Study Tour on Bio-Energy and Waste-to-Energy (W2E) technology application in Finland


As a part of the Capacity Building component of the Energy and Environment Partnership with the Mekong Region (EEP Mekong), a Study Tour on Bio-Energy and Waste-to-Energy (W2E) technology application in Finland was organized in collaboration with Finpro.

The activity targeted public and private stakeholders relevant to the development of the Waste Management and Waste to Energy sectors, including:

  • Regulators and decision-making officers from the Mekong region: To understand how regulatory framework can promote Bio-Energy and Waste-to-Energy technology applications.
  • Project developers from the Mekong region: To see first-hand innovative technology applied in this sector, expand their business networks, and explore opportunities for partnerships.
  • Project developers and technology suppliers from Finland: To identify potential partnership with local project developers in the Mekong region.

A Delegation of 29 representatives (15 from private sector and 14 from public bodies) related to Waste to Energy (W2E) business from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar participated in the Study Tour.

Additional 13 persons from the host institutions and organizations participated as host and coordinators; including Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Embassy of Finland in Hanoi, Finpro, Niras, and the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of the EEP Mekong Programme.

From the Finnish private sector side, 8 companies participated in a B2B workshop organized by Finpro, where they presented their technologies and services to the Study Tour participants.

The 5 days of Study Tour included the following activities:

  • Institutional presentation (September 11th): The Study tour started with a welcome reception offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA), where Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia, Mr Kimmo Lähdevirta, gave a presentation on Finland’s cooperation programs, and Mr Oskar Kass, Senior Officer of the Unit for Development Finance Institutions, presented the potential for economic cooperation and funding instrument, followed by a discussion with the participants.
  • Site Visits (September 11th to 15th): A total of 11 technical site visits to waste management, bioenergy and waste to energy plants, were organized to allow participants see first-hand innovative technologies applied in Finland, and understand the result of successfully implemented business models in the waste management and waste to energy fields.
  • Business cooperation / B2B (September 14th): The participants attended an event organized by Finpro, which included presentations of selected Finnish companies with potential to collaborate with the Mekong region in the Waste Management and Waste to Energy sectors, presentation on Finnish cooperation programs and financial instruments that can be applied for the development of projects in the Mekong region, and B2B tailored meetings with companies and stakeholders from Finland that have the potential to cooperate with the Mekong partners in selected areas of interest.
  • Cultural program (September 14th): Taking the opportunity of the study tour to show the participants interesting features of Finland, a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Suomenlinna island was organized, where Deputy Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia, Ms Eija Rotinen hosted a dinner for all participants.

The feedback from the participants showed that this activity resulted of high interest for both from private and public sector. The participants expressed their interest in new Capacity Building activities related with Bioenergy and W2E, which will be considered in new planned activities for the EEP Mekong Programme.