Waste Not, Want Not - Cost Effective Solutions to Pollution
A Philippine distiller has demonstrated how to turn wastewater into clean energy and fertilizer, highlighting the cost effectiveness of green solutions to pollution.
In 1998, Absolut Distillers Incorporated (ADI), an alcohol distillery based in Batangas in the Philippines, received a cease-and-desist order from local government authorities to halt discharges of harmful wastewater into nearby rivers.
In response the company took a number of innovative measures to clean up its operations, including putting in place equipment to convert wastewater slops into biogas (methane) for use as an energy source at the plant.
This case study is based on separate case studies that appeared on ADB's Wastewater Innovations website and From Toilets to Rivers Volume 1.
- 1998: Expansion of ADI's wastewater catchment lagoons
- 2000: Construction of artificial wetland
- 2001: Setup of sequential batch reactor system
- 2008: Setup of ADI's biogas digester through funding from Mitsubishi Corporation under the Clean Development Mechanism
- PhP 2 to 3 million : For the lagoon expansion and setup of the artificial wetland and the batch reactor system
- US$ 2 million: For the biogas project
- Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan
Philippines, Energy, Environment, Water
Last updated: October 2016
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