Waste-to-energy under spotlight at EcoWASTE 2014

Trade show will be held in Abu Dhabi from January 20-22

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

The waste-to-energy sector will be under the spotlight at the EcoWASTE 2014 exhibition, with Swedish and Qatari companies showcasing the benefits of their technology.

The trade show will be held in Abu Dhabi from January 20-22. 

Swedish company Avfall Sverige will be displaying its expertise in the waste-to-energy sector.

Around 50% of Sweden’s solid waste is converted into sustainable energy.

According to Avfall Sverige’s CEO, Weine Wiqvist, supportive policy frameworks helped accelerate the adoption of waste-to-energy in his home country.

“Waste management is seen as a public service and there is a clear division of roles and responsibilities that enable necessary investments in, for example, infrastructure. In addition, we can rely on long-term regulations and economical steering instruments, as well as on the co-operation between municipalities and also between the public and private sectors.”

Qatar’s foray into waste-to-energy indicates the lucrative business opportunities in the emerging sustainable waste management sector.

Completed in 2011, Qatar’s Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC), the first of its type in the GCC, comprises a waste sorting and recycling facility, an engineered landfill, a composting plant, and a 1,500 tonnes per day capacity waste-to-energy incineration plant.

Keppel Seghers, the Singaporean company which designed and built the complex, will showcase its DSWMC technology at the inaugural EcoWASTE.

“A number of Middle East countries are considering waste-to-energy as a viable and cost-effective means to address the mounting problem of municipal waste output and Qatar has led by example,” said Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers.

“The DSWMC facility is entirely self-sufficient in power and actually exports 35 megawatts of its total output of 50 megawatts to the national grid. What’s more, 95% of the waste it receives is diverted from landfill.”

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