iEnergy's new initiative to unlock value of waste

Initiative to be launched at the fourth Global Green Forum, Copenhagen

NEWS, Facilities Management, Global growth, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Waste collection, Waste management, Waste treatment

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s Institute Centre for Energy (iEnergy) has announced its intention to join several stakeholders to launch a new global partnership in waste management at the fourth Global Green Forum (3GF2014), which takes place in Copenhagen from October 20-21, 2014.

It aims to match partners with the problem of managing municipal solid waste with solution providers to join forces to unlock the value of waste. The new initiative looks to holistically and sustainably manage waste, while also creating value for all stakeholders.

Titled ‘Turning Waste Into a Resource: Integrated Sustainable Waste Management Partnership’, the partnership will leapfrog existing techniques and long standing approaches to waste treatment and the processing of organic solid waste into biofuels and bio-chemicals.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute, said: “Leading the development of sustainable solutions, as supported and directed by the UAE leadership, remains one of the key principles of Masdar Institute.”

“We are delighted to join other stakeholders in this global partnership for waste management to usher in an era that will help tap the potential of waste,” he said. “We believe the new initiative will provide further momentum to other waste management efforts across the sustainability spectrum.”

In the near-term, this partnership will offer roadmaps for implementing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) of municipal solid waste (MSW) from an integrated technical, political, social, financial and environmental perspective. It will also explore best practices and pursue innovation for the different stakeholders within the area.

The launch of the partnership in Copenhagen will be followed by a workshop to be hosted during the World Energy Future Summit during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2015. The workshop will present the expansion of the partnership including new members.

The next step will be real life demonstrations of ISWM in two countries: Ghana and the UAE. These demonstration plants will illustrate how ISWM solutions can be implemented and adjusted to different contexts.

A centre for integrated sustainable waste management will then be established. The final goal of this initiative will be to see ISWM used globally, turning waste in a resource, supporting green growth worldwide.

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