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Amid an era of burgeoning power-producing technologies worldwide, Water and Energy Minister Gebran Bassil suggested on Monday the investment of Municipal financial revenues in the production of bio-energy.

 

Minister Bassil sponsored on Monday the launch of SIDRO project "a study on the possibility of producing bio-energy in Lebanon", paving the way for a road map towards the production of energy from biomasses.

Bio-energy, also known as bio-fuels, comes from any fuel that is derived from biomass - recently living organisms or their metabolic byproducts. Unlike other natural resources such as petroleum, coal and nuclear fuels, bio-energy is a renewable energy source.

 

"What we're launching today is an initial sweep to unravel Lebanon's hidden potential for bio-energy," Bassil said in presence of the United Nations Development Program Representative in Lebanon Mr. Robert Watkins, the Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon, Juan Carlos Gafo, the Swiss and Korean Ambassadors, and a crowd of experts.

 

"We have abundant natural resources in our country, and available updated technologies for its use," Bassil said, highlighting the need to make use of it.

 

But Bassil said that a political decision was still needed to activate such work.

The Minister suggested herein the use of Municipal financial revenues to support this project.

 

"Some fear that municipalities do not enjoy the capacity to properly spend all the revenues they collect (...) for instance, municipalities could cover with their budget governmentally incurred deficit," Bassil said. He cited the example of the billions spent on sewage networks in different Lebanese localities, at the time that many of those networks ware out of function.

"Municipalities could invest their revenues in sewage-related projects, to harmoniously function with the major distributing distillation stations along the Lebanese coast and Bekaa region."

 

The Water and Energy Minister went on to suggest that a portion of these municipal revenues be allocated for waste-to-energy projects.

 

"Garbage is a problem for every municipality in Lebanon, thus I suggest that a part of the billion dollars be invested in thermal decomposition projects or any other waste treatment project, a thing which produces gas, then electricity," Bassil said in the hope that Lebanon would finally manage to produce bio-energy.

 

Furthermore, Bassil reminded that any renewable-energy suggestion entailed a new legislation by the House of Parliament.

"One of the main flaws of law 462 is that it makes no mention of renewable energy," he said, noting that by the end of 2010, a project-law had been drafted allowing companies the production of energy. "But we have recently introduced the renewable energy item to this law."

 

Bassil finally called on the House of Parliament and the Council of Ministers to adopt one of the laws mentioned above.

 

"This is a vital and essential study on which we can build the future," Bassil added, hoping that Lebanon's intellectual productivity would be translated in actual bio-energy, by making use of all the available sources of energy in the country.
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