Beijing, April 24, 2015—IFC, a
member of the World Bank Group, has invested $4 million in MTI Environment
Group Ltd., a leading player in China’s sludge composting and odor control
market, to support the company’s expansion in China. This investment will
help supply clean-technology solutions for the waste treatment sector and
promote resource efficiency in China.
IFC and SIIC Environment Holding Ltd.,
a Singapore-listed water treatment and environmental protection company,
will jointly invest $8 million in MTI, which will use the funds for expanding
its research and development as well as marketing and sales functions,
and for potential acquisitions.
“IFC’s investment showcases international
investors’ confidence in MTI’s technology and business model,” said
Liu Feng, Chairman and CEO of MTI Environment. “We will also work with
IFC to further enhance our environmental, social and corporate-governance
practices in order to create more value for our shareholders and customers.”
MTI has been operating in China’s wastewater
treatment sector for more than 10 years and one of its fastest-growing
businesses is to provide a composting technology to help municipalities
properly handle the sludge generated by wastewater treatment plants and
reduce the related odors. At present, many treatment plants send sludge
to landfills at a high cost. MTI’s technology helps kill pathogens in
the sludge, render it harmless for the environment, and recycle it into
construction fill or non-agricultural fertilizers.
“China has 20 percent of the world’s
population and only 5 percent of the world’s renewable freshwater supplies,”
said Simon Andrews, IFC’s Country Manager for China, Korea, and Mongolia.
“IFC is helping China address this challenge by partnering with innovative
businesses like MTI and promoting resource efficiency across the water
treatment value chain.”
This investment is part of IFC’s plan
to support the transfer of resource-efficiency technology to the water
sector in China. Since 2005, IFC has committed $286 million in 14 projects
in China’s waste and water sectors.
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private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries,
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poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22
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