UAE climate change ministry inks MoU with Masdar and Bee’ah
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment's MoU will study the possible implementation of a waste-to-energy facility in Ras Al Khaimah
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Bee’ah.
The aim of the MoU is to study the possible implementation of a waste-to-energy conversion facility that would serve Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.
Speaking about the newly signed agreement, Saif Mohammed Al Shara, assistant under-secretary for the external audit sector at MOCCAE, said: "The signing of this MoU comes as result of the keenness of the ministry to strengthen the existing strategic partnership with the concerned authorities in order to deal with increasing developmental challenges and their management in a sustainable way.
“It also aims to achieve the National Agenda targets under the UAE Vision 2021."
Meanwhile, Khaled Al Huraimel, group chief executive officer of Bee'ah, commented: “With the economic growth that the UAE has enjoyed over the past years, it is necessary for us to pursue responsible energy stewardship and diversify the region’s renewable energy portfolio to achieve sustainability benchmarks set in the UAE Vision 2021.
“Optimising energy efficiency and maximising waste diversion from landfills, waste-to-energy projects hold great potential for the clean energy future of the UAE.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the ministry will award exclusive rights to Masdar and Bee’ah to implement services required to put together an integrated study, with the goal of executing a multi-fuel commercial and traditional waste-to-energy conversion facility in Ras Al Khaimah.
A steering committee will be formed to formulate decisions with regard to the project, WAM reported.
In May this year, Bee’ah and Masdar had announced forming the joint venture company, the Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC), which will focus on developing waste-to-energy plants across the region.
Its first project is a multi-fuel facility to be constructed within the site of Bee’ah’s existing waste management centre in Sharjah.