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Update:November 8, 2013

 Supporting Japanese companies for enhancing environmental technology transfer -  October Visit to the Philippines 

As part of a fiscal 2012 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry-commissioned program, ICETT provided support for Japanese companies that have difficulties getting into the business of transferring environmental technology and knowhow to developing countries in Asia due to the lack of connections with local companies or organizations and the information on the situation there.

From October 15 to 20, staff of a Japanese company together with ICETT staff visited Cebu City in the Republic of the Philippines. The company is aiming to transfer its knowhow on the construction, operation, and management of biogas power generation facilities that use methane from fermented food waste. The purpose of the visit was to conduct a field survey and select a local partner company in the city.

Based on the requests from the Japanese company, the visit was primarily arranged by the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST), a close partner of ICETT.

After interviews with three local companies, one was selected as a possible partner. Then, there were negotiations between the Japanese company staff and the management of the Filipino company on how to proceed with future policies and projects.

In order to gather the information on the waste disposal system and the related legal system in Cebu city and to identify possible sites for the facility construction, visits were made to the partner company's landfill site and recycling facility, the Cebu municipal government, food waste producers such as food-processing factory and a university.

The task ahead is the development of the business model towards the realisation of the project through discussion and information exchange between the Japanese company, local partner company and local consultants.

  photo-1  Interview with the local partner company officials

  photo-2  Recycling facility of the local partner company

  Photo-3-2  Landfill site of the local partner company