improve living standards in rural areas. “FAO is pleased to be a part of this project to contribute towards a greener Sri Lanka,” she added.
The establishment of the terminal in Homagama is part of this endeavor. With the capacity to generate 40 MT of processed and high-quality biomass fuel per day, this terminal will operate as a collection and distribution center of biomass energy, even out demand and supply fluctuations, and play an important role in the long-term sustainability of the biomass energy sector.