The Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy has signed an agreement with China Tianying Inc. (CNTY), a renowned Chinese firm specialising in municipal solid waste incineration for power generation. This collaboration aims to propel green energy and environmental protection initiatives in the Maldives.

CNTY, known for its investment, construction, operation, and maintenance of environmental protection infrastructure projects, is also engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of environmental protection equipment.

The agreement is expected to help mitigate the effects of climate change and promote green energy solutions in various sectors, including water and sewerage, energy production, and low-carbon urban development, in addition to environmental protection, according to the Environment and Climate Change Ministry. It also encompasses joint efforts on economic development initiatives.

The agreement with CNTY enables incorporating their state-of-the-art technology to strengthen renewable energy generation, sustainable waste management, and mitigate the effects of climate change, stated Thoriq Ibrahim, the Minister of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, at the signing event.

The introduction of CNTY’s advanced technologies in the Maldives would expand renewable energy production across the outer islands and enhance the renewable energy sector through modern technology, he said.

“CNTY is a top company in the renewable energy domain. We will work to establish renewable energy production across the nation and utilise cutting-edge technology to introduce renewable energy production competencies and make them accessible to the people,” Ibrahim stated.

Debiao Cao, the president of CNTY, who signed the agreement on behalf of the company, highlighted that the agreement would strengthen China-Maldives relations. CNTY would provide any assistance required by the ministry as part of the agreement, he added.

The agreement also includes plans for education and training in environmental technology, according to the ministry. This would involve arranging capacity-building initiatives such as workshops and seminars and providing internship opportunities.

Under the agreement, CNTY and the ministry will collaborate to enhance the capacity of stakeholders and sustainable development agencies engaged in the initial and subsequent phases of the waste-to-energy project executed on Thilafushi Island.