Waste generated in Abu Dhabi emirate will go up to 30mn tonnes per annum by 2030 from the current 6mn tonnes per annum, should the emirate maintain its current rate of urban and economic growth, officials said.
Gulf States produce 120mn tonnes of solid waste every year.
Abu Dhabi has adopted the “reduce, reuse and recycle” strategy to deal with the increasing waste. The emirate is also exploring innovative ways for recycling and the conversion of waste material into power, officials said while launching an international exhibition to showcase related solutions.
With its productive output and efficient conversion rate, waste-to-energy is emerging as an attractive clean energy source, they said. The UAE government is very supportive of developing a waste-to-energy strategy as a key green growth technology and recognises that these technologies have the ability to provide a renewable source of energy as well as minimise its landfill challenges. The government is conducting a federal-level review of waste-to-energy technology and policy which will guide the sector into the future, the officials said.
The Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi (CWM) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, have launched the new international exhibition dedicated to waste management and recycling, to be held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week next January.
EcoWASTE2014 will be held from January 20-22, 2014 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Hosted by Masdar, together with the CWM, and organised by Reed Exhibitions, it will address the region’s waste disposal challenges to further promote sustainable development and environmental conservation.
Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, said the addition of EcoWASTE to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week alongside the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit underlines the continued emergence of Abu Dhabi as a global platform to promote the wider adoption of sustainable development.
“EcoWASTE will offer a number of business opportunities across the entire solid waste management services sector,” said Frederic Theux, president of Reed Exhibitions Middle East.
An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January. Encompassing 2,000 square metres at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, EcoWaste is expected to attract 60-80 exhibitors from across the world, including experts in waste-to-energy, landfill services, industrial cleaning, refuse collection, composting, site decontamination, air pollution monitoring and control, and research and development.