TRCSS releases Working Paper # 1 | Waste to Energy in Delhi: Alternatives towards Sustainable Urban Waste Management
TRCSS Working Paper No. 01/2018
Waste to Energy in Delhi: Alternatives towards Sustainable Urban Waste Management,by Pravin Kushwaha, Pritpal Randhawa, Fiona Marshall, and Pranav N Desai. TRCSS Working Paper No. 01/2018, New Delhi: TRCSS-JNU, June 2018.
Abstract: With the increasing waste production in urban areas, multiple technological solutions, models of waste governance and alternative practices of solid waste management have started acquiring momentum in Indian cities. Of the numerous solutions to this problem, waste to energy technology is emerging as an essential solution in India. Hence, this paper probes whether the emergence of waste to energy technologies is the 'preferred solution' for municipal solid waste management in Delhi, in the context of the wider political economy of environmental management in urban India. Specifically, it is concerned with (1) the processes that are involved in the prioritisation of particular types of urban waste management technological interventions, (2) The types of environmental, health and social justice issues that are formally recognized in these processes, and how and why others are unrecognised, (3) who gains and who loses from current interventions, and how people's understandings compare with those of local service providers and officials, and (4) Possible alternative waste management scenarios, institutional and regulatory arrangements that are emergent.
About TRCSS: Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). One of the major initiatives of the TRCSS, JNU is South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) – a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre. STEPS Centre is a joint venture of Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK.