Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council – India (WTERT–India) is co-founded by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University.
WTERT-India was founded to address the rising interest, increasing investments, and the dire necessity of sustainable solid waste management in India. It aims to create a niche for the budding solid waste management sector in India. It intends to act as a swiveling point to funnel important decisions related to solid waste management in India in the right direction. WTERT, India will be the latest addition to the Global WTERT Council (GWC) which is already operating in the U.S., Canada, Greece, China, Germany, Japan, Brazil, France, U.K., Italy, and Mexico. At GWC, WTERT-India it will function as India’s window to the world on the entire spectrum of solid waste management issues.
For nearly two decades, the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University has conducted research on the generation and disposition of used materials and products in the U.S. and globally. This research has engaged many researchers on all aspects of waste management. Since 2000, EEC has produced thirty M.S. and Ph.D. theses and published nearly one hundred technical papers. In 2002, EEC co-founded, with the U.S. Energy Recovery Council (ERC; www.wte.org), the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), which is by now the foremost research organization on the recovery of energy and metals from solid wastes in the U.S.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) headquartered at Nagpur and with five other branches in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai is one of the prime research institutes in India. It is a forerunner in research on solid waste management with dedicated researchers. Research conducted by NEERI in 2005 on MSWM in fifty nine cities is one of the comprehensive studies on this issue. The other important studies on SWM include India’s Initial National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The work related to Landfill Gas use as LNG in transport sector as well as new LFG model development is under progress with Texas Transportation Institute, US. The researchers engaged in solid waste management at NEERI are recognized internationally.