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Resource management: Policies and technologies

by James Morgan on Jan 19, 2014




According to a 2013 report from ICAEW Economic Insight, population growth in the Middle East is occurring much more rapidly than in the West. Between 1990 to 2010 the region grew by 52%, and in certain countries, the rate of growth has been even more pronounced. For example, the UAE’s population underwent a threefold increase within this timeframe. The average rate of global population growth during the same period was 29%, and Europe’s population grew by just 2.5%.

Such growth represents something of a double-edged sword for the Middle East. On the one hand, an ever-expanding labour force has allowed local nations to grow their economies and push ahead with some of the most ambitious construction projects ever undertaken. On the other hand, in order to cope with extra inhabitants, the region has been forced to expand its infrastructure at an unprecedented rate. As such, not every sector has had time to evolve as efficiently as it might have done otherwise.

One such sector is that of waste management. While many would point to the GCC’s burgeoning recycling industry, the region is still predominantly reliant on landfill for the disposal of its waste.

Even so, with the pace of population growth in the Middle East expected to remain higher than elsewhere in the world for the foreseeable future, the modernisation of waste management facilities represents both an important and potentially lucrative market in the region.



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